Gospel singer Kim Burrell’s rant against the gay community isn’t being taken lightly, and the musician has just been handed her first major blow.
Hidden Figures star Janelle Monae revealed that Burrell, who appears on the soundtrack to Hidden Figures, will not be performing her “I See A Victory” record with Pharrell Williams on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“I don’t think she’s performing. She’s not. She’s not performing,” Janelle Monae said while speaking with TMZ.
Ellen DeGeneres confirmed on Twitter that Burrell will not appear on the show.
For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 3, 2017
The Southern songstress did confirm that both she and Pharrell will “absolutely” still appear on the talk show this week. Janelle then went on to applaud Hidden Figures for “celebrating the often-times uncelebrated.”
“Make sure you guys tune in and watch,” she continues. “And go see the movie January 6. Hidden Figures. About the three African American women, American heroes directly responsible for getting our first astronauts into space. We are so excited about this movie.”
She also let it be known that she’s not here for Burrell or anyone else’s “hate speech.”
“I don’t stand for any hate speech or anything that targets our fellow brothers and sisters in a negative way,” she says.
Janelle also let her lack of tolerance for hate speech be known via social media. She reposted Pharrell’s “I condemn hate speech of any kind” photo and offered her own commentary.
I shouldn't even have to post this as you guys should already know where I stand but If you do not pls know I unequivocally repudiate ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ community. Actually I'm tired of that label. We all belong to the same community, a shared community called humanity. And today and tomorrow and the next day I will continue to stand with other like minded people who condemn any and all statements and actions that would seek to deny the basic humanity of our fellow brothers and sisters. We cannot sit Idly by nor will we speak silently when we are confronted with such violence against members of our community. I am personally beyond exhausted by the ignorance and bigotry living in some people. At times I want to punch and I want to slap a lot of people when I read and hear the shit that comes out their mouthes !!! I will rejoice when folks stop thinking they ARE GOD, Jesus' assistant, picking and choosing what "sins" are acceptable in the Bible, and using the Bible as a whip! WE can't afford anymore tearing down of our shared humanity. 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. If the religion don't make you are more loving or better person, ditch it. But what do I know. My hope is that we ALL go into this new year considering for one moment that we don't have all the answers. My hope is that we become more understanding, less judgmental, more tolerate, and more patient with one another. Including me. HAPPY NEW YEAR. ??❤
Frank Ocean’s mother, Katonya Breaux, also joined the cry against Burrell’s comments as she posted on Twitter that she asked her son to remove the singer’s appearance from his Blonde album. Burrell is featured on the cut “Godspeed” and Breaux blasted her for what she deemed “hypocrisy and inciting of hate.” Ocean revealed in 2012 that he is gay.
Me: Son, can we crop Kim Burrells voice out of your song??
— katonya breaux (@katonya) January 1, 2017
I mean damn. Hypocrisy and the inciting of hate pisses me off. Opportunistic &?%#€!!
— katonya breaux (@katonya) January 1, 2017
It’s currently unclear if Pharrell and Burrell’s “I See A Victory” record will remain on the Hidden Figures soundtrack.
The backlash facing Burrell comes days after video of the singer condemning “the perverted homosexual spirit” and “the spirit of delusion and confusion” in a speech at Houston’s Love & Liberty Fellowship Church went viral.
According to BBC News, Burrell recently offered an explanation for her past remarks in a Facebook Live video.
“To every person who is dealing with the homosexual spirit, that has it, I love you and God loves you but God hates the sin in you and me,” she said in the post. “Anything that is against the nature of God. I make no excuses or apologies. My love is as pure as it comes.”
Video of Kim Burrell’s rant is below.