Pharrell stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to address Kim Burrell's homophobic remarks. The gospel singer was scheduled to perform Hidden Figures soundtrack cut "I See a Victory" with Pharrell on the show. Ellen cancelled the appearance after a video surfaced of Burrell talking about "the perverted homosexual spirit" during a chuch sermon and saying the LGBT community will die in 2017.
“I actually didn’t know her, her name is Kim Burrell. She made a statement, she was doing a Facebook Live and she said some very not nice things about homosexuals," DeGeneres explained. "So I didn’t feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she was saying things about me.”
Pharrell then commented on Burrell's remarks, saying "there is no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017, and moving on." He continued:
“I love her, just like I love everybody else and we all got to 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.”
The artist later performed "Runnin'," another song featured on the Hidden Figures soundtrack. The movie, based on the real-life story of three brilliant black women who made scientific history working at NASA, hits theaters on Jan. 6. It stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.
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