“You (Kim Burrell) should’ve said something 4 years ago when our President made that stuff alright” – Shirley Caesar
— J-Sun (@SUN_Of_Uhhh) January 5, 2017
Grammy winner Shirley Caesar recently came to the defense of gospel singer Kim Burrell after the latter found herself in hot water over a sermon blasting homosexuals. However, Twitter users didn’t take kindly to Caesar’s support of Burrell and made their feelings known.
The brouhaha all started when a YouTube video was uploaded on Saturday, Dec. 30, showing Burrell giving a sermon in which she said anyone who engages in homosexual activities will die in 2017.
“I came to tell you about sin,” Burrell says in part. “That [sinful] nature. That perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.”
Burrell also asserted that New Birth Missionary Church’s Bishop Eddie Long‘s thin frame was the result of AIDS. “I’ve never seen anything as heartbreaking as watching Bishop Eddie Long go down to nothing,” Burrell says. “It is an embarrassment to the church. ‘Cause nobody would be [saying] that you have AIDS unless a homosexual man didn’t come out and reveal what you did behind closed doors.”
Burrell later attempted to clarify her remarks on Facebook Live but never apologized for what she said.
Although many spoke out against the bigoted statements in the following week, including Burrell’s musical collaborator Pharrell Williams, Caesar stuck up for Burrell in a video posted Wednesday, Jan. 5.
“You should’ve said something four years ago when our President made that stuff all right,” Caesar said in the sermon clip.
In response, Twitter let Caesar have it.
@MJStarLover found the singer’s comments repugnant.
The fact that Shirley Caesar said "…when our President made that 'stuff' alright," as if LGBTQ+ people are not people, is damn disgusting.
— becca (@MJFinesseLover) January 5, 2017
DKT saw the backlash coming and referenced Caesar’s viral #UNameItChallenge video.
Lawd they gonna drag Shirley Caesar today. She gonna wish she just stuffed her mouth with them greens, beans, potatoes instead😥
— DKT (@darleneturner53) January 5, 2017
@KINGontheThrone also noted the Internet hit and thought the preacher should have stuck to talking about food.
Shirley Caesar needs to eat her food & shut up. No one asked for her unwarranted and unwanted opinion. These religious folks kill me. 🙄
— DJ ✨ (@KINGontheThrone) January 5, 2017
@savvyfatty tweeted about ongoing rumors about Caesar’s sexuality.
I've heard Shirley Caesar was a lesbian since the 80s.
Have you ever seen a pic of Shirley & her husband?
They looked like coworkers.
— 🎉🥳🎈BRI-40🎂♒️🎉 (@savvyfatty) January 5, 2017
While user Black Gold disagreed with Caesar, he didn’t think the anger was justified given her position.
Don't agree with what Shirley Caesar said, still don't know how y'all can be so mad at her this woman has likely been devoted all her life.
— no justice, no peace. (@Blay_Jay) January 5, 2017
Yet Khalil believed the 78-year-old should not be excused for her statement.
On Burrell’s claim that Long has AIDS, singer Yolanda Adams responded by saying she “had to put these words in the atmosphere to combat the unwarranted and unproven attack on my friend #BishopLong.”
“Hateful words are never profitable to the cause of Christ in the world,” she added in part.