In just a matter of days, Kim Burrell lost her radio show and was axed from performing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and now she will no longer be able to attend the Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards.
Page Six writes:
Gospel singer Kim Burrell continues to face backlash after a video of her delivering a homophobic sermon went viral last week. BMI has uninvited Burrell from attending its Trailblazers of Gospel Music Awards ceremony on Jan. 14.
“Given the controversy surrounding this year’s co-honoree Kim Burrell, we have asked her to not take part in the ceremony in order to allow the focus to remain on the songwriters and their music,” a rep for the performing rights organization said in an exclusive statement to Page Six.
Burrell was supposed to be honored at the ceremony along with gospel singer Marvin Sapp. “BMI was founded over 76 years ago with an open door policy to welcome songwriters across all genres, and that same spirit of tolerance, diversity and inclusiveness continues today,” the statement read.
In related news, it looks like Shirley Caesar is backtracking.
We told you days ago that Shirley seem to support Kim Burrell’s controversial sermon and she even suggested that all pastors should start banning phones from church so their sermons don’t cause backlash.
However, Shirley is now claiming that she doesn’t agree with Kim Burrell and it’s important to love everyone.
The Jasmine Brand writes:
Shirley Caesar is addressing remarks that she made earlier this week, which some believed were supporting Kim Burrell’s anti-gay sermon. She explains during an interview with Bishop George Bloomer,
“I know who I am. I would never say anything to harm anybody. There’s no way I’m going to say something ugly about anybody. I don’t have time to. I’m in the fourth quarter of my life, and I’m doing everything I can to be the best humanitarian and best person that I can be.”
She further clarifies her comments about Burrell, saying:
“What I was saying was, why now? Why break up your life now to be bothered with something like that. That was then, this is now. Let’s go forward now with our lives. To every community…let’s go on with our lives. Time is too short.”
“The Bible says that ‘By this the shall all men know we’re his disciples, if you love one another.’ [Jesus] did not say whether they were a part of the LGBT or the NAACP. He just says love me.”