Grammy winner Pharrell, who composed the soundtrack for the film Hidden Figures, was set to perform on Ellen this week with gospel singer Kim Burrell. But in the wake of Burrell’s inflammatory and homophobic statements that made their way onto the internet over the weekend, the performance was cancelled by Ellen herself.
For those asking, Kim Burrell will not be appearing on my show.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 3, 2017
Pharrell, however, still dropped by to chat with Ellen about Hidden Figures and Burrell’s comments.
“There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 or moving on. There’s no room,” he said. “She’s a fantastic singer and I love her just like I love everybody else. 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. Live and let live. Love and let love.”
Ellen chimed in as well, saying simply, “Be kind to one another.”
“I feel that. Because, as someone who has received a lot of hate and prejudice and discrimination because of who I choose to love, I just don’t understand anyone who has experienced that kind of oppression or anything like that, now…it only gives me more compassion. It gives me more empathy. I don’t ever want anyone to feel hurt because they are different.”
Janelle Monáe, who stars in the film, spoke out earlier this week about the way people use religion to oppress and discriminate against the LGBTQ community.
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. 🙏🏿❤
“Whenever you see something. 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,” added Pharell, “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, uh, ‘white’ in that sentence and all of a sudden it starts to make sense to you…The world is a beautiful place but it does not work without empathy and inclusion. God is love. This universe is love. And that’s the only way it will function.”