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Artists React to Kim Burrell’s Controversial Church Sermon


Image Group LA/ABCKim Burrell‘s recent church sermon, in which the gospel singer called homosexuals “perverted,” not only has faced criticism from fans, but fellow artists as well. 

As previously reported, Pharrell Williams, who is scheduled to perform alongside Kim on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this Thursday, tweeted a statement after a video clip of Burrell’s sermon went viral, stating, “I condemn hate speech of any kind. There is no room in this world for any kind of prejudice. My greatest hope is for inclusion and love for all humanity in 2017 and beyond.” 

Janelle Monae re-posted Williams’ Instagram statement, adding one of her own in a caption. “My advice: If your religion is causing you to spew out words of hate, judge, or look down on others because of who one loves then you need to change it. And fast,” she writes

Chaka KhanQuestlove and gospel icon Yolanda Adams also have spoken out in response to Burrell’s comments.

Khan tweeted, “It NEVER fails that ministries promoting judgment & hate have NOTHING 2 do with the divine. LOVE is 4 EVERYONE! #SelectiveMorality.”

Meanwhile, Questlove tweeted a handful of messages, not just for Kim, but for everyone. 

“I want Christians to focus on actually being Christlike & compassionate to their fellow man. & this isn’t solely for Burrell’s sermon,” he wrote. “The entire 2016 political season I was utterly shocked & dismayed by the high horseness of it all.”

Adams also tweeted, writing, “As a Person who has Gay Relatives and Friends, I had to put these Words in the Atmosphere to combat the unwarranted and unproven attack on My Friend Bishop Long. Hateful Words are never profitable to the Cause of Christ in the World. Jesus said ‘They will know you by your Love.'” 

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