Kim Burrell is probably very much regretting the controversial sermon she did in which she made some very anti-LGBT comments, as she has now been dropped from the gospel awards over her homophobia.
The sermon, which went viral earlier on this month, said that gay people have a “perverted spirit”.
Kim continued in the sermon: “Anybody in this room who is filled with the homosexual spirit, pray [to] God to free you. You’re playing with it in 2017, you’ll die from it. 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 will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted.”
Rather predictably, and deservedly, Burrell has had quite the backlash over this anti-LGBT comments. First, her appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show as cancelled and publicly condemned by Pharrell who was due to sing live with her on the show originally. She has also had her radio show cancelled.
The next blow that backlash has delivered is that Burrell has been dropped from the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music event.
Talking on the removal of Burrell from the event, the BMI said: “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. 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.”
As well as being un-invited from the BMI event, Burrell will also no longer be honoured there as was originally planned. Instead, they will honour gospel singer Marvin Sapp.