Jennifer Hudson's probably going to get an Oscar nomination for her performance in Dreamgirls. But not before the first-timer and former American Idol favorite has to deal with something she told the Dallas Voice last week, during her trip here to promote the big-screen version of the hit musical. Seems she told the newspaper that bills itself as "the community paper for gay & lesbian Dallas" that -- wait for it, wait for it -- "according to what we're taught, and what it says in the bible," homosexuality is "a sin."
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This has to be the last thing Hudson ever thought she'd be dealing with as the movie's Christmas release date approaches; no doubt she was already prepping her acceptance speech. But, nope. Now she has to defend herself against charges that she's a homophobe. And her Dreamgirls co-star Eddie Murphy thought he had problems.
It's all certainly odd timing: After all, she's on the cover of The Advocate that's currently on newsstands, and she said during her interview with the magazine: "I think the world of the gay community, and I feel like it's an honor. The gay community is the hardest community to please, so if they love me, I must be fierce, honey." Nonetheless, the comments that appeared in the Voice prompted Hudson to post a response on her blog; fire, meet hose. She writes:
"In a recent interview, I was asked how I reconciled being a Christian with performing at events for my gay fans. I find it upsetting that some folks equate being a Christian with being intolerant of gay people. That may, unfortunately, be true for some, but it is not true for me...Yes, I was taught that the Bible has certain views on homosexuality. The Bible also teaches us not to judge. It teaches us to love one another as God loves us all. I love my sister, my two best friends and my director dearly. They happen to be gay. So what?"