Lots of people are criticizing gospel singer Kim Burrell for her anti-gay rant, but pastor Shirley Caesar has a different take: Burrell should have made her comments years ago.
After video surfaced last week of Burrell saying gay people are “perverted in spirit,” Ellen Degeneres cancelled Burrell’s invitation to appear on “Ellen” alongside Pharrell Williams, with whom Burrell collaborated on the “Hidden Figures” soundtrack song “I See a Victory.”
On Wednesday, a video emerged showing Caesar, star of the viral U Name It Challenge, saying in a sermon that Burrell should have “said something four years ago when our president made that stuff alright.”
It was unclear what specific event Caesar was talking about. The Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal in 2015.
Caesar also said people should be careful about who is recording them when they speak. “Anytime you want to say something to your church… collect the phone calls at the door, your cell phones,” she said.
She apparently forget to take her own advice — because video of her statement is posted above.
Caesar doesn’t name names in the clip, but given the timing, there was little question who she’s talking about.
In the video last week, Burrell said the “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.”
Pharrell appeared on “Ellen” Thursday and said that although he still has love for Burrell, he doesn’t agree with her comments.
“Well, there’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017, and moving on. There’s no room,” the “Happy” singer said.
Caesar broke the internet in November 2016 when a gospel song of hers that mentioned “greens, beans, potatoes” was remixed into the U Name It Challenge.
TheWrap has reached out to Caesar’s reps for comment, but have yet to receive a reply.