First there was Angie & Debbie of the Winans family and then there was Mary Mary, now we have urban(damn near R&B) gospel singer Tye Tribbett spouting off homophobic remarks in his music urging gays and lesbians to come out. News flash to Tye, most of us are already out! I'm joking, but I'm sure you all know that his idea of coming out is very different from what we perceive as coming out.
On a recent performance on the BET Gospel Celebration, Tye refrences a scripture from I Corinthians 10:13 that reads, "no temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with temptation will also make the way of ESCAPE, that you may be able to bear it.
In a performance reminiscent of the Britney Spears video "Hit Me Baby One More Time" , Tye and his choir sing and execute choreography that could have easily been created by one of the gayest hip-hop choreographers in L.A. . All of the spectacle is used to grab the audience's attention for the special moment when the "real" message of "deliverance" is ministered.
"Come out of poverty, come out of lesbianism, come out of homosexuality, you can get out there's a better way".
This common act of homophobia disguised as christianity from clergy is dangerous and I believe we as SGL people should continue to question their ignorant and ungodly statements and call them on it consistently. However, when a male gospel singer decides to follow in the footsteps of other holy homophobes I find it laughable.
It goes without saying that the gospel music industry is dominated by gay men. I'm even certain without knowing the men personally in Tye's choir that there's at least one SGL man in his group, not to ignore Tye Tribbett himself. It never fails that the person who feels the need to publicly condemn gays and lesbians are dealing with issues surrounding their own sexuality. Do I even need to revist the Ted Haggard story? I didn't think so.
I said a long time ago the more visible we become as a community and the more rights we receive( automatic rights that are due to every tax paying citizen) the more we will open ourselves up to be attacked spiritually and in some cases physically.
I'm just thankful that Tye Tribbett and those who think like him are not God, although they claim to have a direct line to the father. I wonder what Donald Lawrence & Kurt Carr would say about their colleagues' outburst?
Surely they have a soft spot for the gays.
I've posted the video for you guys to watch below.