American Idol Star La"Porsha Renae Sends Out An Statement On The LGBT Community
| American Idol Star La"Porsha Renae Sends Out |
An Statement On The LGBT Community
The 22-year-old singer, who lost to Trent Harmon on the final season of “Idol,” was asked for her thoughts on Mississippi’s controversial House Bill 1523, which allows people with faith-based objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples, in an April 8 conference call with reporters.
The “Religious Liberty” bill, which Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law on April 5, also permits employers to cite their religious convictions when determining workplace policies on dress code and restroom access.
|La'Porsha Renae Performing|
Everybody is a human being. We should be able to coexist with one another.”
But Renae, who has landed a recording deal with Big Machine Records, didn’t stop there.
“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,” Renae said. The singer went on to disclose that she has “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.”
She then added, “We should just respect each other’s differences and opinions and move on.”
La'Porsha Later Came OutWith A Comment About The Interview :
The bill is a first-of-its-kind measure that will allow businesses, individuals, and religiously affiliated organizations to deny service to LGBT people, single mothers and folks who manage to offend an someone's "sincerely held religious belief."
Renae responded with "they are people just like us...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. 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."
|La'Porsha Renae Performing On American Idol|
Her initial comments sparked a firestorm on social media, prompting a swift response from the 22-year old singer, who said she "didn't mean to hurt anyone."
"I tried to be as open and honest and neutral as possible, but that’s the way interviews go. Sometimes when you do interviews, it gets twisted up,” she said.
“I can understand when I read it back why people were offended, and for that I deeply apologize. I wasn’t trying to offend anyone.
I was just trying to honestly answer a question that caught me off guard. It was supposed to be an interview about singing, and it became political and I’m not a political person at all.”
Renae also showed support for fellow Mississippi native and Idol winner Trent Harmon. Both singers are now signed to Big Machine Records.
|REPLAY| THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT! ! #katch #Periscope https://t.co/tKIUs2HSLB pic.twitter.com/tuj4tXWdZk— La'Porsha~Renae (@laporsharenae) April 10, 2016