Fantasia's gay marriage comments stir up controversy - and an apology
Fantasia Barrino's views on gay marriage have gotten her into a bit of hot water. The Season 3 "American Idol" winner went on an Instagram rant on Dec. 31 where she revealed her stance on the institution.
"I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT THE church House... Everybody Trying!!!!!!!" she writes. "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!!!!"
It didn't take long for her representatives to release a statement claiming her comments had been "taken far out of context," but the damage had already been done. Fantasia then had to issue an apology of her own.
"It has been brought to my attention that something I said was taken out of context," she says. "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."
Her reps' statement reads, "Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram account were recently taken far out of context. 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."