Since video of Kim Burrell denouncing the LGBT community as “perverted” went viral, several celebrities have spoken out against the gospel singer and her message of hate.
The latest to weigh in on the controversy is Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique.
The comedian addressed the situation with her husband on their radio talk show, Mo’Nique and Sidney’s Open Relationship.
“It’s almost laughable, because you’re saying that in 2017, we are still dealing with people taking issue with people being who they were born to be, who they choose to be,” she began. “People are still taking issue with the cloak of, ’I am a warrior for Jesus and I must fight for Jesus and stop all you fags and dykes before y’all get condemned to hell.'”
Sidney agreed, pointing out the absurdity of any human claiming to know what a divine being would deem a sin.
“The comments that we heard her make initially and then in conjunction with what she followed up behind almost alluded [that] she wasn’t saying anything about the LGBT community,” he added. “She was speaking in reference to what God hates because it’s a sin and the only thing about it is that how many of you have heard the voice of God tell you that he/she/them, whatever you believe God to be, hates, in terms of what is a human dynamic?”
“There are so many other things we could be fighting for,” Mo’Nique continued. “We’re wasting our energy fighting over love.”
Last week, Pharrell, who worked with Burrell on the song “I See A Victory” off the Hidden Figures soundtrack, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss the singer’s comments.
“Whenever you hear some sort of hate speech and you feel like it doesn’t pertain to you because you may not have anything to do with that, all you got to do is put the word ’black ’in that sentence, or put ’gay’ in that sentence, or put ’transgender’ in that sentence, or put ’white’ in that sentence, and all of the sudden it starts to make sense to you.”
“The world is a beautiful place,” he concluded, “but it does not work without empathy and inclusion. God is love.”