American Idol contestant Fantasia Barrino had her few remaining fans scratching their heads recently with a bizarre Instagram message. The Season Three singer cited the legalization of marijuana and marriage equality as proof that “the world is [sic] gone mad.”
“Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT, The church house… Everybody trying!!! Its a lot thats 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!!!”
Jeremy Hopper at Good as You jumped on the item, prompting Barrino’s publicist to cry that that item had been taken “out of context”:
Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram account were recently taken far out of context, and the purpose of this release is to set the record straight. 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.
It’s understandable Barrino’s texts might be misunderstood: In her (dictated) 2005 memoir, Life is Not a Fairy Tale, the singer revealed she was functionally illiterate
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