Fantasia Barrino may or may not believe in gay marriage but she certainly learned the hard way that voicing your possible opposition on the matter would land you in hot water. Fantasia highlighted issues like the legality of gay marriage and weed in some states across America in an effort to question an assumed unwarranted backlash she’s received for her relationship with Antwaun Cook.
Fantasia wrote on her Instagram,
“I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERMENT, THE church House… Everybody Trying!!!!!!!,” she wrote. “It’s 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!!! Im not doing Nothing for you… My Life!!!!”
It didn’t take long before her comments drew some harsh criticism, namely against the topic of gay marriage.
According to THR, Fantasia and her manager both responded in an effort to quiet the backlash,
“Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram account were recently taken far out of context, and the purpose of this release is to set the record straight,” read the statement. “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.”
The Grammy winner later took to Instagram with a pink photo lined with Hello Kitty images and a rebuke of Internet bloggers in her own words.
“It has been brought to my attention that something I said was taken out of context,” she said. “I, Fantasia Monique Barrino, don’t judge anyone because I don’t want to be judged. The gay community is one of my largest supporters. I support the gay community as they support me. Bloggers please stop misrepresenting the facts.”
What do you make of Fantasia’s comments and backlash?