Frank Ocean’s Mom: “Son, Can We Crop Kim Burrell’s Voice Out of Your Song?”

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Frank Ocean‘s mother wants him to cut gospel singer Kim Burrell from one of his tracks due to her homophobic views.

Burrell, who appears on the openly gay musician’s 2016 track Godspeed, caused outrage after footage emerged of her delivering a church sermon in which she described homosexuality as “perverted”.

In a post on Twitter, Ocean’s mother Katonya Breaux wrote that she had asked her son to, “crop Kim Burrells (sic) voice out of your song??”

In another tweet she added, “I mean damn. Hypocrisy and the inciting of hate p**ses me off. Opportunistic &?%#€!!”

Despite heavy criticism of her anti-gay sermon, the 44-year-old gospel star refused to disown her comments, saying in a Facebook live video, “To every person who is dealing with the homosexual spirit, that has it, I love you and God loves you but God hates the sin in you and me. Anything that is against the nature of God.”

Ocean, 29, who was brought up in a Christian household, came out as gay in 2012.

Following Burrell’s views on homophobia being made public, a scheduled performance on lesbian comedian Ellen DeGeneres‘ chat show was cancelled.

Burrell had been due to perform on Ellen alongside Pharrell Williams, with whom she collaborated on a track from the movie Hidden Figures.

Both Williams and the film’s star Janelle Monae have blasted the gospel singer’s comments in strong terms.


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. In addition, I feel we all belong to the same community, a shared community called humanity. And today and tomorrow and the next day I will continue to stand with other like minded people who condemn any and all statements and actions that would seek to deny the basic humanity of our fellow brothers and sisters. We cannot sit Idly by nor will we speak silently when we are confronted with such violence against members of our community. I am personally beyond exhausted by the ignorance and bigotry living in some people. At times I want to punch and I want to slap a lot of people when I read and hear the shit that comes out their mouthes !!! I will rejoice when folks stop thinking they ARE GOD, Jesus’ assistant, picking and choosing what “sins” are acceptable in the Bible, and using the Bible as a whip! WE can’t afford anymore tearing down of our shared humanity. 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. But what do I know. My hope is that we ALL go into this new year considering for one moment that we don’t have all the answers. My hope is that we become more understanding, less judgmental, more tolerate, and more patient with one another. Including me. HAPPY NEW YEAR. 🙏🏿❤

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“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,” the Happy singer wrote on Twitter.

Monae reposted Williams statement on Instagram and added, “I unequivocally repudiate(s) ANY AND ALL hateful comments against the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community.”