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Sherri Shepherd apologizes for homophobic remarks: 'I embrace everybody'

Posted by on Jan. 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM
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Sherri Shepherd is the latest celebrity to jump on the apology train for recent comments that have been considered homophobic by nature.

After an interview with Fusion host Alicia Menendez last week in which she attempted to deny being anti-gay while still remarking on the perceived sinful nature of homosexuality, Shepherd used her time on "The View" on Tuesday (Jan. 21) to clarify her viewpoint further.

"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," the co-host begins. "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."

Shepherd asserts that her words were twisted by the press. "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," she continues. "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," Shepherd adds. "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."

In her initial interview with Menendez, Shepherd was asked about the biggest misconception viewers have had of her during her six-year run on the ABC talk show. "I think people don't know my heart. I think people feel I'm very judgmental. I think people feel I'm very homophobic," she said. "If they knew me, and knew my heart. ... You grow up being a Christian and you grow up believing homosexuality is a sin; you're going to hell if you're a homosexual. This is something that they teach in churches. So it's something that I grew up believing.

"I might not agree with your lifestyle, but I love you," she continued. "You may not agree with my lifestyle, but you love me ... I don't say it's a choice. If you tell me, 'Sherri, I was born gay.' OK. I'm not gonna argue with you, because I can't tell you how you feel and what's going on inside. I'm trying to make it into heaven by the skin of my teeth ... I don't know who I'm gonna see. So if you tell me you're born [gay], I'm not gonna argue with you. And I absolutely respect you for that. I just ask that people respect how I feel, [I] respect how you feel and we can have a great dialogue."

Are you happy Shepherd apologized? Do you think there was anything even worth apologizing over? Sound off in the comments below.

by on Jan. 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM
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by on Jan. 21, 2014 at 3:45 PM
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Nothing to apoligize for.  Everyone has their own beliefs and the last time I checked we have freedom of speech in this country.  Although, it seems to be being threatened an awful lot lately...especially when it comes to this hot button issue. :/  

KW1280
by Member on Jan. 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM
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I agree. I didn't see the interview but from what I read it doesn't seem like she bashed anyone

Quoting SugarrCane:

Nothing to apoligize for.  Everyone has their own beliefs and the last time I checked we have freedom of speech in this country.  Although, it seems to be being threatened an awful lot lately...especially when it comes to this hot button issue. :/  

MommySally
by Silver Member on Jan. 21, 2014 at 9:33 PM
Here we go again...
KenneMaw
by Member on Jan. 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I think if Elizabeth Hasselbeck had said something similar, the networks would have fired her.   She was a conversative, Christian voice yet she was constantly put down for her beliefs.  It is funny the same standard isn't applied across the board on that show.    Also, I think this is basically what Phil Robertson said and look at the ruckus that caused.   

Mommabearbergh
by Bronze Member on Jan. 23, 2014 at 2:37 PM
Sherri is very much middle road on her political beliefs and a good deal of the time Elisabeth was wrong on historical issues. Btw Sherri is also a go team Jesus as is Elisabeth. Seriously do your homework on the show if your gonna be all panties in a bunch

Quoting KenneMaw:

I think if Elizabeth Hasselbeck had said something similar, the networks would have fired her.   She was a conversative, Christian voice yet she was constantly put down for her beliefs.  It is funny the same standard isn't applied across the board on that show.    Also, I think this is basically what Phil Robertson said and look at the ruckus that caused.   

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