R&B songstress Fantasia Barrino (pictured) is hopping mad about the damage she feels the media is doing to her good name. Barrino is accusing the tabloids of making her out to be anti-gay marriage as a result of a comment she made via her Instagram account on Thursday, according to Billboard.
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The homophobic brouhaha first got its legs when Barrino posted the following message on Instagram:
I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERMENT, THE church House… Everybody Trying!!!!!!! It’s a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!! Im not doing Nothing for you… My Life!!!!
The singer says the media ran with the statement and painted her out to be a homophobe when she says she is not one at all. Barrino claims that she was merely venting about how unfairly she was being judged and that her words were misconstrued.
Barrino sought the help of her management team who then spun their damage control magic by releasing a statement in her defense:
Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Instagram account were recently taken far out of context, and the purpose of this release is to set the record straight, read the statement.
Ms. Barrino is not now, nor has she ever been an opponent of the LGBT community. She has supported and performed at numerous events that are sponsored by the LGBT community. Whether it’s through a live performance or placement on social media, Ms. Barrino uses every opportunity to reach out and connect with her fans, all of her fans.
Barrino then made the decision to post yet another Instagram message late Thursday about the incident: