January 02, 2013 04:36 PM by Donna W. Martin
Former American Idol winner, Fantasia Barrino stirred controversy and sent rumors flying when she posted what many interpreted as an anti-gay marriage slur. Was Barrino making a negative slur toward gay marriage? Or was she simply misinterpreted? Take the jump to find out.
According to E! News, Barrino said, “I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT THE church House… Everybody Trying!!!!!!!” she posted on Instagram. “It’s a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!! I’m not doing Nothing for you… My Life!!!!”
While we can’t be certain what Barrino is referring to when she said “yet I’m judged,” we do recall accusations claiming she was to blame for the breakup of her baby’s daddy, Antwaun Cook’s marriage, which led to her attempted suicide in August 2010.
Barrino later spoke of the incident on Good Morning America. “I always take a licking and keep on ticking… It just became heavy for me to the point that I just wanted to be away from the noise… There’s so much that people don’t understand. They just see the glitz and the glamour, and they feel like life is so perfect, but we’re human and we go through things,” she said.
Soon after the Instagram message posted, angry comments exploded in response. “Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Instagram account were recently taken far out of context,” a representative for Barrino wrote. “Ms. Barrino is not now, nor has she ever been an opponent of the LGBT community. She has supported and performed at numerous events that are sponsored by the LGBT community. Whether it’s through a live performance or placement on social media, Ms. Barrino uses every opportunity to reach out and connect with her fans, all of her fans.”
And later, Barrino said, “It has been brought to my attention that something I said was taken out of context,” the Grammy winner noted. “I, Fantasia Monique Barrino, don’t judge anyone because I don’t want to be judged. The gay community is one of my largest supporters. I support the gay community as they support me. Bloggers please stop misrepresenting the facts.”
What do you think of Fantasia’s comment? Did she make an anti-gay marriage slur? Or were her comments misinterpreted? Post a comment and let us know.
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