Over the weekend former American Idol Fantasia Barrino took to her Instagram account and posted what a number of media outlets termed an “anti-gay rant.”
Her message also dealt with her thoughts on legalizing marijuana and the way she has been “judged” by many in the media.
Barrino’s full message read:
“I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT THE church House… Everybody Trying!!!!!!! Its a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!! I’m not doing Nothing for you… My Life!!!!”
It wasn’t long until criticism began to pour in and, of course, Barrino’s press team stepped in and attempted to set the record straight. She released the following statement:
“Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram [sic] 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.”