Monday, January 02, 2017

It's January 2nd and We Have Our First ISBL Asshat of the Week: Gospel Star Kim Burrell

We’re just thirty-two hours into 2017 and I’ve stumbled across our first Asshat, gospel singer Kim Burrell. I don’t know who she is, and I don’t think I’d ever heard of her until this past weekend, but, well, she asshatted her way right to the top of the list.

Burrell, the singer, is featured on the film soundtrack for Hidden Figures, the story of three brilliant Black women at NASA—Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson—who, in the 1960s, were the brains behind the launch of John Glenn into space. 

That’s Kim Burrell; and so is this ...

Kim Burrell—slated to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres show this week—went on a homophobic tear, calling homosexuality a “spirit of delusion” and “confusion” and then calling The Gays “perverted.”

Kim Burrell in her own words:
“I came to tell you about sin. That sin nature, that perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women. You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted. You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted.”
And then it got better because once the video hit social media, as happens when bigots speak, Kim Burrell desperately tried to walk it back:
“We’re not in a war with flesh and blood. I came on because I care about God’s creation. And every person from the LGBT and any other kind of thing that is supporting gay, I never said LGBT last night, I said S-I-N. And whatever falls under sin was preached. What was posted isn’t how I preached too, but only that. Isn’t that something. That is the design of the enemy to make it look like I have a personal agenda against people. To every person who is dealing with the homosexual spirit, I love you because God loves you…but God hates the sin.”
Oh, that old tired rant about loving the sinner and hating the sin. That’s just religious double-speak for judging people and condemning people when you should be looking at yourself and worrying about yourself and understanding that God is love.

Um, Kim, you ignorant tool you clearly spoke about gay men and women so why you are now saying you didn’t is beyond me, except that maybe it’ll hurt your chances getting anyone to listen to your music. Yup, when your hatred and bigotry hits your pocketbook, suddenly you’re all, “I didn’t mean what I said even though I said it.”

Burrell is supposed to perform a duet with Pharrell on that Ellen show this week, and he responded to the controversy on his Instagram account:

And, in addition to what she did say in the video—a video of very poor quality, I might add, should you decide to find it and listen to it ... I don’t like posting hate speech here—Burrell Burrell seems to suggest that all gay people will die in 2017.

Lovely. A gospel singer, and a woman of faith, spreading hate, and perhaps suggesting that all gay folks will be dead before the year is out. And as the outrage grows, Kim Burrell is now saying she never said anything bad about gays and then blasted everyone who said anything against her:
“I was addressing church people. See how misconstrued you got it? … I never said God was killing gays in 2017. I said people who operate with that spirit in the church, with deception and attached themselves, are going to have to face the master. That’s what I said, and death is attached to their behavior…If that’s you, okay. But I never said LGBT, gays are going to die in 2017. Y’all stop that.”
Oh, so she doesn’t say gays are gonna get killed, she says we’ll all face our “master” and he’ll kill us for being gay.

I imagine, though, that one day, and who knows when it’ll be and who cares because I don’t know Kim Burrell and, after today, I will probably never speak her name again, but I suppose that one day when Kim Burrell meets her “master” he, or she, will look at Kim and say ...
"Why all the hate? Why not worry about your own house."
We watched the movie Freeheld this weekend; it’s the true story of a New Jersey police detective, a lesbian, who falls in love and then creates a legally binding domestic partnership with her girlfriend—this was in those dark days before marriage equality. Then the detective, Laurel Hester discovers he has Stage 4 lung cancer and tries to have her pension given to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree. But, since they weren’t married .... blah blah blah.

Well, as protests grew about the discrimination many people spoke before the town council about the injustice being done to Laurel and Stacie and one of the most poignant moments in the film is when a minister steps to the microphone and asks the council if they’d like to hear what Jesus said about The Gays; so he quotes Jesus on homosexuality.
“                                                                             .”
See, because Jesus never said one word about The Gays and people like Kim Burrell need to remember that; because Jesus spoke of kindness and compassion.

Kim Burrell needs to learn that and stop the hate.




anne marie in philly said...

and how much you wanna bet that if SHE were being discriminated against and being hated on, how SHE would scream bloody murder! bitch, it goes BOTH WAYS!

the dogs' mother said...

Hope you don't have to give out too many AoftheWs this year... xoxoxo

mistress maddie said...

If these people can't hold their own and stop back stepping, they need to keep their opinions where they should have been all along. In their empty heads.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I suspect that invitation to the Ellen show will disappear now. Pharrell will be singing solo!

Mitchell is Moving said...

Kim Burrell and her kind (i.e., like Trump) need to shut up or own up to what they say (oh... and then shut up anyway).