Earlier today, Donnie McClurkin uploaded a socialcam video to the internet addressing being un-invited to perform at DC’s Civil Rights Concert today, August 10. In a video where McClurkin is calm but still exudes frustration and anger, he tells his thousands of fans who were expecting him to show up that he did not cancel, rather, he shares he was un-invited and un-welcomed by the Mayor of DC.
Donnie McClurkin is still feeling the backlash of comments he made several years ago stating homosexuality, ‘can be cured’. This statement angered the gay community and immediately caused protestors to demonstrate every time McClurkin performed. This anger was evident in 2007 when McClurkin was asked to perform for an Obama campaign to raise funds causing the gay community to be outraged. Obama’s camp refused to drop McClurkin from the line-up fearing backlash from black pastors and churches but stated he ‘strongly disagrees’ with the reverend’s views.
According to McClurkin, the promoter of the event called him the night before while McClurkin was boarding the plane to let him know he was not welcome and un-invited. Many pastors spoke up for McClurkin but their efforts did not change the Mayor’s office decision.
McClurkin received much criticism in 2009 from an interview he did where he compared being delivered from homosexuality to diabetes. “I’m a diabetic now and I don’t eat sugar, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t want sugar. The more I don’t eat the sugar, the more I lose the taste for sugar and the more my diet starts to change permanently – I can’t stand a regular soda now because it’s too much sugar. So, the more I don’t intake the sugar, the more it leaves out of my desire.” – said Donnie McClurkin.
Do you feel the Mayor of DC was justified in his decision to un-invite Donnie McClurkin to satisfy the gay community?