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Fantasia: Instagram Gay Nups Jibe 'Taken Far Out Of Context'

BarrinoFantasia Barrino's PR team claims the singer's comment about marriage equality being an example of a world gone mad were "taken far out of context":

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.

Supporting an abstract community and supporting specific equal rights are not necessarily the same thing, mind you.

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    There is no "out of context" for including Marriage Equality in your rant, as if it was a worse sin than your sins.
    She is a rich entertainer. She ought to have learned that criticism comes with the job.

    Posted by: Bob | Dec 31, 2012 6:17:32 PM

  2. Who is this fat-#ssed bit@@?

    Posted by: Confused | Dec 31, 2012 6:31:08 PM

  3. 54 words - there's not much context to take this out of, and no room for misunderstanding.

    Posted by: Ken | Dec 31, 2012 6:56:34 PM

  4. Why must the gay community constantly be told to play stupid? We have to consistently be called a f*ggot in a round about way, then told boldly to our faces ..."Oh, no..I wasn't calling you a f*ggot...what I really meant was (insert drivel meant to make us look paranoid and at fault, when THEY are guilty of making the commentary)"

    Frankly, I find this tactic insulting.

    Own up to your bigotry after you state it.

    Posted by: 2 Dads | Dec 31, 2012 7:16:51 PM

  5. Ima say it. and say this as a black gay man. I see black brothers in the community constantly worship the next "diva" that has done jack ishh for them. for the plight of black LGBT in the black community. yet we worship them, and pay for their diamonds and houses and support them with all our might and they sure do know how to take our money, but do they show any support back? these 'divas' we salute could be a huge force to bridge the gap between black culture and gay black culture, yet we don't ever request they use their platform to do that. do help so many of our LGBT black siblings. and then when they do show their @$$ like Fantasia, we're all too quick to come defend them, support them, and PAY for their lavish lifestyles when we ourselves struggle daily in both a societal and financial way.
    let's go inward and check ourselves. stop worshipping someone just cuz they blow up.

    Posted by: Jordan | Dec 31, 2012 7:21:18 PM

  6. I find this PR statement even more offensive and insulting. I mean there's literally so many things wrong with this quote SMH.
    It's not even a good spin.

    Posted by: Marex | Dec 31, 2012 7:22:31 PM

  7. So in other words: we play gay venues and gay events to take your gay dollars, and have no problem being AROUND you all (so long as you pay us, of course) but your rights and freedoms? That's not really negotiable. Sorry. But we'll happily perform at like one of your gigs, you know. Just email us your rates and we'll go from there. We're cool now, right? right?

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Dec 31, 2012 7:24:38 PM

  8. @ USC Trojans Fan


    Posted by: LipstickLez | Dec 31, 2012 7:25:08 PM

  9. I'm beyond tired of this mess of people saying something that clearly indicates they are against our equality and then as soon as PR machine reminds them it can hurt their wallet, they try to fabricate a whole new tale, completely utterly changing the original intent of what they said. It's calculating, it's tired, it's lame---and you're still a homophobe.

    Posted by: Greg Cali | Dec 31, 2012 7:26:45 PM

  10. It is absurd when any black person tries to justify their homophobia by referencing a book that clearly condones slavery and, by history's use of the Story of Hamm, states whites are the superior race.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 31, 2012 7:29:03 PM

  11. @ Jordan
    Well said. I'm black bisexual and have for ages said that same thing. I don't care what white celebs are doing for outreach, they don't communicate their message to the black populace. Black artists, leaders, and public figures are who can use their platform to make serious strides in our community, and I commend folks like Jay Z and Beyonce doing just that. But we need more of that, because AA GLBT are so vulnerable and in need of someone championing them. We also need to just kick rocks and move on from people like Barrino who aren't getting us, regardless of spin, and are doing great damage. I have a zero tolerance policy for all bigotry, but bigotry like this first and most hurts black GLBT in our community who actually have to endure the consequences of it. That's where my concerns are.

    Posted by: ModestClashBrand | Dec 31, 2012 7:31:51 PM

  12. What the hell kind of quackery is that publicist bull? seriously? they couldn't come up with something more realistic? This made me literally LOL after reading it.

    Posted by: J.C | Dec 31, 2012 7:32:45 PM

  13. huh? no tailoring her original statement. She said what she meant and she's a bigot. If she expresses such a careless indifference to the struggles of LGBT on a public domain, I shake my head knowing what she does behind closed doors, or a voting booth.

    Posted by: Joshua Mendoza | Dec 31, 2012 7:34:24 PM

  14. In the most basic terms, she wants gay people to be first in line to attend her shows, but last in line in terms of equal access to fair treatment under the law. Gotchya.

    Posted by: IonMusic | Dec 31, 2012 7:35:34 PM

  15. On first hand knowledge, she's the most impossible person to be around. It's why she's gotten fired from most all her gigs, leaving her career completely dead. She had a fallin out with Beyonce because of the Dream Girls casting situation. I work closely in the industry. Beyonce is and has always been a pleasure to be around and professional as hell. She means business. This Fantasia clown, however, has ALWAYS been a nightmare to work with. A complete damn nightmare. In every sense of the word. Ask any soul who worked with her.

    Posted by: FM.J | Dec 31, 2012 7:41:43 PM

  16. Maybe it's my age of having dealt with so much homophobia, and people not wanting to taking accountability and confront their homophobia.

    Maybe it's because getting called a f-g to my face with a smile, has grown tired.

    Or maybe it's so many bigots "slipping up" and revealing their true feelings, then in an attempt to get my money, offering a disingenuous back peddle.

    But I'm over all this "woops! sorry for revealing I'm a bigot. Let's be friends. Now pay me!" BS.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Dec 31, 2012 7:46:19 PM

  17. This is hands down the worst publicist backtrack I have ever witnessed in my entire life.

    This seriously can't be what her team mustered up as a response. I don't believe it.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Dec 31, 2012 7:47:41 PM

  18. People who haven't experienced ignorance will be dismissive of this, as they are with most gay related ignorance. They'll even twist her words and try to make a rational pro gay champion out of her. We've seen it time and time before. Said people are what I call apologists. It takes those who have experienced a lifetime of isolation, rejection, and ignorance to be able to recognize ignorance- even the most subtle displays of it. Fantasia's wasn't even subtle.

    Posted by: Observer | Dec 31, 2012 7:54:10 PM

  19. There's gay kids killing themselves. Literally hanging themselves in their rooms, almost a weekly occurrance because of a society that constantly tells them they are wrong, and instead of using her voice to promote LOVE, this singer uses her voice to show judgment. Your Bible says a lot of things we shouldn't do that you yourself commit every day, but you want innocent gay children to be ostracized and contribute to their hatred. Shame on you. And shame on anyone so busy to use a Bible to continue to discriminate against an entire demographic.

    Posted by: Felix | Dec 31, 2012 7:56:56 PM

  20. WHA?

    She clearly said gay people being treated as equals is one example of how the "Worlds gone mad"
    To even try to put the same words we're both looking at in context is like spitting on my shoes and tell me it's raining. It's insulting.

    Posted by: amir | Dec 31, 2012 7:58:24 PM

  21. Can you imagine if ANY other demographic people were on the receiving end of such ignorant remarks, and people tried to justify it? They wouldn't. It's only when gay people and our rights are targets that we're told to "get over it" or "she didn't really mean it" or "it wasn't SO bad"

    Notice how only gay people are constantly told to get over the pure bigotry they face?

    Posted by: 4TA | Dec 31, 2012 8:01:49 PM

  22. I've noticed that on this site, more so than any other gay blog, regardless of what kind of ignorance is spewed by a celebrity toward gay people, there will be a few people who not only come to the celebs defense, but fabricate a whole new tale about what they 'really' meant in their quote. And how it wasn't homophobic. And how it was 'taken out of context'. As if it's a private conversation none of us were privy to, and not a public quote we all read for ourselves.

    Posted by: Lazerlightbeam | Dec 31, 2012 8:07:07 PM

  23. Lazerlightbeam,
    we call those posters -fanboys- Meaning they have no real sense of awareness. they worship the ground these artists walk on. they call them their divas. the celeb could say that all gays need to be put to death right away, and these fanboys would go from site to site still defending them, and consuming their entire lives on a person who really couldn't give two blank stares about them. it's sad, it's pathetic, but most rational minded posters ignore those people and see their tactics for what they are.

    Posted by: Gio | Dec 31, 2012 8:10:40 PM

  24. @ Lazerlightbeam

    It's also a sense of privilege in our society to BE homophobic. It's embedded in the minds of many by now. You grow up hearing gays get taunted, belittled and mistreated and part of you becomes so dehumanized to it that you expect it, and even subscribe to it.

    Recently, after a history of literally being beat and dragged and not fighting back, LGBT decided that we do deserve to be treated with rights & respect. That who we inherently love should not result in our consistent solitary while we're kicked. The problem with that though is, you're not only battling anti gay hate, you're also battling a percentage of society who've spent a lifetime seeing gay people shoved, kicked, and spit on with no real consequences....and now, finally, they are facing some consequences.

    And that right there is the elephant in the room that results in a knee-jerk reaction to defend homophobia. It's that sense of entitlement of "well, how dare you gays now stand up and speak up. We were accustomed to telling you how evil you all are, with no repercussions; and now you're trying to get a back bone on us? No. You take your seat on the back of the bus where you belong." Of course, they know better than to word it like this. That would, of course, blow the lid on their own cover. So instead, they'll come here and paint all sorts of imaginary scenarios and tales about how what we clearly witness as anti gay sentiments or actions are not at all anti gay, and in fact, it's the gay community who needs to settle down and move on.

    Happens frequently. Keenly observant LGBT are starting to pick up on that ploy.

    Posted by: Scott Johansen | Dec 31, 2012 8:20:39 PM

  25. shes made a market out of performing for black gay audiences for expensive fees, and then in a time when black gay folks gotta be fighting for THEIR place around the dinner table just as we had to as a black people 30 years ago, she gonna pull this? and throw us UNDER the table?
    after getting all us to pay for tickets, she don't think we should be able to marry who we want? get 1,200 less government benefits than she does with all the men she been with?
    no. you not getting my support. because you don't deserve my support.
    judged? trying being a young, poor black GAY man growing up in the bible belt of the south.

    Posted by: Bolt | Dec 31, 2012 8:29:29 PM

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