Even singers with the big voices can find themselves with a foot in the mouth. Such is the case with Fantasia Barrino, whose comments about gay marriage has caused the American Idol winner to sing a different tune.
What was presumably an inspirational message to her Instagram followers turned out to offend the sensibilities of gay marriage proponents. On December 31, Fantasia sent a picture of herself in a meditative pose, with the following message:
“I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT THE church House… Everybody Trying!!!!!!! Its 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!!!!”
After some pushback from the social media circles, Fantasia’s reps attempted to mute the criticism with a statement.
“Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram account were recently taken far out of context, and the purpose of this release is to set the record straight. 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.”
When that statement did not cool the heat she received, Fantasia released another statement according to Today.
“It has been brought to my attention that something I said was taken out of context,” she said. “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.”
Aside from the latest controversy, Fantasia said she plans to expand her R&B/Soul sound into something she is calling “Rock/Soul.” Her new album is scheduled to drop her new album in March 2013.
-E. Parker, CBS Local