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Watch: Pharrell and Ellen Discuss Gospel Singer's Anti-Gay Sermon

Thursday Jan 5, 2017

Pharrell and Janelle Monae stopped by the "Ellen" show Thursday to promote the film "Hidden Figures." Gospel singer Kim Burrell was supposed to perform a song from the film's soundtrack with Pharrell but she was barred from the talkshow after her sermon, where she called gay people "perverted," went viral.

The "Ellen" show released a clip of Pharrell and host Ellen DeGeneres discuss Burrell being nixed from the performance and how to fight bigotry in 2017.

"[Burrell] made a statement, she was doing a Facebook live, and she said some very not-nice things about homosexuals," Ellen says. "So I didn't feel like that was good of me to have her on the show, to give her a platform, after she's saying things about me."

Pharrell goes on to say:

There's no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017, and moving on. [Burrell is] a fantastic singer and I love her, just like I love everybody else. And we all gotta get used to that. 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. It only works that way.

Burrell is facing backlash after her sermon went viral. She also didn't help matters when going on Facebook Live and refusing to apologize for the hateful things she said.

Frank Ocean's mother took to Twitter this week, saying she wants Burrell's vocals cut from one of her song's song. In addition, a Texas college announced it was pulling the plug on Burrell's radio show.

Watch the "Ellen" clip below.

[H/T Pitchfork]


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