'Hidden Figures' Singer Kim Burrell Under Fire for Comments About "Perverted Homosexual Spirit"

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The gospel singer was set to join Pharrell for a performance on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show.'

Gospel singer Kim Burrell says she makes "no excuses or apologies" for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted.

A tape of Burrell preaching at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church began circulating online. She said that "the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women." She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted.

Meanwhile, Burrell had been scheduled to sing a duet with Pharrell on Thursday on the talk show Ellen, where host Ellen DeGeneres is one of show business' most prominent lesbians. They were supposed to sing "I See Victory" from the soundtrack of the new movie Hidden Figures.

On Tuesday, DeGeneres tweeted that Burrell would not be appearing on the show.

Pharrell posted on Instagram that "I condemn hate speech of any kind," although he made no specific reference to his duet partner.


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It wasn't immediately clear when Burrell gave the sermon. She spoke Friday on Facebook Live about the tape that had circulated, referring to unspecified "enemies" for spreading only a portion of her speech.

Burrell said that she has never discriminated against gays and lesbians. "I love you and God loves you," she said. "But God hates the sin."

Jan. 3, 11:01 a.m. Updated with Ellen DeGeneres' tweet.