Fantasia's False Equivalency

Her anti-gay Instagram rant made one thing clear: Celebrities should avoid social media sermons.

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Thus, Barrino might have been trying to suss out why this mob of invisible "haters" are judging her for perhaps having children out of wedlock, dating a married man, etc. The only problem with her logic is that there are plenty of pot-smoking gay people who might not have made the same choices Barrino has made on their own moral grounds. Drawing a straight line from sexuality and recreational-drug use to extramarital affairs is a bit of a stretch for some people. But tomato, to-MAH-to.

Regardless of whether Barrino's life is as highly scrutinized as she claims or whether having a gay manager makes one's daft statements about gays any less potentially offensive, Instagram is hardly a pulpit. The sermons that come down from that mount are probably better left unsaid or, at the very least, spell-checked.

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter. 

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