Who is Kim Burrell? Gospel singer SLAMMED for calling churchgoers 'broke' and 'ugly'

The gospel singer later put out an apology video on Instagram, saying, 'If anyone was offended, I can sincerely say I apologize'


                            Who is Kim Burrell? Gospel singer SLAMMED for calling churchgoers 'broke' and 'ugly'
Kim Burrell was brutally slammed after she called churchgoers 'broke' and 'ugly' (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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Popular gospel singer Kim Burrell is being criticized heavily on social media for indirectly calling churchgoers ‘broke’ and ‘ugly’ while delivering a sermon.

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The 49-year-old singer from Houston, who has worked with artists such as JAY-Z, Mariah Carey, and Frank Ocean, made the comments during a guest appearance at one of Brian Carn's Kingdom City Church locations. In a viral video, Burrell can be seen laughing and asking the crowd at the church, "Sometimes before we get friends we have to do an interview: How long have you been broke? How many times have you changed your name on your light bill? How many of your bills are in your little cousin's name? Do you live in a trailer home or in a house?"

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She then added, "You understand. It's not about status or material things. It's just about choices."


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In the clip, Burrell can also be seen praising church leader Carn for telling "the type of truth that makes most people uncomfortable." "Who likes to be told you're just ugly? No one likes to be told that," said Burrell. "Most don't get offended until they know the bad thing about themselves… I haven't chosen anyone to be ugly yet. God is good. God is great. You all look great. Most of you have on hats covering most of that anyway. Here's to you," she added.

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Burrell then started singing, but not before proclaiming to the crowd, “I have a great personality.” However, when she was brutally criticized over her remarks, the gospel artist later put out an apology video on Instagram, with the caption, "Please hear my heart…I’m sorry."


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The gospel singer also posted a written apology on her Instagram handle, according to Distractify. It read, "As a kingdom citizen, and a woman of integrity, I acknowledge that some of my words, even if said in jest, can be offensive."

"My intention is never to hurt anyone, but to spread love, laughter, and more importantly, the gift which God has given me in song. If anyone was offended, I can sincerely say I apologize," it further read.

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In the apology that is now deleted, she added, "That being said, the irony in this is that those who are criticizing my statement are displaying the very thing that they have accused me of however, it's not humorous, or in jest."

One Twitter user wrote in response to Burrell's comments, "Kim Burrell has always been a bad look for Christians. She doesn't use her platform well or in an uplifting matter."

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Burrell has been brutally trolled on social media before as well. Her 2017 performance on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' was canceled after the singer was heard making anti-gay comments during a sermon.

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