The comments in question came during an interview in which Renae weighed in on the LGBT community, saying:
“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.” The “American Idol” runner-up and fan favorite later stated that she has lots of “gay and homosexual” friends who are nice people.
Taking note of LGBT and other fans that were disappointed with what she said, Renae attempted to make amends while chatting with TV Line about the backlash.
“I deeply apologize,” Renae said regarding her comments as she agreed that she’d been “offensive by using the word ‘lifestyle.’” In addition, Renae confessed that while she doesn’t know a whole lot about Mississippi’s anti-gay bill, she is “firmly” against any law that promotes discrimination.
Renae’s apology comes after the tweet she posted immediately following the backlash. The big difference is Renae’s tweet, seen below, comes off as defensive about her views, as opposed to her apology, which appears to go further.
“We don’t have to agree with each other’s life choices to love/respect one another. Live and let live. #RENAETION#RespectThatWeAreDifferent,” Renae tweeted.
Renae’s comments and her resulting apology arrive as anti-gay legislation is being passed in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi. The bills are noted for using the language of “religious freedom” to discriminate against LGBT people for various things, including housing, health care and adoption.
As TV Guide points out, La’Porsha Renae’s correction is just the latest in a growing pile of anti-LGBT legislation-related stories that include statements from Ellen DeGeneres, production boycotts from Hollywood studios and acanceled concert from Bruce Springsteen.
So what say you? Do you think Renae was sincere in winning back disappointed fans with her apology or does she still have work to do to prove herself worthy of their forgiveness?
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