Fantasia’s False Equivalency

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

Singer Fantasia Barrino (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Entertainment)
Singer Fantasia Barrino (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Entertainment)

(The Root) — Logic and rhetoric aren’t for everyone, especially celebrities. R&B singer and former reality-TV star Fantasia Barrino proved as much earlier this week when she first made an anti-gay statement via Instagram and then tried to recant that same statement, claiming it was taken out of context.

On Sunday, Dec. 30, the “Baby Mama” crooner — who has gotten flak in recent years for dating a married man — posted a picture on the popular photo-sharing site with the following caption: “I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERMENT, THE church House … Everybody Trying!!!!!!! Its 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!!!!”

Unsurprisingly, the post has since been deleted, but also unsurprisingly, that didn’t stop “TasiasWord” from going viral. What’s been described as the singer’s “anti-gay rant” has been dissected across the Internet several times over by entertainment outlets ranging from E! to headier online pit stops such as the International Business Times.

Angry fans took umbrage with the singer’s decrying the acceptance of sins-according-to-the-Bible, like gay marriage and smoking marijuana, in the face of continued scrutiny about her own actions. Almost immediately, Fantasia’s publicity team attempted to quell the flames with a statement that smelled a lot like gasoline.

“Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram [sic] account were recently taken far out of context, and the purpose of this release is to set the record straight,” her publicist said in 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.”

Unfortunately, Barrino’s backtrack wasn’t enough, because the “controversy” surrounding her statements has yet to die down, despite juicier celebrity news on the pop-culture menu — namely the announcement of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s imminent baby “Kimye.”