Shirley Caesar Defends Kim Burrell’s Homophobic Sermon: “You Should Have Said Something Four Years Ago!”

I hope Shirley Caesar enjoyed her moment during the #UNameItChallenge, because social media will call you out just as quickly as it hyped you up.

The pastor and gospel singer is currently in the same boat with Kim Burrell after seemingly defending Burrell’s controversial homophobic sermon.

Video of Caesar co-signing Burrell’s comments went viral on Wednesday (Jan. 4). While preaching/performing at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Maryland, she suggested Burrell should have spoken out much sooner, when President Barack Obama “made that stuff alright.”

“So, if you were going to say something, you should’ve said something 4 years ago when our President made that stuff alright!”

Burrell faced heavy backlash last week after condemning the “homosexual spirit” as “perverted” and suggested gay people would die in 2017 in a sermon that went viral. Though Caesar didn’t mention Burrell by name, it’s not hard to connect the dots here.

It should also be noted that that Obama did not make “that stuff alright” four years ago. The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015.

A longer video of Caesar’s sermon adds more context to her comments. She suggested preachers collect their congregations’ phones at the door, if they want to keep certain sermons “in house.”

No, Ms. Caesar, spewing hate speech in private doesn’t make it any less hate speech. That’s not how this works.

Burrell’s comments did not go without consequence. She was axed from a scheduled performance with Pharrell Williams on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and her KTSU radio show in Houston was canceled.

Caesar may want to tread carefully, or her coins may be affected as well. Though a legend in her own right, Caesar became a social media craze in November due to the popular #UNameItChallenge.

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  • Ava

    I don’t agree with what they said. But everyone is entitled to their opinion and if you dont like it dont support it. Simple as that.

    • SeanRobinson

      And that is what is happening, right? You realise that gay people are allowed to express their opinions as well, right?

      Bad speech is defeated by good speech, not silence.

    • Ava

      Did i say gay people weren’t allowed to express their opinion? What the fuck are you even talking about.

    • SeanRobinson

      So you admit your comment was truly pointless, empty bloviating? What, precisely, led you to drop such utterly inane banality on us all?

    • Ava

      You went out of your way to find a random comment on WSHH to try and make you feel better about yourself. Please find something better to do. Again, people are entitled to their opinions, right or wrong. get the fuck over it.

    • SeanRobinson

      People are allowed to disagree with you! The world is not your safe space.

    • Ava

      I didn’t say you couldn’t, you keep pulling these generalized statements out of your ass – read my fucking comments – Im not taking away your rights, get over yourself. do something with your angry little self please.

    • SeanRobinson

      How about you be a tiny less insanely defensive and become even a tiny bit self-aware about how transparent your homophobia is? Because I feel pretty comfortable about where I stand, but you are losing your sad little mind.

    • Ava

      Wow you can read so much from text on your computer screen. How is anything transparent lmfao. You sound like you have some identity issues and need someone to take it out on. You sound miserable, unhappy, and you are reaching for something thats not there. A simple comment of me saying people are entitled to their opinion makes you an expert on me… no. Delusional, maybe.

    • SeanRobinson

      Ava, it is clear to everyone but you where you sympathies lie when you bellow out defensive whining to a story like this. Be a better person.

    • Ava

      HAHAHAHA “clear to everyone”… you came to the wrong site trying to find a cause that was never lost. Again, get over yourself. This is fucking WORLD STAR HIP HOP BITCH

    • SeanRobinson

      Sorry that you suck, but you don’t have to blame me.