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The View's Sherri Shepherd Wants "Respect" For Her Homophobic Upbringing & She'll "Respect How You Feel"!

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Face? Meet palm. Palm? Meet face.

In a recent interview, The View's Sherri Shepherd wanted to open up about some apparent misconceptions about her beliefs about gays, but we're not sure how well she did to that end.

In the interview, she asserts that her Christian upbringing is the root of her opinions concerning the homosexual community, but that they don't necessarily make her a "judgmental" person. She explains:

"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.' Okay. 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."

Wow, way to go Sherri! That hole you were digging? So much deeper now!

We understand that Sherri's religious beliefs were taught to her at an early age, but that doesn't mean they're above rebuke!

Likewise, we know the context of her opinion, but that really doesn't justify it.

When Sherri says that she doesn't approve of a gay lifestyle, but that gays might not approve of hers, she's making the error of thinking a gay lifestyle needs approval.

Why can't any sexual preference be above judgement?

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54 comments to “The View's Sherri Shepherd Wants "Respect" For Her Homophobic Upbringing & She'll "Respect How You Feel"!”

  1. 1

    I was raised that way too, but there comes a time when we have to think for ourselves. It is really hard sometimes when you realize that some of the things that you grew up with as norms are outdated, based on prejudice and ignorance, and harmful to society. Children who grew up with abuse often become abusers, but we still hold them accountable for their actions. Just because you were raised homophobic does not mean that you have to keep that in your heart.

  2. enough_silencing says – reply to this


    Nothing wrong with what she said. Agree or disagree but its her belief and she's not spouting nasty slurs in the process. She is respectful and entitled to her opinion. STOP TRYING TO FORCE EVERYONE TO THINK LIKE YOU PH! We are all different and there are just as many opinions out there. No one should be afraid to have a thought or belief that might not follow the desired ideal of the masses.

  3. 3

    SO WHAT?! All she did was say she disagrees with it personally, but she loves you anyway. Anyone who even slightly disagrees with homosexuality, Perez makes them out like they're a monster. ALL she said was her opinion, announced she respects other's opinions, and just asked that she be respected as well. TOLERANCE GOES BOTH WAYS, MARIO. I believe that same sex marriage should be legal, but not everyone believes that. I understand that, and respect it. I'm about to stop coming to this damn site, too much politics, and on that matter, me and Mario rarely see eye to eye.
    Mario- You need to learn that not everybody is going to agree with you or support you. The faster you learn that and accept it the better for everyone. She didn't say anything offensive here. Stop reaching. You're becoming a hindrance for gays, getting up in arms over every little comment.

  4. 4

    WHY does she have to "justify" her OPINION to you or anyone else !!! ???? An opinon is a person's PERSONAL BELIEF! You do not have to agree with anyone's personal belief but you HAVE to allow them to have their own opinions. You are a very close-minded person who thinks everyone has to agree with you and your gay lifestyle. Frankly I could care less if you or anyone else is gay but STOP whining about it like everyone has to think it is the most important thing on the planet! So you and other people are gay - BFD! You CANNOT tell someone how to think.

  5. sayswho says – reply to this


    It was only a few years ago she was shocked (SHOCKED!) to learn the earth wasn't flat!!!! Yes, I saw her say it on the show! This woman is dumb as a stump and her opinions should be ridiculed when she is idiotic which is regularly.

  6. 6

    these days you have to like the homo's or you can't be employed. queers are still hated, you just can't say it out loud.

  7. DALEK says – reply to this


    you make me not like gay men

  8. 8

    People need to start to realize that being is not a lifestyle. Being a drug addict is a lifestyle, being a snob is a lifestyle, being straight is not lifestyle. By her using the word 'lifestyle' she is saying being gay is a choice and that there is another option and that there are other lifestyles to choose. Being gay is no more a lifestyle than being Black, Canadian/American etc, having a handicap are. That is the problem with her opinions and views, and she still doesn't quite understand what being gay is. She is just trying to lessen her beliefs by kinda supporting us homosexuals. As a minority herself, and a minority that has been marginalized and beaten for the way she was born she should understand and accept another minority that has been marginalized and beaten for the way we were born.

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  10. 10

    I have ZERO respect for ignorance.

  11. Kate says – reply to this


    Oh Sherri,

    It's people like you who make me glad that I live in Canada. Here's some logic for you: Why would anyone choose to be gay when they know they would be faced with the wrath of so many bigots? Wouldn't Jesus' love call for all Christians to be understanding and merciful and to reserve judgement? These messages are far stronger and clearer in the bible than any minor references to homosexuality. Should loving, acceptance, understanding and compassion be more of a focus for you?

  12. Kate says – reply to this


    Re: sayswho – That seems about right.

  13. anaa says – reply to this


    She was being really nice about it. Everyone has different opinions and as long we respect and accept everyone then it doesnt matter if we agree with it or not.

  14. Norman Walker says – reply to this


    Re: Jessicalc – Sherri Shepherd wants to be respected, however I will never have respect for bigotry. Her opinions are personally disrespectful to me as a human being, and extremely demeaning toward my relationship. In this case, it stops being just her personal opinion, and becomes a form of persecution that actually hurts people. It is not a sin to love somebody. It is irresponsible and un-Christian for a celebrity like Sherri Shepherd to spread prejudice against a group of people she knows absolutely nothing about.

  15. Kate says – reply to this


    Re: anaa – Yes but why does she even need to have an opinion about it? For centuries many races/ethnicities were held down and denied basic rights and respect and this to was linked to biblical texts. I for one am grateful that equality is no longer a question of opinion for all colours and ethnicities in North America and I feel that it should be this way to for those who love someone of their same gender. It shouldn't matter to Sherri or anyone else, really. It should just be. No harm, no foul.

  16. 16

    What if I was raised in a racist house? Would it be ok to stay a racist because my European parents were raised that way and told me to be? Ah NO. You know better you do better you stupid bitch!

  17. 17

    This gUUrl is stooopid to begin with, why are people surprised?

  18. @v@ says – reply to this


    People come around to things in their own time and way, including Sherri Shepard.

  19. 19

    First of all you're constantly begging for approval (not all of the gay community, but a percentage of them. And when I said you're, I specifically mean Perez), so obviously YOU do seem to need it. Second, what she is saying is that she is entitled to her own beliefs, just as you are, and if those are not the same, then that's cool, let's move on. If you want her to respect your (not agree, respect), then you need to respect her choices as well, which is 100% correct. And what do you immediately do Perez? You act as disrespectful to her beliefs as you can. Perez Hilton, giving gays a bad name since 19whenerthefuckyouwereborn.

  20. Lady_Says says – reply to this


    Your pushing things too far the other way. I'm not gay but a HUGE gay rights supporter. I made the mistake of using the word 'lifestyle' in a post yesterday, and it can be so easily misinterpreted and abused. She mentions 'approval' of both the lifestyle of others and herself, looks at both with equality, which is what this is all about, us all being treated the same, not extra sensitivity to one side or the other. What she's saying is what a lot of people feel, they were raised to believe a certain thing, but are now finding out that's not the right way. People are coming around and we've moved forward so much in just these few past years. It would be great to have a day when no one bats an eye lid over sexuality, and although I wish everyone was already supportive and there was no hate, we have to give people time, as we have with all issues of equality in the past.

  21. 21

    Re: Yeah Whatever Asshole – AMEN! There are gay people who act classy and age appropriate and are wonderful, and then there are gays who think it's ok to act like ridiculous childlike imbeciles with serious mental problems while running out in public almost nude (see Perez Hilton)…But then they DEMAND that you respect them. How about learning to respect yourselves and other people around you first.

  22. tacogirl says – reply to this


    WHY should she explain her opinion to anyone…That is Her opinion…PEREZ you
    Want Everyone TO think like you..YOU ARE SUCH A FUCKING IDIOT…RELLY,

  23. trust me.. says – reply to this


    as an ex boyfriend of Perez I was myself homosexual before, but recently I found the right path and I avoid watching with fear any Zac Efron calendar. Muhahaha

  24. 24

    Re: Norman Walker – You allow her belief to hurt you. Why do you care if she thinks it's a sin? I'm so sick of gay people thinking everyone has to believe being gay is not a sin or they are homophobic or bad. People will not admit their feeling anymore, not out of change of heart, but fear, which is B.S. As long as she isn't encouraging violence what is the problem? Perez says she's digging a hole - how so? He said the Duck Dynasty guys could have just given their opinions and not have been so nasty, and it would of been fine. BULL SH IT. She did, and he paints her as a bad guy. If someone thinks a man stuffing their peni s in another mans butt is a sin, so be it. It's their opinion. Stop whining bc someone doesn't agree w the fact that you sleep w the same sex.

  25. char says – reply to this


  26. 26

    Re: NOLAgurl2010 – So this is not true of straight people? There are idiots in all walks of life get a clue you too are being biased.

  27. Lin Yang says – reply to this


    Wow Perez, you're such a bad representation of the LGBT community. Being accepting of the LGBT community doesn't mean you have to love and accept everything they do.
    The point of equality is that the LGBT community should receive RESPECT. That's it. If you don't agree with the life-style, it's fine as long as you show respect.

    For example, I may not like spiders, but am I going to kill every spider that I see? No. I'm going to respect it and ignore it by letting it do its own thing. I'll walk away and continue with my life.
    That's what the LGBT community wants from people. Not for everyone to love the LGBT community, because that's a naive reality.

    As long as you show respect for the LGBT community, don't do anything to harm the LGBT community and go on with your life, then that's completely fine.
    The LGBT community doesn't expect you to be friends with them or love them or praise them. They just want people to respect their rights.

    Ugh, Perez you're what's wrong with the LGBT community.

  28. 28

    Re: Zephyrinthesky – I am referring to Perez Hilton. Always bitching about being respected ect but he acts like a damn fool. Yes there are disgusting people all over, not just gay, but I was talking about THIS MAN. He is always being hateful, hypocritical, ect. To me, why does it need to be some big announcement that so and so is gay. Why does sexual preference matter that much to this idiot. What does who you have sex with or date have to do with anything? Why is it that big of a fucking deal? Straight people don't run around shouting i'm straight! I'm like sex with the opposite sex! Like big fucking deal.

  29. 29

    then WHY are homosexuals pushing so hard FOR approval?? what is this whole marriage issue about then if not APPROVAL?? shut the fuck up. respect DOES go both ways you know even if you don't want it to. you respect me and my beliefs even though they are different from yours and i will respect yours even if i disagree. it's a two way street. accept it.

  30. Jene says – reply to this


    Does she also respect people's racist upbringing? Because the word gay can easily be replaced by black.

  31. reallyperez? says – reply to this


    I really don't find anything wrong with what she said. I grew up in the church as well with the same teachings, but in my heart, I don't hate on homosexuals and their lifestyles, to me you're free to love who you want too, except grown adults on children, that to me is a no-no. Gays expect to be treated equally, I get it, but for those with a church up bringing to me Perez, you constantly mock OUR lifestyle, like when you meet us we're going to throw Bibles at your face, that we all look like Jesus, and that we're going to condemn you to hell. The minute God-believing people run up and call gays anything derogatory, discriminatory, it seems like they have GLAAD on speed dial, but when HOMOSEXUALS MOCK Jesus and His followers, it's not like we're running for publicity demanding statements or apologies. To get respect, you give it and earn it! Simple as that!

  32. likatmur88 says – reply to this


    She may be losing weight but she can't lose stupid. She is dumb as dirt and over dramatic and loud.

  33. LFurbish says – reply to this


    I personally think her argument is valid. I am homosexual and, while I don't people to think I'm going to hell or sinning, if that is their belief, I have no right to tell them they can't feel that way. As long as it's not affecting my life, do and think what you want!

  34. Kate says – reply to this



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    She has a right to her opinion, but she needs to stop beating around the bush. She should stop saying that she wouldn't "argue" with a gay person saying that they were born that way if she believes it is a sin and your going to hell for it. You obviously believe that the person wasn't born gay if you think it's a sin. You can't have it both ways. You are either one of these fundies who believe its a sin and your going to hell and that you can change or your accepting of it. You can certainly still be respectful of gays and have the opinion Sherri has, but it seems she was to believe its a sin but also at the same time have the perception she's ok with it. That doesn't work Sherri.

  36. Norman Walker says – reply to this


    Re: char – If Sherri Shepherd believes that loving somebody is a sin, then she is most definitely homophobic, and needs to be exposed as the bigot that she is. She has a right to believe whatever garbage she wants to, but when she makes public statements about an issue she knows nothing about, it has an effect on people who may not be aware that there are alternative viewpoints that support them as gay people. Many younger gay people commit suicide because they are persecuted by others who, like Sherri Shepherd, may be well-meaning, but don't comprehend the effect of their own homophobia.

  37. VoxVulgus says – reply to this


    Hmmm. I was raised Christian in the southern US. So Sherri do you "respect" my upbringing, that would claim you're a fat ugly lazy dirty welfare queen who should move back to Africa or shut up? I don't respect that kind of bigoted crap, which is why I'm no longer in the south or christian. Why should anyone accept a variation of that crap from you?

  38. sara says – reply to this


    Re: Norman Walker – Why is it that you need her approval? or anyone elses approval?? EVERYONE IS ALLOWED TO HAVE THEIR OWN OPINION. As long as they are not saying hateful cruel things then it should not matter to you. She is allowed to disagree, just like you are allowed to disagree with what she said. Think about it, people disagree with other people and other things alllll the time. Some people disagree with someone not eating breakfast..what if we started saying that you cannot disagree with that? And no one can disagree with anything anymore? Some men have the opinion that overweight women are not attractive, its not a very nice thing to say but it is THEIR OPINION and they are allowed to have it.

  39. MAMANELLE5 says – reply to this


    I really don't care what her views are toward homosexuality, but I wish she would let someone else talk on the "View" She never shuts up……………….even tries to talk over Barbara.

  40. Toto says – reply to this


    Isn't this the dumb bitch who thought the world is flat ? She's obviously not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

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    I am sick of everyone who makes a comment about their opinions re homosexuality feeling the need to apologize! Their rights to free speech is taken away to voice their opinion about something they believe is wrong. Sherri's choice, my choice to uphold the principles of the bible is as much our right as anyone who feels the need to justify their sexuality. Remember: If you’re guided by the Bible’s moral code, then that is your lifestyle choice, and you have a right to it. Don’t feel ashamed of your view. The Bible says: ‘Honor men of all sorts’ or, as Today’s English Version renders it, ‘Respect everyone.’ The term homophobic is so overused it makes me nauseous every time I hear it. Since it is listed in the Bible as one of the things God detests and I abide by that, I have every right to feel the way I do. people will always try to justify what they do, pretty soon pedophiles will be fighting for their rights, adulterers and so on. We need to respect each other but that shouldn't take away our right to say what we believe, plain and simple.

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    Re: sara – Comment should be removed. that is cruel, rude and totally uncalled for. And if you are interjecting your view on the right to be a homosexual, you certainly are hateful in your racist rant!

  43. 43

    I just want to mention that Sherri mentioned something no one paid attention to: She was not raised in a church, she said that is what churches teach. The religion she grew up in does not preach brimstones and hellfire or condemn homosexuals to hell. Greek Bible translation for hell is mankind common grave. Sherri has been away from her religion for so long that she has misspoken many times so should never make any comments in reference to her beliefs through it.

  44. John says – reply to this


    You know, as much as I liked Sherri in her role as "Judy" in 'Everybody Loves Raymond" (although I don't care for her on "The View"), she SHOULD NOT have to apologize for her remarks! It was probably the execs at ABC, a pro-gay network, who told her to apologize or get canned. What has this world come to? After King Obama announced his support of homosexuality, states around the nation suddenly worked around the clock to pass amendments to have homosexuals legally marry and those who "come out" are now congratulated by others as if it were a major accomplishment in life. But no one should dare say anything bad about the homosexuals because they will spew the most vile hatred toward those who say different, even if it means crying to King Obama and his government by having high profile stars like Paula Deen and Phil Robertson kicked off the airwaves. Well guess what? All of this supposed "nonsense" that the homosexuals started complaining about (and those supporting homosexuals and the right to gay marriage) has just made them that much more popular! I don't care, I'll say it, MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN!! I could plaster this message all over this site if I wanted to just to get the point across! These people need to learn that their are opinions in this world, SO THEY SHOULD ALL JUST PUT UP OR SHUT UP!!

  45. JontyWitdien says – reply to this


    Yes, Sheri is entitled to her opinion. And others are entitled to theirs. If Sherri bothers to say she disapproves of gay people, I feel inclined to take a minute to say I disapprove of and disagree with her. In fact, I feel that it would be immoral not to call her out. I don't hate her. But I certainly don't love her - as she claims to feel about gay people, despite her disagreement with their "lifestyle" (earth to sherri: being gay is not a "lifestyle" any more than having red hair is a "lifestyle") People want to say it's intolerant to call out bigotry? Fine, but that would be just as wrong as Sherri is. (And bothering to say you "disagree" with someone being gay is bigoted. Yes, it's her opinion. Yes, she claims to be "loving". So what? Many felt it was immoral for races to intermarry. I'm sure some of them could have delivered that opinion with a smile and claim they loved everyone, too. But wait, it was just their opinion. Again, so what? Sometimes opinions stink.

  46. Sonia says – reply to this


    Re: shaygirl1309 – Sherri is an idiot! I guess one can't get mad at her for being stupid. She has said some really stupid things on the view so it's no secret that she isn't very bright!

  47. jeanette says – reply to this


    I don't see anything wrong with what she said, those are her beliefs.

  48. sfsd says – reply to this


    Sorry Perez she sounded very rational NOTHING wrong with what she's saying
    HOMOPHOBIA is the mistreatment of gay people IT IS NOT expressing your religious belief …Why don't you BAN the bible the Tora and the Qu'ran

  49. boomchickiwahwah says – reply to this


    I'm sorry, but as an out and proud gay man I see absolutely nothing wrong with what she said. All she's saying is that she respects other people's lifestyle and asks that hers be respected as well.

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    well if u grew up being taught that, then u still need to grow up.

  51. Bobby Nickles says – reply to this


    Yeah…Perez…ya know….pedophiles and beastiality lovers are gonna get judged….also…it's her faith…she can believe what she will…people can't bully other people to accept their lifestyle…live and let live goes both ways….smh

  52. Kathleen Rose says – reply to this


    I like Sherri, but she beats on being a Christian. She is entitled to her beliefs, at least she is not being hypocritical about it. This professed Christian is the only one on the View who spits out the word 'frigging" without provocation. Doesn't she know that this is a milder form of the fbomb. Christian lady uses profanity. Nice example for Jeffrey. Use your dictionary Sherri if your vocabulary is limited. As Christians we should not pass judgement on God's children.

  53. Garth says – reply to this


    Sherri your the only reason I stopped watching the view. Your ignorance and is more than most can stomach. We are all God”s children. You are not special and have no monopoly on heaven. Hasselbeck said you were her " sister in Christ " and that's why she would miss you so. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ and one day we will all know this. The bible was written by men Sherri and is full of contradictory and untrue doctrine. Deal with it. Our sexuality is none of your business and not for you to comment on. I know your concerned about your pastors right to discriminate against us and the ramifications of that. It's very telling of your " love" for homosexuals. I wouldn't worry as most gays are looking to be married by secure, loving, and frankly more Christ like people than said Pastor. I think I speak for most gays when I say a dialogue with you is not on our priority list. In short " go to hell Sherri Shepard " that's all we have to say to you.

  54. reply22 says – reply to this


    Re: enough_silencing – I agree. She is allowed to have her own opinions, and she is not being disrespectful. I think a big part of it is as you stated enough_silencing "No one should be afraid to have a thought or belief that might not follow the desired ideal of the masses." Her opinion is not popular. Whether you agree or disagree, it takes a lot of courage to speak your mind when it's considered unpopular.