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Sherri Shepherd Clarifies & Apologizes For Anti-Gay Comments

Sherri Shepherd took time on Tuesday's episode of The View to clarify and apologize for statements made on during an interview with Alicia Menendez on the Fusion network, which many deemed to be homophobic.

Sherri said on Tuesday:

"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." 

What do you think of Sherri's clarification, Instincters?

Do you have a better understanding of her position?

 

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She needs to loose her job on the view. The same way Paula dean lost endorsements. She has got to be punished. She keeps having a bad attitude toward anyone that is different than her. She's sick. Just like Wendy Williams kid thinks she's always pissed, I'm sure Shepps- kids do too. 

Has she so fully evolved to believe bigotry has vanished off the face of the earth as well? A lot of room to talk there my dear, a lot of room. But, it was your opinion, and we are a nation of freedom and liberties, right?

How long are these hypocrite haters gonna get away with bigotry?

Too little, too late!  I don't like her any more.

She opened he mouth she now has to except that what she said was her true opinion and because of this she now has to own up and pay for her comments its sad that Monday was MLK Day and yet she feels sanctified to sit and Hate on a race of people that have shown her compassion and assisted in many ways to her status quo you don't love us Ms. Sheperd you love what we have given you and now that your mouth has risked losing it all your afraid and attempt as a hypocrite to pull your actions back......Well To Late......oh and "WE'' Love you to once you coincide and leave the View and Abc

Been silent on this too long. She's such a fake. When she moved to New York and was single and needed friends, Vince and I became very good buddies with her. I appeared on "The View", we celebrated birthdays together, trips to "Dancing with the Stars" etc. my past photos attest this claim. She had no problem with gays then. But when she finally found her second husband who is very religious, she decided that she would have to go back to her old beliefs in order to be a married Christian woman. Vince and I were dropped so fast, no return phone calls, no return emails completely disappeared.
If you truly believe these things Sherry you would've believed them your entire life not just when you got married again finally.
There's a special place for back stabbing friends who dump others when they find a man. 
you can't say you have respect for us and still say we're going to hell and we need to respect your view. The only people who go to hell in my opinion are people who cast out and judge others like you do.

NO!  the Fat PIG admits to having more abortions than she can recall but WE are going to hell?  i don't think so!  I will NEVER watch the view again!!!.....or at least until the FAT BITCH is fired! 

We sometimes forget that everyone has a right to an opinion.Just because they are celebrities doesnt mean they have to be for or against (homosexuality,gun control,etc.) I say live and let live-we dont all arrive at the same place at the same time,opinions evolve as we grow.

As near as I can tell, she is basically saying, "yes, I said those things and, yes, I meant those things, but it's okay because I am a Christian".  I suppose it is a hair better than simply condemning gay people to rot in hell as most conservative Christians take great pride in doing, but hate is hate is hate.  It comes from the same place in the soul... means the same thing to those who are hated... and leads our society to the same awful places.  As George W. Bush once said under very different circumstances, "you are either with us or against us."  Well, I would say, even WITH her apology, Sherri Sheppard is "against" homosexuality.

We will see if the public interest groups lambaste her like they did Phil Robertson. Even though both

hold pretty much the same view-that they love all people but disagree with the "act" of homosexuality.

And her comment, that she "normally doesn't respond publicly to critics?"-imagine if Robertson had made that response. Phil was ridiculed by black and gay public figures as a racists and hater of people. We will see if those same people treat her with such disgust. Group saw Phil as a white southerner and left it at that! This is a bigoted view!

This woman is irrelevant... her opinion is about as important as the privacy act statements we get every single year from every company under the sun that has our personal information.

You know how they say "love the sinner, hate the sin" in regards to gay people?  That's how I feel towards people like Sherri.  She was raised to believe certain things.  These are beliefs that she had instilled in her.  Yes, they are outdated, and they are wrong, but they are not really her fault. She was taught by people, who were themselves taught these beliefs, and they are was they are used to.

I don't think she's an evil person.  I think she is just a sadly underdeveloped one, who still has a bit to go on her journey to understanding and to truly understand God's message about love.

I will not hate Sherri.  I have no reason to hate her.  What I hate is the fact she herself sinned by placing judgment on the LGBT.  With any luck, she'll grow up.  Remember, growing past the beliefs you were raised on, are not something you can always just do over night.  They take time and personal reflection.  Maybe what she said, and the backlash she received are the motivating tools she needs to really get past these old beliefs.  I've known many people who were once homophobic and over time became strong allies of the LGBT community in later life.

Let's be better people.  Let's not condem her to hell.  Let's try and be understanding to the fact she is just still a bit behind the times, and do our best to help her evolve into someone better.
 

Loving the sinner and hating the sin doesn't really apply to Sherri Shepherd because sexuality has scientifically been proven to be unchangeable.  Stupidity can be changed.  For a woman who has all the resources in the world to educate herself to hide behind her childhood Biblical teachings is intellectual laziness at best, and an excuse for hatred at worst. 

I believe that homophobia is nothing more than a reflection of the hater's self loathing.  They need something or someone to be lower than they are in order to feel better about themselves.  In Ms. Shepherd's case, I hate the sin and pity the sinner.  May what she thinks of as her Christian beliefs bring her enlightenment.

Well said Red Robin

This isn't the first time she's made homophobic comments so her apology doesn't ring true.

and, if we are really being honest, her "apology" is barely an apology anyway.  She didn't take anything back.  She didn't acknowledge that she was wrong.  She didn't say she needs to learn.  She acknowledged she said the things she said and claims she did so because she was raised "Christian".  Well, I was raised Christian and I still consider myself a Christian today and I do NOT feel or think the same way Sherri Sheppard does.

Hating a HATER is HATING.  Judge ye not, lest ye be judged.  Live and let live.  Let's move on people.  There are bigger fish in the sea that need saving.  We need to focus on what really needs out attention and outrage, and that is the fact that our politicians are selling us out for their own benefit, and most of this other crap on the web/news is just a smoke screen to keep us from paying attention.  Share truth.  Share facts.  VOTE SMART in 2014/2016... but, most importantly, we can change things if we just VOTE!  Love ya, mean it!

She's a homophobe and like many homophobes before, she's hiding behind religion. It is 2014 Miss Thing, snap out of of!

I like Sherri! And I seen her interview and I don't think she said anything wrong! She was expressing her believe and opinion just as we are now! Just because someone doesn't agree with our lifestyle doesn't make them wrong or means there against us! We all need to get off our high horse and stop playing the victim every time someone says something we don't like! Sherri is a good person I know her personally and as a gay black and Hispanic man she has been nothing but kind and compassionate to me! So get over it and move on!

Hope she goes to hell!!

Just in Damage Control Mode ! She is a "Christian" Hater..That is all !

She is such a non-entity that I don't think it matters much, but how exactly does this clarify anything?

She originally said "You grow up being a Christian and you have grown up believing homosexuality is a sin, you’re going to hell if you’re a homosexual,” and she didn't take it back in any way.

As far as I'm concerned, she's just another bigot for Jesus.

well, I guess we are supposed to accept this as a heartfelt apology, but to me it seems self serving on her part. Anytime you start an apology with "I was taken out of context, etc" ...pretty much states she has her opinions and beliefs, she played the God card, and hid behind those platforms to "explain" away the underlying issue. Everyone is entitled to the right of expression, but members of the media know better than to splash something like this out there and not expect backlash. I expected more from her than this. 

Being gay does not require anyone's compassion.  She's saying the same thing here she said in the interview, they're just prettier words.

Well said..And you are correct.. on that. It's like someone in a wheel chair doesn't need anyone's pity.. For the love of God.

A phrase spoken of the moment carries more truth than volumes of crafted apology.

If it is a matter of context, then get and release the entire interview so we can hear the redacted parts that change how it sounded.

I never thought otherwise about her statement. Being a black gay man living with AIDS and being brought up in a black baptist church we were taught that we were most definitely going to hell. But thank GOD for a loving and supporting Callie B. Williams I never knew what a closet was nor have I even felt any type of ridicule from any family member and if I did I quickly cut them up. Respect is something you don't have to be taught it should be a GIVEN. So Sherri thanks for the apology but none needed for me. Nothing but LOVE for you.
Sincerly,
Christopher D. Thompson

We're all on a journey. We -- as LGBTers -- strive not to be judged. Let's not judge her. The important thing is that she expressed and clarified with an open heart.

Idk how to feel about it i liked sherri before all this came out but i wanna think that she is sincere but they was her words 

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