Sherri Shepherd Apologizes For “Misrepresented” Gay Remarks

The View's Sherri Shepherd is setting the record straight about recent remarks she made, which many perceived as homophobic. Last week, Shepherd appeared on Fusion’s Alicia Menendez Tonight, where the host asked about her views on homosexuality. Watch Shepherd's reply to Menendez's question about the big "misconception" she says people had about her below.

Tuesday on The View, Shepherd clarified her comments and stated:

Working on a talk show that's centered in the opinion business, there's been several things that I've shared in the press that have upset people, and typically I don't respond to the criticism. However, I'd like to say I'm truly sorry to anyone I've offended with the viewpoints I express on Alicia Menendez's Tonight on the Fusion network. My interview was misrepresented, and only a portion of my comments were used as a headline to give the impression that I was condemning members of the LGBT community living in their own truth. In the interview, I express I was raised as a child to have a certain set of beliefs, but my beliefs have evolved significantly as my own personal relationship with Christ has increased. I believe that love is the grace of all things and I have no desire to judge anybody by who they are. I'm a person of compassion and anyone who knows me knows that I love, I accept, I embrace everybody who has love in their hearts. So I love you.

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  1. Profile photo of SoapArmageddon

    [quote=FoxyMegan]She’s a liberal Democrat, so she’ll get a pass on this. …[/quote]

    You must exist in a different realm of the internet than the rest of us. Either that, or the fumes from all the tea you drink must make reading difficult. The reason she’s apologizing is precisely because she’s been torn to shreds on numerous sites. And deservedly so.

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    i sincerely doubt she’s a liberal democrat.. she still thinks the world is flat. i would bust her for that more than her silly ‘homophobic’ upbringing.

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    [quote=FoxyMegan]She’s a liberal Democrat, so she’ll get a pass on this. …[/quote]

    [quote=SoapArmageddon] .. the fumes from all the tea you drink must make reading difficult.[/quote]

    I don’t drink tea, but thanks anyway for the personal insult.

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    TV Gord

    [quote=sillytee]she still thinks the world is flat.[/quote]

    No, she doesn’t, she has said from the start that she had a moment of confusion in her new job on The View. It’s those of you who can’t seem to get that who are coming off as a little slow on the uptake.

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    [quote=TV Gord] No, she doesn’t, she has said from the start that she had a moment of confusion. It’s those of you who can’t seem to get that who are coming off as a little slow on the uptake. [/quote]

    Exactly! We’ve all said dumb things in moments of confusion. I know I have. Thankfully, my lapse in judgment or words did not follow me forever.

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    I forgive her, her brain and mouth may have just been hacked…like so many people’s Twitter accounts.

    I grow weary of Black, ‘church’ women. I was raised by them, and it was a blessing and a curse. Lately though my tolerance for their ignorance has been wearing thin.

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    She’s a liberal Democrat, so she’ll get a pass on this. But imagine the outrage if Elizabeth Hasselbeck had said the exact same thing.

    Ugh, Google is your friend. It will only take a few seconds to see that there have been plenty of people who have spoken out against what she said. Even if you don’t want to take the time to step away from your dogmatic views, reading her statement would clue you in to the response that she has received, since she mentions being criticized for her comments, and the headlines that were written about those comments.

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    Yeah, as an African-American woman who has “made it” (so to speak) she should really understand what it means to get a chance and for the world to be diverse. Had she met this thinking about AA women , as she thinks about gay people, when she was wanting to make it, she might never had any chances. So yeah, I’d think about that for a while. Shame on you.

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    We have become too PC of a society. Everyone is offended. No one has the freedom to express their personal views anymore without the PC police coming out to attack you are try and take your job.

    One of things that struck me with the Duck Dynasty fiasco was how GLAAD was dumbfounded at the backlash that was received from the general public over his suspension. And it was not until they were losing the debate, that they decided to insert the black portions of his comments as some reason to continue to justify their position.

    Reality is most black people expected that some older white man from a rural southern area would have some views that would be racial. So few people were fired up about it. Accept for Jesse Jackson, who needed to do some self promotion.

    I have to say that if some people keep pulling the race, gender and sexuality card all the time. That it will lose its importance when something really comes up that needs to be addressed. And as an African American when people play the race card it loses its importance.

    As for this case, Sherri should just stand by her own personal views, because as she originally said she still loves people even if she does not agree with them. That is fair enough. And it is her right.

    Because when we start subjecting people’s careers to if they agree with your views and values than we have totally lost freedom and liberty.

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    TV Gord

    [quote=SoapArmageddon]However, based on the clip and HER OWN WORDS, I’d say she does not not believe that the world is round. (intentional use of the double negative)[/quote]

    Sure, based on that, but you would be ignoring her saying a couple of days later that or course she knows the world’s not flat. You would be ignoring where she explains the situation in her first book, and you would be ignoring the times she has explained it in interviews since.

    That’s what I mean by a little slow on the uptake.

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    [quote=SoapArmageddon]Whoopie Goldberg: Is the world flat?

    Sherri Shepherd: I never thought about it.

    She isn’t the brightest bulb in any socket, or perhaps she’s just inarticulate. However, based on the clip and HER OWN WORDS, I’d say she does not not believe that the world is round. (intentional use of the double negative)[/quote]

    THANK YOU THANK YOU Let us never forget that this woman still lacks a GED and is on TV 5x a week telling America how to think.

  12. Profile photo of SoapArmageddon

    TV Gord, you’re probably not a grammarian and may yourself be a bit slow on the uptake, so I’ll excuse your bewildering response and inexplicable devotion to Sherri Shepherd.

    I said, “..she probably does NOT NOT believe the world is round.” Two negatives amount to a positive.

    (I believe I’ve appeared too many times in this thread.) :)

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    Okay, one more time:

    A person’s sexual orientation has NOTHING to do with “views and values”. It’s part of what makes him or her human.

    And if reading or listening to those people who speak out against others who devalue our humanity is tiresome, then plug up your ears or put on some blinders because, fortunately, there are some of us who will NEVER STOP.

    David, given your frequent forays into pseudo-intellectualism, false equivalences, and downright pompousness, I’m not really surprised you don’t get it.

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    Everyone knows that Sherri Shepherd doesn’t have a brain in her pea head! Anyone who had to hire a tutor so that she could keep up with the ladies on “The View” is a TOTAL IDIOT!!!!!!!! ABC needs to fire her fat a** and send her back to sticks where she’s from and deserves to stay!

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    A person should be able to express their views about anything as long as it’s not hate speech. I’m gay, but you don’t need to approve. Just don’t be hateful.

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    TV Gord

    [quote=SoapArmageddon]I said, “..she probably does NOT NOT believe the world is round.” Two negatives amount to a positive.[/quote]

    :-) I actually am a grammarian, but I thought you typed that twice by mistake. I have to wade through so many mistakes on these boards, I tend to presume there are errors…even when there aren’t. ;-) Sorry.

    Oh, and it’s not as much about devotion to Sherri as it is devotion to fairness and accuracy. If someone who isn’t as disliked as Sherri made the same comment, people wouldn’t be conveniently ignoring her plausible explanation (nerves). It’s Sherri, though, so the dogpile continues.

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    TV Gord

    That’s the perfect example of the double-standard, kbirdusa! You don’t see that brought up (ad nauseum) every time he’s discussed on a message board.

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    I choose to reclaim the words “politically correct” and wear it as a badge of honor. Our enemies have twisted those words to mean “weak” or “insincere.”

    All politically correct really means is that I don’t go out of my way to hurt you and I expect the same courtesy in return. Politically correct is all about respect. What’s so weak about respecting another human being?

    Why offend gay people to exercise freedom of speech and religious rights? And exactly where in the bible does Jesus obsess over a man’s anus or the happy darkies picking cotton in the fields? Was that before or after the Sermon on the Mount?

    There are injustices all over the world that can benefit from freedom of speech and so-called Christianity. Why do gay people warrant special attention over the hungry children and the oppressed poor? How come conservatives never noisily pass around a petition about that?

    Freedom of speech was an idea birthed by men (with their own hypocrisies) who did not want to be tortured, jailed, and executed for speaking out against an oppressive government. Women wouldn’t have the right to vote if freedom of speech didn’t lead to the Suffrage movement.

    We wouldn’t have found out about Watergate if it wasn’t for freedom of speech. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez exercised their freedom of speech to help people.

    Freedom of speech was not meant to protect a gleefully wicked mob of religious thugs who get off at yelling FAG while people are trying to bury their dead.

    The true ideals behind freedom of speech were not meant to embolden anybody with a tv show to blurt whatever offensive missive they want to and then hide behind their bible when it all hits the fan. Children are taught the discretion of speech in kindergarten. Why is it cool to forget those lessons when one becomes a well paid celebrity?

    Sherri Shepherd has repeatedly pulled this type of thing before and it would behoove her selectively moral ass to remember that not a whole lotta straight guys watch The View.

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    @SoapArmageddon: If you are trying to convince someone of that, than is the problem. However you feel, when you try to force someone to view things the way you view it, that is where the problem is.

    You listed how you believe it is. That is your right. Sherri discusses how she believes it is. It is her right.

    You see it one way and believe that is the way it is. And Sherri sees it another. And that is the way it is.

    If one tries to force people to see it your way and then wants to try and threaten their job for not accepting your point of view than we have problem.

    And that is where people are pushing back.

    Many Christians believe homosexuality is a sin. You’re not going to change most people with that view. Don’t try. Let it be.

    Other people don’t believe that. And many people won’t be able to change their views. Don’t try. Let it be.

    But if someone has to view homosexuality the way you do in order to keep their job that is regressive and oppressive.

    And either side should be free to speak their mind without fear of retribution.

    In the Bay Area of Ca a Latina actress was force to resign from a Spanish Language version of The Vagina Monologues because she is a republican and in the past supported an anti-illegal immigration candidate. This was largely due to protest from bay area progressives.

    They were not judging her for talent as an actress, but decided that her political views were worthy of punishment.

    This is where PC world is getting us too.

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    @EricasBlackSon: Since when does one have to cater to your emotions? Does your feeling of offense trump people’s freedom to express themselves?

    And let me add this for reference: I remember when prop 8 passed CA, roves gay white men and women stormed the streets calling black people the N word. No one asked for their jobs because they did so. No one went up to beat them up.

    Did people learn something about people who said such things? Yes. Did they have a negative point of view of those individuals? Yes. But they kept their jobs and life went on. Black people in the Bay Area did not try to censer them.

    In fact, I would say that many black people here were not surprised.

    And what was more troubling to this story is that some of the black people they were yelling it at were black and gay. And still life moved on.

    Was it offensive? Yeah. Did the world have to stop because of it? No. Did life move on? Yes.

    So the reason why the ACLU and group that works on college campuses call FIRE ( exists for the reason that some people will decide their emotions trumps the freedoms and the rights of others.

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    David, these rambling posts of yours are sheer nonsense. If you were one of my university students, I’d give you an F for incoherence. It’s also not only a matter of false equivalences with you now. It’s also half-truths and near falsehoods.

    Maria Conchita Alonzo was not forced to resign from the Vagina Monologues because she is a Republican.

    I, for one, am grateful that I have parents who both were and still are at the forefront of the struggle for social justice. Without people like them and their ideal of a more “PC” world, this country would be even more screwed up.

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    @SoapArmageddon By saying she was forced to resign does not mean the company did. But she resigned due to the protests.

    “Last week actress Maria Conchita Alonso resigned her role in a Mission District Spanish-language production of “The Vagina Monologues” after pro-illegal immigration activists threatened a boycott.

    They protested because Alonso, best known for her debut film “Moscow on the Hudson,” had appeared in a video supporting the gubernatorial candidacy of GOP Assemblyman Tim Donnelly – a.k.a. to La Opinión, “un ultra conservador republicano.” Donnelly is a former member of the pro-border-enforcement Minutemen, and he opposes California’s Dream Act, which, to Telemundo, makes him anti-immigrant.

    “We really can’t have her in the show, unfortunately,” producer Eliana Lopez told KPIX. Monday Lopez told me, “I am really grateful that she resigned” – and that Alonso did so in order to save the show and to help the other two actresses.”

    That says it all.

    On the other hand, my parents were knee deep in the struggle, but never believed people should be silenced for having views that disagreed with them.

    As long as one does not try to take their job, or do physical harm or any other actual crime. People were and still are free to be themselves.

    But here is something I notice. Instead of addressing people’s freedoms to have their own view on a variety of issues, some people decide to bypass it so that the world fits their emotional worldviews.

    And my parents always raised me to respect people’s differences and points-of-view. So that is that.

    You can attack the writing style of the content and that is your free will to do. I simply am not fazed by it. See that is my living by what I said.

    But I wonder why you only chimed in on the Latina Actress and not the other example that I mentioned? You can answer or you can’t. It is up to you.

    And I will close with this. People (millions of them and growing), have grown tired of the “thought police” telling people what to think and how to feel. And I for one am glad we are seeing an end to that.

    So if a group of people don’t like the message one is giving then you provide the counter message, protest, posting or whatever.

    Thus, I support everyone’s freedom to express themselves, even if I don’t agree. And that is the reality of things.

    – Christina Hoff Sommers on “The Tyranny of Niceness”

    – Steven Pinker on Taboos, Political Correctness, and Dissent

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    Thoughts can’t be policed but one can be held accountable for their words. The problem with all this drivel about the PC thought police is that you want to say whatever vicious bile pours out of the hole in your heads but then you really don’t want anybody to call you on it. Besides, if you’re such a proponent of free speech then why are you so touchy when Liberals do it.

    Furthermore, conservative Christians try to indoctrinate far more people than gay folks ever do and they start at a younger age. And those who don’t fall in line are labeled demonic and damned. Moreover, when conservative Christians don’t get their way they co-opt the word “bullying.”

    Why don’t you compare notes with Christians in other countries who are murdered for their beliefs with the Christians in this country, who politicians cater to for elections, and then tell us again how conservatives are being persecuted.

    Far more people in this country are murdered for being gay than for being conservatives. The conservative anti-gay, religious rhetoric potentially fuels the dogmatism of hate crimes far more than an episode of Modern Family or Lucas shoving his tongue down Brad’s throat on General Hospital.

    The Prop 8 argument is an intellectually lazy example. It presupposes that the black people being verbally attacked on the street by a racist gay mob would have to then SOMEHOW track down where those people were employed and get them fired. Impractical.

    Although, in many companies, outside of show business, one’s activities outside of the job CAN get you fired or disciplined. The Prop 8 debacle is not a congruent analogy to celebrities who spout their homophobia/ racism to large groups of people. The celebrities are public figures who are responsible for the propaganda that goes along with their perks.

    So, no, David, you don’t have to pay attention to my feelings, honey. But I don’t have to respect your bullshit either.

    Ain’t this a great country?

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    There is only ONE example in the post you directed to me. :)

    “That says it all.” Yes, but your post didn’t. You left out the most relevant parts. The people who protested were exercising THEIR free speech and she FREELY chose to resign.

    It’s rather telling that you include a youtube clip of a woman who earnestly wishes to return American society to the 1950’s era when women stayed at home and blacks knew their place.

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    Again you are trying to get into the convincing business. I’m not here to be convinced. And I’m not here to defend conservative Christians either. I’m defending people’s freedom to be able to speak without the “thought police” deciding for them and going after people’s jobs.

    And I do not play Oppression Olympics either. It is a term that describes but rejects as false the phenomenon whereby activists against prejudice towards one group will attempt to position that prejudice as “worse” than the prejudice faced by another group.

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    SoapArmageddon: My bad, I actually posted it under Eric’s Evil Twin’s response. Here it is just to check it out.

    And yes they did use their freedom of speech to protest. That is good. But it is another thing to try to take someone’s income. But when we open that Pandora’s box. You don’t get to choose who gets hit.

    And the point of sharing that piece was to show that black people did not ask for their heads on a platter or threaten their place of employment for what many did. Life continued. People lived. That is how it works.

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    I’m simply stating that there’s nothing wrong with the ideals of caring about how your actions affect others in rebuttal to your contention that it really doesn’t matter. Whether you’re convinced is your own affair.

    And you do in fact seem to be playing Oppression Olympics since you are grievously concerned about millionaires keeping their jobs after they tell an entire swath of people where to go.

    Yes, they have a right to freedom of speech but they are not entitled to be a highly paid celebrity with no consequences for what they say.

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    @Ericaseviltwin: Two things I can pick up from the middle part here:

    “And you do in fact seem to be playing Oppression Olympics since you are grievously concerned about millionaires keeping their jobs after they tell an entire swath of people where to go.”

    And I want to first thank you for the opportunity to have this discussion. Yet, to address that specific point you made there. Two things come to mind.

    a.) Guilt Trip: Which is a special kind of tactic. Where the individual suggests to the other person that he or she does not care enough, is too selfish or has it easy.

    b.) All or Nothing Sum Game: In which the opponent, is opposed to one action therefore he must accept all ‘idealize views’ said individual has thrust upon him or her.

    And it works like this:

    Joan says she does not agree with interracial dating, but will not treat people any different because they are in one.

    Bob who is in an interracial couple cares for nothing beyond the first part of her statement. Draws his own conclusions and ties a list of labels or ideas to her that Joan has not invoked or even suggested.

    Kerry then intervenes on behalf of Joan’s freedom to not agree with it. Now Kerry is attached to every label Bob has for Joan.

    This is how the cycle works. It is not good.

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    I find it amusing that you’re the one who first introduced race to a conversation where it wasn’t the primary topic. First, with the lame Prop 8 example and now this really funny interracial dating thing. It’s telling.

    Anyway, the fallacy of logic you’re struggling to demonstrate is called Post Hoc Ergo Proctor Hoc. It’s the Latin for “After this, therefore, because of this.”

    It’s completely off topic and has nothing to do with what we’re talking about. But I guess if you’re losing one argument you can always start another.

    Thank you for playing and we have some lovely parting gifts for you on the way out.

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    I love Sherri Shepherd and she should stick to whatever it is she really believes in. Her thoughts do not affect me. I don’t care whether she likes or dislikes anything or who she sleeps with. It’s not like I’m friends with her. I like what I see of her on TV. I can’t dislike people for what they think or for their opinions. I just respectfully let them have their own.

    The PC police (especially here on DC) have no sense of humour and really don’t see that their own style of forced PCness is just as intolerant as they claim of racism and bigotry in general.

    Sticks and stone may break our bones but words will only harm the uneducated who don’t know that they have the power of choice and the ultimate power over how they perceive.

    And how arrogant for SoapArmageddon to say, “if you were one of my university students”. OH MY! SoapArmageddon must be a very distinguished college professor!! I am so impressed with the intelligence level just brimming over from this illustrious poster! Looks like old Chaka’s weave is on too tight.

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    [quote=SoapArmageddon]It did. Anytime you want another catfight, I am so there. I love pretending to be all furious and bitchy :) :beer:[/quote]
    LOL. Try as we might, I think there’s a bunch of pussycats in here. Night all!

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