Well, she didn’t win on American Idol, and now she’s causing some controversy!
After La’Porsha Renae finished second behind Trent Harmon on the Idol finale this week, despite long being the frontrunner to win the show right up until the very end, she got on a conference call Friday afternoon with reporters… and let loose!!
A reporter asked the singer if she were planning to leave her native Mississippi, now that she’s also luckily signed to a record deal despite finishing second, and Renae indicated that, yes, she would be leaving for Los Angeles or another larger city.
However, when another reporter asked if the singer had been following her home stat’s anti-LGBT controversy — and Renae said that she had not — is when the interesting stuff started.
The singer started discussing gay rights and same-sex marriage, admitting that it’s not exactly something she’s familiar with, despite showing tolerance.
She started off by saying:
“This is how I feel about the LGBT community: They are people just like us. They’re not animals as someone stated before. They’re people with feelings. Although all of us may not agree with that particular lifestyle for religious reasons, whatever the reason is, you still treat each other with respect. Everybody is a human being. We should be able to coexist with one another.”
She doubled down too, revealing she didn’t really agree with the lifestyle:
“I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle. I wasn’t brought up that way. It wasn’t how I was raised. But I do have a lot of friends and a lot of people that I love dearly who are gay and homosexual and they’re such sweet, nice people. We should just respect each other’s differences and opinions and move on.”
That comment caused quite a bit of controversy on Twitter on Friday night and Saturday morning — fans and Idol lovers alike were up in arms about it being bigoted or at the very least, short-sighted.
What do U think?? Did La’Porsha Renae go too far with her comments??
Any time anybody starts a statement with “This is how I feel about the LGBT community…” that’s probably not a good idea, right?!
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