Kim Burrell’s a lionized woman of many talents. Not only does she pastor Love & Liberty Church but she is also a renowned musician. Her emotional timbres and fervent hymns touch a myriad of people. Even the Grammy Awards threw her a nomination for her profound creativity. Her gifts have that ability to impact men and women at home and abroad. But, unlike her song, “Let’s Make It To Love,” she promotes hate instead.
For Director Theodore Melfi’s upcoming blockbuster, Hidden Figures, artist Pharrell Williams and Burrell share a duet. Their track, “I See A Victory,” packs a potent message for the masses. While it’s uplifting and empowering, the words are now mired in irony. She belts, “They’ll call it a mystery/But we’re gonna call it victory/We’ll be writing history/It’s gon’ be victory.” Their earworm is meant to inspire, influence, and include. Hopefully, audiences are still inspirited in spite of Burrell’s recent scandal.
Williams and Burrell did obtain a gig on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Unfortunately, Burrell’s opinion creates backlash too outstanding for DeGeneres to ignore. She tweets, “For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.” DeGeneres encourages goodwill, so the clergywoman’s insensitivity towards the LGBTQ community isn’t acceptable.
Billboard reports, “She said that ‘the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women … I love you and God loves you … But God hates the sin.'” Her heterosexism is like a repellant; it only deters versus invites. Even though Williams is her colleague, he opts for a softer approach.
On his Instagram, he posts, “I condemn hate speech of any kind. There is no room in this world for any kind of prejudice. My greatest hope is for inclusion and love for all humanity in 2017 and beyond.” If mankind could unite, this world would flourish. New Year’s Eve parties may lie in the past, but all individuals could still toast to brighter days.