Sherri Shepherd, co-host of ABC's The View, said Tuesday that she doesn't agree with homosexuality and was raised to believe that it comes with a one-way ticket to Hell, but she "loves" LGBT people and asks that they just respect how she feels about the whole thing.
Shepherd's remarks came in an interview with Fusion host Alicia Menendez, when she was asked what she thinks is the biggest misconception people have about her.
"I think people don't know my heart," Shepherd replied. "I think they feel I'm very judgmental, I think people feel I'm very homophobic. If they knew me, and knew my heart..."
Incidentally, as Queerty points out, people really can't be blamed for labeling Shephard as a homophobe. After all, she's also blamed gay men for spreading HIV to women, said that she'd never let a male-identified and/or transgender child wear a dress in her home, advocated for straight soldiers to receive counseling after showering with gay soldiers, asserted that lesbians cannot defend themselves without men, and claimed that gay relationships are "all about the sex." So yeah, there's ample evidence of homophobia.
Shepherd's remarks continued:
"You grow up being a Christian and you have grow up believing homosexuality is a sin; you're going to hell if you're a homosexual. This is something that they teach in churches. So it's something that I grew up believing."
Shepherd says being on The View has forced her to think critically about the things she was taught as a child -- to ask herself, "What are your beliefs, Sherri?" -- but what she said next made clear that her position on homosexuality hasn't changed; it's still the same "love the sinner, hate the sin" bullshit.
"I always tell people: 'I might not agree with your lifestyle, but I love you -- as you may not agree with my lifestyle, but you love me...' I don't say it's a choice. If you tell me, 'Sherri, I was born gay,' okay. 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 into heaven by the skin of my teeth... I don't know who I'm gonna see [up there]. So if you tell me you're born [gay], I'm not gonna argue with you. And I absolutely respect you for that. And I just ask that people respect how I feel, [I] respect how you feel, and we can have a great dialogue. And then afterwards, let's go get a drink."
I'm sorry, Sherri, but there's absolutely nothing respectable about prejudice. When your position on my identity, my marriage, and my family is grounded in that kind of incredible ignorance and profound disrespect, it's just not something I'm willing to respect in return, or to just laugh off as a "difference of opinion" over strawberry daiquiris.
Watch Shepherd's interview with Menendez, after the jump. Her comments on homosexuality begin at the 3:20 mark.