La’Porsha Ranae has had a record deal for all of two seconds, but she has already put her foot in it after saying she does not agree with the ‘LGBT lifestyle’.
The Mississippi-born singer and American Idol runner-up was asked about her home state’s newly signed anti-LGBTI law, which allows business owners to deny services based on ‘religious freedom’.
She said: ‘This is how I feel about the LGBT community: They are people just like us. They’re not animals as someone stated before. They’re people with feelings. Although all of us may not agree with that particular lifestyle for religious reasons, whatever the reason is, you still treat each other with respect. Everybody is a human being. We should be able to coexist with one another.’
So far, so much saying LGBTI people are not animals.
‘I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle,’ she added. ‘I wasn’t brought up that way. It wasn’t how I was raised. But I do have a lot of friends and a lot of people that I love dearly who are gay and homosexual and they’re such sweet, nice people. We should just respect each other’s differences and opinions and move on.’
Ranae has previously said she wanted to use the platform of her new-found fame as a stepping-stone for change.
‘Yes, I know [American Idol] is a singing competition, but it’s also a show where a lot of times they shed light on certain things,’ she told Yahoo. ‘Having such a big platform, I wanted to use it for good.’
Maybe start with your own homophobia?
Here’s her response to the backlash.
— La’Porsha~Renae (@laporsharenae) 9 April 2016