April 11, 2016 at 10:25 am EST | by Mariah Cooper
‘American Idol’ runner-up La’Porsha Renae says anti-LGBT comments were ‘twisted up’
(Screenshot via YouTube)

(Screenshot via YouTube)

“American Idol” finalist La’Porsha Renae is backtracking on comments she made about the LGBT community and says her words were “twisted up” in a recent interview.

The Mississippi born singer, 22, was asked by a reporter during a media conference call about Mississippi’s “religious freedom” law.

“This is how I feel about the LGBT community: They are people just like us. They’re not animals as someone stated before. They’re people with feelings. Although all of us may not agree with that particular lifestyle for religious reasons, whatever the reason is, you still treat each other with respect. Everybody is a human being. We should be able to coexist with one another,” Renae responded.

“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. But I do have a lot of friends and a lot of people that I love dearly who are gay and homosexual and they’re such sweet, nice people. We should just respect each other’s differences and opinions and move on,” Renae continued.

In a Periscope stream on Sunday, Renae said her words were “twisted” and she didn’t mean any offense by her comments.

“I tried to be as open and honest and neutral as possible, but that’s the way interviews go. Sometimes when you do interviews, it gets twisted up,” Renae says. “I can understand when I read it back why people were offended, and for that I deeply apologize. I wasn’t trying to offend anyone. I was just trying to honestly answer a question that caught me off guard. It was supposed to be an interview about singing, and it became political and I’m not a political person at all.”

12 Comments
  • Man…give the woman a break. Maybe her comments weren’t spoken in the most eloquent of ways…but she is entitled to her opinion…wasn’t really that offensive. People should be directing their energy to having the bill overturned- not what some reality tv star is saying..

  • People now and days drive me crazy someone can’t say something cause is offensive girl by child grown up people not everything in this world is a attack up us the LGBT community Give her a break that wasn’t even that offensive… We should be worry about other stuff then La Porsha words no shade… Anyway La porsha work it mama you turned it yes two Snaps.

  • She still doesn’t get it. Being gay is not a “lifestyle” or a “life choice.” It’s as fundamental a characteristic as being black or Latino or white or Asian, etc. I doubt she’d respond well to someone who said, “I don’t agree with being black. It’s not the way I was raised, to accept blacks.” There’s absolutely NO difference between that and what she said. Her walking back changed NOTHING about the ignorance she spread to begin with. Her career will go down the toilet, considering the people she’ll have to work with going forward, many of whom will be gay.

    • There are MANY white gays who do not agree with blacks. It’s not the way they were raised, to accept blacks. So cut the bullshit as a gay black Man, GAY is not a race BLACK is!
      RACISM is still prevelant in this community.

    • She just said she didn’t agree with being gay. She did say that everyone should be respectful and treat gays like any other person. She also said she had many homosexual friends. There is absolutely nothing wrong with what she said. Everyone’s beliefs are different

  • Being gay is not a choice. Every creature on the planet has gays among them. None of them made a choice to be this way or to go against their nature. Being gay is their God Given Nature.

  • Well many journalists in the media knows that there has always been a rift between some white gays and the African American Community with their over generalizing and romaticism of Black homophobia and not others homophobia.
    However I find it strange that LaPorsha the Black girl was asked that question but Trent the White guy was not and they’re both from Mississippi. Very strange to me.

  • “Loving all people” doesn’t mean agreeing with everything they do. I
    love my family, but I definitely do not agree with all the choices they
    make.

    If you are offended by people that don’t agree with the LGBT choice, then be offended. It won’t kill you.

  • Who cares what she thinks? She just killed whatever chance she had at a career doing what most girls like her end up doing anyway: gay dance music. Awfully young though to be relegated to the washed-up gospel bin.

    And for the record, the gays do respect other’s beliefs. The issue is that comments like La’Porsha’s perpetuate the “lifestyle choice” falsehood. That’s the issue.

  • I’m actually proud of her for voicing her opinion. Most people just avoid the topic because they don’t want to face any hate. There is absolutely nothing wrong with what she said. Your beliefs may be different from hers and thats fine. But no need to hate on the child. She even said to treat gays like u would anyone else. So it’s not like she’s homophobic or anything

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