Pharrell And Ellen Share A Message Of Compassion In Light Of Recent Controversy

"There's no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017."

Pharrell was scheduled to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday to sing "I See a Victory" — off the soundtrack for the new film Hidden Figures — with gospel singer Kim Burrell. Plans changed, however, after video surfaced of Burrell calling gay people "perverted" in a sermon.

Many called for Ellen DeGeneres to cancel Burrell's appearance on her show, which is exactly what the host did earlier this week. She announced the decision on Twitter.


Pharrell, meanwhile, spoke out against Burrell's homophobic comments on social media. "I condemn hate speech of any kind," he wrote on Instagram. He performed without Burrell on DeGeneres' show Thursday, and instead sang "Runnin'," another song from the soundtrack.

After his performance, Pharrell sat down with DeGeneres to talk about the movie and address the recent controversy. "I didn't feel like that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she's saying things about me," DeGeneres explained of her decision to cancel Burrell's appearance.

"There's no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 or moving on," Pharrell said. "She's a fantastic singer, and I love her, just like I love everybody else. And we all gotta get used to that. We all have to get used to everyone's differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy."

DeGeneres agreed, drawing on her motto "Be kind to one another" and saying that the hate and discrimination she has experienced for being gay "only gives me more compassion ... I don't ever want anyone to feel hurt because they're different."

Watch their full conversation in the video below:


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