John M. Becker

Sherri Shepherd Apologizes for Anti-Gay Comments

Filed By John M. Becker | January 22, 2014 10:45 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Alicia Menendez, apology, bullshit, celebrity apologies, Jehovah's Witnesses, love the sinner hate the sin, religion-based bigotry, Sherri Shepherd, The View

sherri-shepherd-lifestyle.pngSherri Shepherd, who got herself in hot water last week for making anti-gay comments in an interview with Fusion's Alicia Menendez, took a moment on yesterday's episode of The View to apologize to the LGBT community:

"Working on a talk show that's centered in the opinion business, there's been several things that I've shared in the press that have upset people, and typically I don't respond to the criticism. However, I'd like to say I'm truly sorry to anyone I've offended with the viewpoints I express on Alicia Menendez's Tonight on the Fusion network.

"My interview was misrepresented, and only a portion of my comments were used as a headline to give the impression that I was condemning members of the LGBT community living in their own truth. In the interview, I express I was raised as a child to have a certain set of beliefs, but my beliefs have evolved significantly as my own personal relationship with Christ has increased.

"I believe that love is the grace of all things and I have no desire to judge anybody by who they are. I'm a person of compassion and anyone who knows me knows that I love, I accept, I embrace everybody who has love in their hearts. So I love you."

A good effort, to be sure, but you'll notice that while Shepherd says she's evolved in her views since childhood, she still did not address the question of whether she believes homosexuality is a sin -- which is a major reason her remarks were so offensive in the first place.

What do you think? Am I being too hard on her? Did Shepherd's apology go far enough?

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