Kim Burrell Now a Hidden Figure on the ‘Ellen Show’ [Video]

BurrellGospel singer Kim Burrell has officially become a hidden figure on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” after video of anti-gay sermon goes viral. The singer was scheduled to perform a song from the movie “Hidden Figures” on Thursday with songwriter Pharrell Williams. Instead of the original duet, Ellen has confirmed that “I See A Victory” will be sung as a solo. The singer faces heavy backlash after delivering a sermon at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, TX condemning homosexuality as “perverted” and an “embarrassment” to the African-American church.

Video of the sermon also triggered responses from stars of the movie “Hidden Figures” as well as a host of tweets, and a petition of over 5000 supporters urging Ellen to boot the gospel singer from the show. Pharrell immediately released the following statement on Instagram:

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 Monáe, who is also set to appear on the show, denounced Burrell’s comments as hateful. The “Tightrope” singer did not think she needed to clarify her stance to followers but feels it is important that others understand her position. After retweeting Pharrell’s comments, the actress added:

I unequivocally repudiate ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ community.  I feel we all belong to the same community, a shared community called humanity. 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. 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 cannot afford anymore tearing down of our shared humanity. My advice: If your religion does not make you are more loving or better person, ditch it.

In a now-deleted video, Burrell, who has officially become a hidden figure on Ellen’s Show, stood by her claims, and said she has to do “what God tells her to do.” As such, “she makes no excuses or apologies.” The pastor has not rescinded her words but said “enemies” who posted only a part of her original sermon have misrepresented them.

Fellow gospel singer Yolanda Adams also spoke out against Burrell’s anti-love message after learning that the preacher included Bishop Eddie Long in her list of hell-bound folk. Adams posted:

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.’

Burrell’s vocal talent is featured on a song in the upcoming film “Hidden Figures” which prompted Ellen’s original invite for the singer to perform the duet with co-singer Pharrell.  Many within the LGBTQ community wondered how Ellen, whoBurrell came out as a gay woman back in 1997 as was one of the first to break the Hollywood mold, would handle this fiery situation. To the delight of many, Ellen revoked her invitation to the preacher.  However, the show must go on and will do so in the absence of Burrell who has now become a hidden figure on the show and to the many supporters of the gay community.

Although it is the right of any preacher to share personal convictions to their congregation, it is not as acceptable to speak in a hateful tone while decreeing that 2017 will be the year of their demise. Burrell has indeed received a host of backlash, but a great deal of support as well. Her message, despite the celebration by many within the Christian community, could affect appearances and performances outside of this religious union.  Due to the backlash of her anti-gay stance, Kim Burrell has officially become a hidden figure on an upcoming episode of the “Ellen Show.”

By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)


Entertainment: Ellen DeGeneres: Kim Burrell will not appear on show
Time: Gospel Singer Kim Burrell Addresses Backlash After Homophobic Remarks
Radio Facts: Kim Burrell Goes on Extreme Rant Bashing Homosexuals and Eddie Long
Christian Post: Yolanda Adams to Kim Burrell: Attack on My Friend Bishop Long Is Unwarranted

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2 Responses to "Kim Burrell Now a Hidden Figure on the ‘Ellen Show’ [Video]"

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  2. Eternal Sight   January 6, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Name calling, label making and trying to produce guilt is NEVER going to change what the LORD God, creator of the universe and everything in it has plainly decreed about the sinful lifestyle CHOICE of homosexuality, that goes for fornication and adultery as well. He has declared all of these to be sin, and they will always be, with the the exception that He declares homosexuality and bestiality to be abominations that are unnatural and completely against the natural order of things.

    Those who follow Jesus, have put all of their trust, all of their faith, and all of their hope in Him and what He has said in His Word know it’s better to please God to try to please sinful men. Pleasing God is eternal, pleasing men, well we all know that lasts about a Facebook minute.

    See Jesus commanded His followers to go out and tell the rest of the world the Good News about His coming, His death from shedding His very perfect, sinless blood on the Cross at Calvary, His burial in a grave and then His glorious rising from the very same grave three days after to show that He had conquered over sin and death, as only He could. He became sin for all of us because we couldn’t become righteous enough to be perfect no matter how hard we tried, sacrificed, worked, earned, gave, etc etc etc. Jesus covered every wrong, every hurt, every pain, every sad moment, every hopeless state… all of it, He took all of that and nailed it to the cross He was hung on, willingly… so that we didn’t have to suffer the very penalty that He gave His life for. So He is the Savior of the entire world, past, present and future… but, you to receive His free gift of salvation, you have to believe it, believe the gospel message about Jesus, and you will be saved from your sins. Saved from what? Eternal torment and suffering along with eternal separation from God Himself. There is a cost and penalty to sin, there is, and only Jesus could deal with it and cover this eternal price.

    Jesus stated in The gospel of John chapter 14, verse 6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father in heaven except by and through me (Jesus).” So Jesus definitively states that He, and no other person, way, religious practice, lifestyle, belief system, political system, etc is THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN. That’s it, the only one way there is.

    Jesus also said, “My Word is truth.” so Jesus definitively states that His Word, and only His Word is THE TRUTH. This means any other so called truths, regardless of how much people want to believe them, are nothing but falsehoods, and the more people choose to follow them, the more they will lead themselves away from the only REAL truth, which is Jesus, who is the eternal Word, God coming down out of heaven to take on flesh and bone, so that He could become the sacrificial lamb for the sins of the entire world. There is only ONE Truth, that’s it, and followers of Jesus know this, and when they obey Jesus command and tell people that God, who is truth, has said in His word, that something is a sin, they are motivated, doing this on a mission out of love trying to warn those who don’t know the truth of the good news of Salvation that Jesus provided.

    John the apostle wrote in his first epistle that “Friendship with the world is enmity with God,” This is the truth that followers of Jesus know and want to tell people. Along those lines, Jesus told His followers that “blessed are you when you are persecuted for my name’s sake.” So when you name call, start applying labels in order to try to provoke a guilty response from a follower of Jesus it doesn’t work because followers of Jesus know they have the truth of the Word of God Himself backing their position.

    Have a nice day.


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