Theatre Investigating ‘Color Purple’ Actress’s Facebook Post Saying ‘I Do Not Believe Homosexuality is Right’

Over the weekend we reported that Oluwaseyi Omooba, an actress recently cast as Celie in Leicester’s Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome’s co-production of the Broadway musical of The Color Purple, has come under scrutiny for a Facebook post written in 2014 in which she said homosexuality is not a choice and “not right.”

Now the theatre companies staging the production have distanced itself from Omooba’s statement and say they are investigating.

Wrote Leicester’s Curve and Birmingham’s Hippodrome theatres on Twitter: “On Friday a social media post from 2014 by one of THE COLOR PURPLE cast members was brought to our attention. The views shared in this post do not in any way reflect the views of Curve or Birmingham Hippodrome. We are continuing to investigate this and a full statement will be issued as a matter of priority.”

The Facebook post was surfaced by Hamilton actor Aaron Lee Lambert, who tweeted: “@Seyiomooba Do you still stand by this post? Or are you happy to remain a hypocrite?”

Added Lambert: “Seeing as you’ve now been announced to be playing an LGBTQ character, I think you owe your LGBTQ peers an explanation. Immediately.”

Omooba is the daughter of anti-LGBTQ pastor Adegboyega Omooba who advocates for gay conversion therapy and was recently awarded an MBE.

iNews reports: ‘Pastor Omooba has been involved in a string of anti-LGBTQ+ campaigns over the course of his career, including a failed attempt to stop anti-discrimination legislation against gay people in 2006. The legislation tackled discrimination banning hotels from refusing bookings from same-sex couples. He also campaigned against same-sex marriage, saying equal unions “devalue the meaning of marriage itself.” The pastor’s organisation Christian Concern, have rallied against LGBTQ+ equality and identities since they were first formed in 2004.’

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‘Color Purple’ Actress Blasted for Facebook Post: ‘I Do Not Believe Homosexuality is Right’

Oluwaseyi Omooba / Twitter

Oluwaseyi Omooba, an actress recently cast as Celie in London’s West End production of The Color Purple, has come under scrutiny for a Facebook post written in 2014 in which she said homosexuality is not a choice and “not right.”

The Facebook post was surfaced by Hamilton actor Aaron Lee Lambert, who tweeted: “@Seyiomooba Do you still stand by this post? Or are you happy to remain a hypocrite?”

Added Lambert: “Seeing as you’ve now been announced to be playing an LGBTQ character, I think you owe your LGBTQ peers an explanation. Immediately.”

Omooba is the daughter of anti-LGBTQ pastor Adegboyega Omooba who advocates for gay conversion therapy and was recently awarded an MBE.

iNews reports: ‘Pastor Omooba has been involved in a string of anti-LGBTQ+ campaigns over the course of his career, including a failed attempt to stop anti-discrimination legislation against gay people in 2006. The legislation tackled discrimination banning hotels from refusing bookings from same-sex couples. He also campaigned against same-sex marriage, saying equal unions “devalue the meaning of marriage itself.” The pastor’s organisation Christian Concern, have rallied against LGBTQ+ equality and identities since they were first formed in 2004.’

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Anti-LGBTI pastor who endorses conversion therapy given MBE at Buckingham Palace

a man in African dress holds an mbe and he is smiling

An anti-LGBTI pastor who openly lobbies for conversion therapy has received an MBE from the British Royal Family.

Pastor Ade Omooba co-founded Christian Concern, a lobby group which seeks ‘to speak of Jesus Christ in public life – especially in the arenas of politics, law and the media.’

On Thursday (14 March), Omooba received his MBE from Prince Charles at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. Queen Elizabeth awarded Omooba the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in her New Years’ Honors List for his voluntary work.

‘I look at all of the social projects we have done, all that we have accomplished, and then realise how it could easily all be, as it were, demeaned, destroyed, pulled down, unappreciated because of public policy,’ Omooba said after receiving his award.

‘I strive daily in life to be a personification of ‘Modest But Excellent’ (MBE) and that’s what the award means to me. The Queen honouring me in this way simply humbles me and encourages me to remain relentless in my pursuit of Modesty But Excellence.’

Voices of the Silenced

Christian Concern made headlines last year after Vue Cinemas in London refused to screen the group’s documentary on gay conversion therapy called Voices of the Silenced.

Gay conversion therapy is a widely discredited psudeoscience. It attempts to change a person’s LGBTI identity through prayer, counselling or medical intervention. It is widely outlawed, and described as torture by many health bodies and governments. The UK

But Omooba and Christian Concern stand by the practice.

‘Taking therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction can include two goals, depending on what the client wants: some people want to diminish their same-sex attraction and remain celibate; others also wish to see a development in their natural potential for opposite-sex attraction,’ a blog post post on the group’s site reads.

‘As this work is likely more common among Christians, the campaign to ban such therapy has anti-Christian and anti-social implications that reach well beyond this kind of pastoral care.’

Christian Concern is also anti-LGBTI and regularly posts content warning supporters of the ‘LGBTI agenda’.

 

 

 

 

Author: Shannon Power

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