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Winner and loser of the week: Pharrell speaks out against hate speech; Soulja Boy and Chris Brown in the first big fight of 2017




Pharrell Williams. The Ellen Show was down one performer this week when DeGeneres, 58, canceled gospel singer Kim Burrell's performance with Williams. Burrell, 44, and Williams, 43, were scheduled to perform I See a Victory together to promote the Hidden Figures soundtrack. But before the performance, Burrell made waves when she was filmed giving a sermon where she said gays and lesbians are "perverted." She later defended her comments by saying, "To every person that is dealing with the homosexual spirit, that has it, I love you because God loves you. But God hates the sin in you and me, anything that is against the nature of God." For obvious reasons, DeGeneres was not having it. But it was Williams' comments while appearing on the show that caught our attention.

"There's no space, there's no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 and moving on," Williams said.  "We all have to get used to everyone's differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way."

Williams posted an Instagram message saying he condemns hate speech shortly after the sermon went viral, but he made sure to say he still has love for Burrell on The Ellen Show.

"I get it that sometimes some of the divisive stuff works. We learned that lesson last year that divisiveness works," he said.  But you have to choose what side you're on. I'm choosing empathy; I'm choosing inclusion; I'm choosing love for everybody just trying to lift everyone. Even when I disagree with someone, I'm wishing them the best and hoping for the best because we can't win the other way."


Chris Brown and Soulja Boy.

Leave it to these two to start the first celebrity feud of 2017. It all started when Soulja Boy (real name DeAndre Cortez Way, 26) liked model Karreuche Tran's Instagram photo. Tran and Brown dated, but ended their relationship ended back in 2015. Brown, 27, apparently thinks he still has some claim over Tran, because Soulja Boy tweeted out that Brown called him wanting to fight over the Instagram like. Think that's dramatic? That's just the beginning. The two then spent days sending each other tweets and Instagram video messages taunting each other. But plot twist: Soulja Boy posted an "apology" video, claiming his recent outbursts have been because of his mother's recent hospitalization. Second plot twist: Rapper 50 Cent said he'd put $100,000 on Chris Brown in a fight between the two artists. Soulja  then returned to Instagram and announced that former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather would be setting up the pay-per-view boxing match through Mayweather Promotion. And it doesn't even end there, Soulja brought Brown's kid into the mix, posting a photo of Brown's 2-year-old daughter Royalty on Instagram. "We gone push this fight UP!!! I promise you are regret this for the rest of ya life," Brown then wrote, saying bringing his daughter into the mix was crossing the line. So there you have it. Two grown men planning to fight over a social media post. More specifically, over liking a photo of a woman neither one of them are dating. The fight doesn't have a set date, but is scheduled for March in Las Vegas.


[Last modified: Thursday, January 5, 2017 5:54pm]


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