Hidden Figures star Janelle Monae spoke out against hate speech, homophobia, and gospel singer Kim Burrell at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
Monae addressed the controversy that has surrounded Burrell's comments during a backstage interview with the cast of Moonlight, a film she also stars in and one which centers on the sexuality of black men.
Last week, Kim Burrell, who appears on the Hidden Figures soundtrack, came under fire for some deeply homophobic statements she made in a sermon. Burrell called gay men and lesbians “perverted” and said that their sexual actions were “sins.”
Since then, Burrell has been uninvited from a scheduled appearance on Ellen, has seen her radio show canceled and has been told she will no longer be honored at the BMI Gospel Awards. Both Monae and Pharell, who collaborated with Burrell on the Hidden Figures soundtrack, denounced her comments.
Pharrell told Ellen that “There’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 or moving on. There’s no room.” Monae wrote a heartfelt note on Instagram. “I am personally beyond exhausted by the ignorance and bigotry living in some people,” she said.
Last night, the singer and actress expanded on her thoughts after she was asked a question about the incident by a reporter at the Golden Globes.
“I’m pro-love," she said. "I’ve been very supportive of love. At the end of the day, I think that no matter where you come from and who you love, you deserve to have a right to the American dream and to also have your story told. And so I’m so thankful to be part of this true American story. I’m thankful to be part of a cast and a director who is pro-inclusion."
She continued, “I just think anybody who is representing hate is a part of the problem, and I hope that we can learn from each other and be more empathetic of one another. And I hope that we can all remember, at the end of the day, we all bleed the same color.”
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