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NBC's 'Smash' Celebrates Music of Anti-Gay Pastor Donnie McClurkin


You may recognize the name Donnie McClurkin. He's a gospel singer and minister who stirred up controversy for Barack Obama during the 2008 election campaign because of his statements condemning homosexuality.

Which is why it's odd that NBC's show about Broadway, Smash, is celebrating his music.

McclurkinMcClurkin is a notorious homophobe who performed at the Republican National Convention in 2004, has vowed to battle "the curse of homosexuality," and believes that gays can be turned straight with religious intervention.

Wrote the WaPo in 2004: "McClurkin wrote on a Christian Web site in 2002 that he struggled with homosexuality after he was molested by male relatives when he was 8 and 13. 'I've been through this and have experienced God's power to change my lifestyle," he wrote. "I am delivered and I know God can deliver others, too.'"

Writes our tipster: "As a gay Christian working in the world of theater... I really dug the storyline last night about a gay dancer bringing the cast to his church... couldn't help but be disappointed that the show chose a song (no matter how wonderful it is) to fit the scene written by a man who thinks a large percentage of the chorus boys on the show are an abomination."

Watch McClurkin and Smash perform his song "Stand", AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Really boggles the mind why anyone would choose to put money in this guy's pocket by performing his music, same thing can be said with regards to Gary Glitter on Glee.

    Posted by: Sean | May 9, 2012 9:59:07 AM

  2. Doesn't it actually seem more likely that the show was taking the song away from McClurkin and his anti-gay views? It was performed by a character who is African-American and openly gay in the African-American church where he grew up with his accepting family in the pews.

    How much more clear could the producers have made it that this was an appropriation of McClurkin's song without actually inserting some ham-fisted dialogue to that effect?

    Posted by: Chris | May 9, 2012 10:04:35 AM

  3. McClurkin is a sad, pathetic closet queen.

    Posted by: John | May 9, 2012 10:07:41 AM

  4. CHRIS, the only thing wrong with what you suggest is that the producers had to pay him for that song and it promotes his music to be further purchased by gays who may not know his anti gay history, thus putting mo money in this fools pocket.

    Posted by: MrJ | May 9, 2012 10:25:01 AM

  5. towleroad there is an interesting event happening in the korean entertainment industry i hope you cove it,one of their biggest pop stars yesterday released a clip for his new video and its pushing boundaries by being very gay inclusive its BIG news's a link of the clip and the dabate happening in asia and the west(allot of western fans now follow "kpop",its starting to make an impact in america etc)

    Posted by: sal | May 9, 2012 10:27:39 AM

  6. I have no doubt McClurkin is a closet case so it's actually quite funny to have an openly gay African American character singing his song on one of the gayest shows on TV. McClurkin will cash his check and look exactly like the hypocrite he is while doing so.

    Posted by: Matt | May 9, 2012 10:30:02 AM


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 9, 2012 10:35:49 AM

  8. North Carolina and its Hate filled Amendment, the television show SMASH which has numerous Gay characters features a Homophobes music, Romney saying he will never change his mind on Gay Marriage (even though he already has), Santorum being given one forum after another to spread his Hate Speech, Tony Perkins being given a chance to spread his Hate Speech on national TV, the list goes on and on.....
    It is time We, the Gay and Lesbian Communiity get off our collective Asses and BOYCOTT States, Television and Movie Studios, Corporations and Products, Religious Denominations and Politicians that do nothing but spread HATE and Homophobia. The power of the GAY Dollar is enormous and seems to be the only tool we have left in our arsenal to stop the rampant spread of HOMOPHOBIA!

    Posted by: Jon | May 9, 2012 10:39:25 AM

  9. Aside from my moral objections to the song as a vehicle for promoting the bogus "ex-gay" movement, it also struck me as awfully familiar, particularly the tune. Melisma notwithstanding, did its basic tune strike anyone else as a borderline plagiarism of the tune for this cheesy and decidedly non-religious song: ?

    Posted by: Thomasina | May 9, 2012 10:41:32 AM

  10. Another reason not to watch this awful show. Three minutes of gay scenes doesn't make up for the hour's commercials and snooze-fest.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | May 9, 2012 10:43:28 AM

  11. It doesn't matter because nobody watches this awful show anyways. Soon, it will be cancelled like most NBC shows.

    Posted by: Gonzo | May 9, 2012 11:21:06 AM

  12. It doesn't matter because nobody watches this awful show anyways. Soon, it will be cancelled like most NBC shows.

    Posted by: Gonzo | May 9, 2012 11:21:07 AM

  13. It doesn't matter because nobody watches this awful show anyways. Soon, it will be cancelled like most NBC shows.

    Posted by: Gonzo | May 9, 2012 11:21:07 AM

  14. It's just been renewed for a second season.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 9, 2012 11:29:32 AM

  15. You'd think a big old rich jew like Spielberg would know better than to put a black Nazi on his program last night.

    We were watching the program last night, and suddenly found ourselves scratching our heads as all the main characters (the adulterers, the homosexuals, the cougars, the cuckolds, the divorcees...) ...started to express the need to 'get them some religion for their problems', we turned it off when Rev. Gay-Hater started spewing his voodoo claptrap.

    Hey NBC:

    You think Gay People watch "SMASH" for religious bullying???? You think your actors aren't completely EMBARASSED by the fact that YOU threw them into an evangellical church? How many of the characters had to eplain WHY they went to church while claiming, "i'm a jew...but I'll go anyway.

    Did you really think no one would notice that you snuck a evangellical Hate Monger into the show? Have you never heard of Google?

    Once again, Shame on NBC.

    And Shame on Steve Spielberg.

    I suppose along with his Honorable Gluttenous Reverend Donught McFatty, Steve Spielberg can't wait to revive the 're-education' camps.

    They can co-write and make a movie about the great Gay Purge he helped foster. And then take home an academy award from his friends: "Schindler's Other List"

    And I suppose Spielberg's inherited Jewish Guilt will help him cope with participating in the 21st Century Holocaust.

    Spielberg; sorry dude. Last time I EVER spend one dime or one minute watching your programs.

    I will be unsubscribing to "Smash" and dumping it from my Tivo list post haste. I encourage others to turn the dial on what was a good show.

    PS - The race-baiting expressed above is hyperbole.

    Posted by: Mic | May 9, 2012 11:30:40 AM

  16. I did like the song before I knew its history. Glad I didn't buy it. I'll make sure to warn all my friends about it too.

    Posted by: Bobby | May 9, 2012 11:32:12 AM

  17. This gay holocaust was brought to you by NBC. And Chic-Fil-A.

    Smash a mouth full of finger lickin' god.

    Posted by: Mic | May 9, 2012 11:53:26 AM

  18. If the guy was molested, that'd be a terrible thing, but it was extremely unlikely to have anything to do with his sexual orientation. Plus, he's shown he'll believe and parrot almost anything, so imaginng excuses really aren't out of the question. The church and self-loathing homosexuals (much like the Republican party and self-loathing homosexuals) go hand-in-hand. I'd hope Smash will vet their songs better in the future.

    Posted by: Tarc | May 9, 2012 12:34:23 PM

  19. I'd say this is more of an oversight than homophobic situation with Smash. I don't watch the show, but emails should be sent regarding this to tell them why this is offensive and to make sure, in the future, they are more careful with their musical selections.

    Posted by: Francis | May 9, 2012 12:48:06 PM

  20. It might be constructive to go to YouTube and dislike or comment there where more people outside the "bubble" will be educated.
    Just a thought.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | May 9, 2012 12:51:15 PM

  21. The song was pedestrian in quality.
    The producers have a need to make a very public statement.......

    Posted by: Bob | May 9, 2012 1:40:00 PM

  22. McClurkin also sang this at Whitney Houston's Funeral. Should we be boycotting her now as well?

    Posted by: sduncan | May 9, 2012 1:45:13 PM

  23. If Whitney embraced this man and his position...then yes! We stop listening to Whitney.

    But if his appearance at her funeral was planned by someone else after her deh...then No, we do ot boycott. We put pressure on those who invited him to soil her memory.

    Posted by: Mic | May 9, 2012 2:10:46 PM

  24. Damn...SMASH is one of three shows that I love & follow religiously. This song definitely furthered the plot of the story but I didn't know that it was tied to this a-hole...I wonder if the show's writers knew about this...b/c it IS a very gay-friendly show otherwise. Argh.

    The scene was also odd to me b/c I tend to associate those types of black churches with homophobia (the YES, LORD!...M-HMMM...hand-twitching-and-raised-while-palms-facing-outward type of church). I guess, at least in this case, I wasn't too far off the mark.

    Posted by: yes lawd | May 9, 2012 2:48:19 PM

  25. It is odd Smash picked this song, would love know why. As for Smash's gotten much better. The last three episodes have been good. What the show should have been along.

    Above someone hoped it would be cancelled. NBC has already renewed it for a second season.

    Posted by: Tony | May 9, 2012 7:11:56 PM

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