Fantasia Barrino’s publicity reps have been working overtime trying to undo the damage she caused when she posted an apparently anti gay marriage rant on Instagram. The offending post, according to E! Online, read “I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERNMENT THE church House... Everybody Trying!!!!!!! Its a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!! I'm not doing Nothing for you... My Life!!!!"
The Grammy winner’s PR people hastily penned a statement distancing Fantasia from the seemingly homophobic remarks, desperate not to be seen to shun the pink pound that is so powerful in the world of pop. “Comments made by Ms. Barrino through her Intragram account were recently taken far out of context,” came the statement. “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.”
Barrino herself also added “It has been brought to my attention that something I said was taken out of context… I, Fantasia Monique Barrino, don't judge anyone because I don't want to be judged. The gay community is one of my largest supporters. I support the gay community as they support me. Bloggers please stop misrepresenting the facts.” An ill-timed bit of bad publicity for the American Idol champion, given that her single ‘Lose To Win’ is out on January 8, 2013.