We’re all used to Pharrell being on point as a producer, but now he’s winning the LGBTQ debate, too.
The Voice coach & bucket hat enthusiast appeared on Ellen following Kim Burrell’s controversial Facebook Live video, and perfectly explained how we should all handle such bigotry.
In case you missed it, popular gospel singer Burrell streamed a video of herself condemning gay people, calling them perverted and hinting that they’d all die in 2017. There was also a reference to women motor boating each other, but we digress.
The timing for Burrell’s hate-filled rant going viral couldn’t have been worse. She was slated to appear on Ellen this week, and DeGeneres is one of the most iconic figureheads of LGBTQ rights in America. When Burrell’s video went viral, DeGeneres promptly cancelled on the singer.
Thing is though, Burrell wasn’t going to perform alone. The gospel powerhouse often plays with Pharrell, and the two were supposed to appear on the show together. Burrell was axed from the lineup; Pharrell still showed up, and wasted no time addressing the bigoted elephant in the room:
“There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on. She's a fantastic singer, and I love her, just like I love everybody else, and we all gotta 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 producer continued preaching empathy, even for those spouting the hate, saying, “Whenever you hear some sort of hate speech and you feel like it doesn’t pertain to you because you may not have anything to do with that, all you got to do is put the word black in that sentence, or put gay in that sentence, or put transgender in that sentence, or put white in that sentence, and all of the sudden it starts to make sense to you. I’m telling you, the world is a beautiful place but it does not work without empathy and inclusion."
Ellen applauded his take on the situation – what do you think?