“Hidden Figures” stars Janelle Monae, Pharrell Williams, and Octavia Spencer are speaking out against the homophobic remarks made by Kim Burrell, a gospel singer on the film’s soundtrack.
Burrell gave a sermon on Facebook Live in which she called gay people “perverted” and allegedly suggested gay people will die in 2017. The post then went viral on Facebook.
Williams, who collaborated with Burrell on a song featured in “Hidden Figures”, was quick to denounce her words, releasing a statement condemning “hate speech of any kind.”
“Hidden Figures” stars Monae and Spencer reGrammed Williams’ statement, adding their own remarks.
“I agree. We are all God’s children equal in his eyes. Hatred isn’t the answer. Intolerance isn’t the answer,” Spencer added alongside the image of Williams’ statement.
Monae added a lengthy response to her reGram.
“I shouldn’t even have to post this as you guys should already know where I stand but If you do not pls know I unequivocally repudiate ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ community. Actually I’m tired of that label. We all belong to the same community, a shared community called humanity,” her post reads, in part.
“WE can’t afford anymore tearing down of our shared humanity,” she continues. “My advice: If your religion is causing you to spew out words of hate, judge, or look down on others because of who one loves then you need to change it. And fast. If the religion don’t make you are more loving or better person, ditch it.”