Sherri Shepherd, co-host of “The View” had to readdress some remarks she made during an interview with Fusion host Alicia Menendez. According to E! Online on Jan. 21, Shepherd apologized for some remarks she made that many perceived as anti-gay.
In the interview with Menendez, the 46-year-old Shepherd opened up about herself as well as her very conservative Christian faith. In doing so, she offered her opinion on homosexuality and how she was brought up to have a certain set of beliefs. What she had to say didn’t sit well with many and Shepherd felt her interview was “misrepresented”.
She addressed her remarks on Tuesday’s episode of “The View” and offered the following apology:
“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 expressed on Alicia Menendez Tonight on the Fusion network.”
She went on to explain how she was brought up and how members of the LGBT community live “in their own truth.” Sherry Shepherd said she had no desire to judge anyone for who they are.
The remark in question came after Menendez asked “The View” co-host about the biggest misconception about her. She answered by saying that she is not as “judgmental” as people believe her to be. Then she went on to speak about homosexuality.
“You grow up being a Christian and you have grown up believing homosexuality is a sin, you’re going to hell if you’re a homosexual. This is something that I grew up believing. I always tell people, ‘I may not agree with your lifestyle, but I love you. You may not agree with my lifestyle, but you love me.”
At question once again is Shepherd’s freedom of religion as she explained her opinions of homosexuality coming from how she was brought up as a Christian. Her view on homosexuality is just her own personal view as she explained. She did say, however, that she doesn’t believe homosexuality is a choice.
“I’m not gonna argue with you, because I can’t tell you how you feel and what’s going on inside. I’m trying to make it to heaven by the skin of my teeth…So if you tell me you’re born [gay],I’m not gonna argue with you. And I absolutely respect you for that. I just ask that people respect how I feel.”
It is that respect when offering differences of opinion that leads to a dialogue that can open minds, as well as hearts.