Kim Burrell Backlash Mounts After Calling Out ‘Broke’, ‘Ugly’ Members of Congregation

Burrell is under fire for comments that most would have known was a joke in past years.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 02: Kim Burrell performs onstage at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival )

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Things have not gone well for gospel singer Kim Burrell since she told churchgoers that they should avoid the “broke” and the “ugly” when choosing friends.

Instead, her comments have drawn a massive backlash. No big shock there.

“Sometimes, before we get friends, we have to do an interview: How long you been broke?” Burrell said. “How many times have you changed your name on your light bill?

“How many of your bills are in your little cousin’s name? Do you live in a trailer home or a house?”

She wasn’t finished. She also praised those who were “walking by faith” and not wearing masks or vaccinated against COVID-19. Oh, and those who weren’t ugly on the inside — or out.

“I haven’t chosen anyone to be ugly yet. God is good. God is great,” Burrell said. “You all look great. Most of you have on hats covering most of that anyway. Here’s to you.”

Granted, most of Burrell’s comments were seemingly exaggerated on purpose — and truly seemed intended strictly for entertainment.

But after the backlash, she felt compelled to apologize anyway.

“As a kingdom citizen and a woman of integrity, I can acknowledge that some of my words, even if said in jest can be offensive,” she wrote in a post. “My intention is never to hurt anyone but to spread love, laughter and more importantly, the gift which God has given me in song.”

That said, she was sent out a warning in that you best not try to spin what she said and make it seem worse than it was meant.

“I will apologize if anyone thought that my humor was malicious,” she wrote. “But I will not under any circumstances tolerate harassment, slander, or for my character to be defamed.”

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