Technical Difficulties & Cancellations 


No matter how you spent your New Years’ Eve, we’re guessing you had a better time than Mariah Carey did.  The pop diva was supposed to perform for thousands gathered in Times Square and millions more watching at home, but a technical glitch left her unable to hear herself properly and the resulting trainwreck became one of the most cringeworthy videos of 2016.

Since then, accusations have flown back and forth about who was at fault.  Mariah’s team blamed the show’s producers, claiming they knew the singer’s earpiece didn’t work ahead of time and went on with the performance anyway.  The show’s producers denied they set Mariah up to fail, and several sources — including one of the show’s co-hosts, Jenny McCarthy — claimed Mariah didn’t participate in the sound check before the performance and used a stand-in instead.

But as flawed as it was, at least Mariah got to perform on TV.  That’s more than we can say for the subject of our second story.

Gospel singer Kim Burrell found herself with a revoked invitation to The Ellen DeGeneres (De-Gen-er-es) Show after a video surfaced of her giving an anti-gay sermon. In the video Kim said, “the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.”

The video caused a huge backlash against the gospel singer on social media. When people found out that she was scheduled to perform with Pharrell Williams on Ellen’s show, they tweeted the show host and gay icon, asking her to cancel Kim’s appearance. On Tuesday Ellen posted the following tweet:

Pharrell also let his stance on the issue be known: 

The backlash did not end there. It has been reported that Kim’s show “Bridging the Gap”, which aired on Texas Southern University’s KTSU, has been cancelled. 

Questions of the Week: We know both Kieron and Toby have done their share of live performances, so we’re curious: have you ever had a “Mariah” moment, where you had to soldier on through the worst technical difficulties?  How did you handle it?

2. While addressing Kim Burrell’s cancelled appearance during Thursday’s show, Ellen told Pharrell that she did not want to give her a platform “after she was saying things about me.” Do you think Ellen did the right thing by canceling Kim’s appearance on her show?

More details about the Kim Burrell story are posted below. You can also watch a short video clip of her sermon and a clip from the Ellen DeGeneres show. 

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Gospel singer Kim Burrell found herself in a lot of hot water this week. Her upcoming scheduled appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ show was cancelled after a video circulated online that showed her bashing homosexuality.


In the video posted below Kim said, “the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women.” 

She was scheduled to sing “I See Victory” with Pharrell Williams. The song appears on the soundtrack of the upcoming feature film Hidden Figures

“Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.”

-Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

After the video went viral and seeing her name as a trending topic on Twitter, Kim posted a video on Facebook Live. In her now deleted video she said, “I love you and God loves you, but God hates the sin.”

Pharrell posted the following on his Instagram account after Kim’s video surfaced.

@Pharrell -Instagram

On Thursday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen and Pharrell discuss what happened with Kim Burrell. You can watch the video here: 

It seems as if this backlash is not going away anytime soon. The Huffington Post has reported that Kim’s radio show, Bridging the Gap, which aired on Texas Southern University’s KTSU has been cancelled. 

It has also been reported that Frank Ocean’s mother wants him to remove Kim’s vocals from his song Godspeed

Kat’s Take: I wholeheartedly agree with Ellen about canceling Kim’s appearance. I read a few comments from people saying that this would have been a good opportunity for some sort of communication & understanding. While I get what they are saying, I think it would have been hypocritical of Kim to go on a show that is hosted by someone she feels so negatively about, someone she feels is a pervert. I feel that Ellen did the right thing by canceling the appearance.


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