Why Ellen Banned Homophobic Singer From Her Talk Show

Banned From Ellen

Banned From Ellen

Ellen DeGeneres has defended her decision to ban pastor and singer Kim Burrell from her talk show, following comments that Burrell made in reference to the LGBT community.

Burrell, who is featured on Pharrell's song "I See A Victory", delivered a sermon recently in which she called homosexuality perverted and said that it is an "evil spirit".

You'll Die From It

You'll Die From It

“Anybody in this room who is filled with the homosexual spirit, pray God to free you. You’re playing with it in 2017, you’ll die from it," said Burrell, according to Pink News.

“That perverted, homosexual spirit is a spirit of delusion and confusion. If you, as a man, will open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted. If you are a woman and you shake your breasts in another woman’s face, you are perverted.”

Bad Timing

Bad Timing

In what may be described as bad timing, it was coincidence that Burrell was due to perform alongside Pharrell on the Ellen show, just a few short days after making the comments.

Ellen dropped the singer and pastor from the segment she was supposed to be included in.

Give Her A Platform

Give Her A Platform

“We have to talk about this before we go on… you were supposed to be performing a different song, and you were supposed to perform it with Kim Burrell," said that host when Pharrell appeared on her show.

“She made a statement and she said some very not nice things to say about homosexuals so I didn’t feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she was saying things about me.

“As someone who has received a lot of hate and prejudice and discrimination because of who I choose to love, I don’t understand anyone who has experienced that kind of oppression – it only gives me more compassion, I love everyone, I don’t want anyone to feel hurt because they’re different.”

No Room For Prejudice

No Room For Prejudice

“There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017," agreed Pharrell, who had already condemned Burrell's comments publicly.

“We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world and it only works with inclusion and empathy.”

We don't think Burrell will be invited to appear on any more Pharrell tracks any time soon!