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'Hidden Figures' Stars Condemn Kim Burrell's Anti-Gay Remarks

'Hidden Figures' Stars Condemn Kim Burrell's Anti-Gay Remarks

Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, two of the stars of Hidden Figures, are speaking out to condemn the homophobic remarks of Kim Burrell, a gospel singer featured on the film’s soundtrack.

Pharell Williams, who collaborated with Kim on a song for the movie, released a statement saying he does not support what Kim said and both ladies regrammed it and added their own comments.

Kim gave a sermon that she aired on Facebook Live in which she called gay people perverted and some believe she suggested that gay people will die in 2017.

Click inside to read Janelle and Octavia’s statements…

“I agree. We are all God’s children equal in his eyes. Hatred isn’t the answer. Intolerance isn’t the answer,” Octavia wrote alongside the photo of Pharrell‘s statement.

Janelle gave a lengthy response in which she explained why she does not support Kim’s words of hate.

“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,” Janelle said. “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 mouths!!! 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. 🙏🏿❤”

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