Singer and star of both Moonlight and Hidden Figures Janelle Monáe was asked a question backstage at Sunday’s Golden Globes about singer Kim Burrell’s anti-gay comments. Monáe, who has not shied away from speaking for the LGBTQ community and this issue in the past, proudly answered.
“I’m pro-love,” she said flatly. “I’ve been very supportive of love and at the end of the day I think no matter where you come from and who you love you deserve to have a right to the American dream and to also have your story told. And I am so thankful to be part of this true American story- to be part of a cast and a director who is pro-inclusion. And I just think that anybody who is representing hate is part of the problem.”
Monáe, who plays a mother figure to the main character in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, ended her comment by saying, “I hope we can learn from each other and be more empathetic of one another and I hope that we can all remember that at the end of the day we all bleed the same color.”
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. ??❤
Moonlight, a film centered on a young, gay and black boy from Miami has been racking up an incredible amount of award wins, including the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and several nominations from the British Academy Awards. It is perceived to be La La Land‘s biggest competitor at the Academy Awards later this year.
Bless Janelle Monáe for not only picking projects that promote inclusion, but for walking the walk AND talking the talk.
You can watch her comments below.
h/t: Huffington Post