Photo: Matthew Rolston for Interview
Terrance over at The Republic of T. posted an extensive background on some recent Jennifer Hudson controversy. To sum it up, she did an interview with the Dallas Voice who headlined the interview with the inflammatory, “‘Dreamgirl’ says, Gay is a sin.”
Well, that isn’t exactly what she said. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
As a Baptist who’s singing at circuit party, has Hudson reconciled her spiritual beliefs and her gay fan base? Does she support same-sex marriage?
“Nobody has ever asked me these questions,” she says.
“Everybody sins,” Hudson continues.
“No sin is greater or different than the other. To each his own. If it don’t bother Jennifer, then Jennifer don’t mind. I don’t really even think about it because I don’t believe in judging people for what they do.”
My mother, who attended my wedding, who would not let us sleep together in her house until we were married (and we got married in Massachusetts long before it became “legal” to do so), but who now does, embraces my husband as her son-in-law, and would go out on every long limb to protect our simply divine union against any foolishness. Yet, she still believes gayness is a sin. But so what. That’s her belief. She isn’t acting on it, is she? That’s all that matters in the end. She has found a way to reconcile those contradictions in her heart, a courageous and Herculean task as devout as she is, and that means kudos to her.
Jennifer Hudson’s expression of her honesty is alright with me, and I don’t think she was trying to appease anyone, nor was she trying to offend anyone, by saying it.
When J-Hud found out that she was being cast as a homo-hater, she responded with these words on her blog [via The Republic of T. via PlanetOut]:
In a recent interview, I was asked how I reconciled being a Christian with performing at events for my gay fans. I find it upsetting that some folks equate being a Christian with being intolerant of gay people. That may, unfortunately, be true for some, but it is not true for me. I have talked often of my love and support of the gay community. I have said again and again that it was the gay community that supported me long before and long after ‘American Idol,’ and kept me working and motivated.It is the gay community that celebrated my voice and my size and my personality long before Dreamgirls. Yes, I was raised Baptist. Yes, I was taught that the Bible has certain views on homosexuality. The Bible also teaches us not to judge. It teaches us to love one another as God loves us all. I love my sister, my two best friends and my director dearly. They happen to be gay. So what? While some search for controversy, I hope that my friends and fans who know me, know where I stand.
tags: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls, christianity, gays, homosexuality, spirituality