Gospel recording artist Kim Burrell is facing almost unprecedented fallout following her remarks concerning homosexuality during a recent sermon. Burrell made the remarks while preaching at Love and Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas. Burrell is the Senior Pastor of the worship center and made it clear that the bible condemns homosexuality.

Burrell stands by her statement calling homosexuality a perversion

Burrell responded to the backlash by refusing to back down from her statements but clarified her meaning.

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She said that God loves the sinner, but hates the sin. And she stressed that that means any number of sins. What sent social media users into such a frenzy was Burrell’s use of the word “perverted” when referring to same-sex lifestyles.

Not only is the backlash affecting the way many of Burrell’s fans view her, it is now spilling over into her livelihood. She has hosted a radio variety show called “Bridging the Gap” that was aired by Texas Southern University.

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The program featured Burrell’s opinions on the hot topics of the day, as well as featuring guest artists. The school has announced that in light of Burrell’s controversial remarks, it is immediately pulling the show, which started in 2016, from its lineup.

Ellen DeGeneres abruptly cancels Burrell’s scheduled appearance

Burrell had also corroborated with popular artist Pharrell on the soundtrack of the movie “Hidden Figures”.

The two were slated to appear on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" together, Thursday, January 5, 2017. DeGeneres, who admitted on the Oprah Winfrey show that she was gay back in 1997, swiftly canceled Burrell’s appearance on her show today. She told Pharrell that she had uninvited Burrell because “she said some very not nice things about homosexuals”.

Burrell, popular for her jazzy-styled renditions of gospel singing, is a much in-demand vocalist for artists representing all genres of music.

But she really captured the public’s ears and eyes when she appeared as a judge and vocal coach for contestants of “Sunday Best” which aired on the BET network. With her sassy wit, yet compassion for the singing hopefuls, she was considered the gospel Simon Cowell. She could verbally cut a performer to shreds, but when the performance was good, she was the first to her feet in a standing ovation.

So the fans are in a tizzy because Burrell spoke her mind about feeling homosexuality is a sin.

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What did they expect her to say as a pastor? That’s what preachers are called to do. Many are wondering why there is so much harsh judgment of Burrell for her statements, while others can say they grab women’s private parts and still be elected president. It seems there’s still a double standard for men and women when it comes to speaking their minds.

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