Sherri Shepherd To Gays: I Don't Agree With Your Lifestyle, But I Love You
When asked what she feels is the biggest public misconception about her, The View's Sherri Shepherd nominated her reputation as being anti-gay. Sherri then goes on the defense in the new interview with Fusion's Alicia Menendez, and claims that though she doesn't agree with the "gay lifestyle" (whatever that means), she loves us.
I think people don't know my heart. I think people feel I'm very judgmental. I think people feel I'm very homophobic. 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. 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 dialog.
Given her new interview, do you think Sherri's reputation as anti-gay is a misconception?