The Color Purple actress under fire over anti-gay post
The Color Purple actress Oluwaseyi (Seyi) Omooba has been accused of hypocrisy over a post in which she claimed that people cannot be “born gay” and that homosexuality isn’t “right.”
Hamilton star Aaron Lee Lambert posted on Twitter on Friday (March 15) a screenshot of a Facebook post published under Omooba’s profile in 2014 in which the actress discussed her negative views on homosexuality.
“Do you still stand by this post? Or are you happy to remain a hypocrite? Seeing as you’ve now been announced to be playing an LGBTQ character, I think you owe your LGBTQ peers an explanation. Immediately,” Lambert wrote in his tweet.
In the lengthy Facebook post, Omooba wrote: “I do not believe you can be born gay and i do not believe homosexuality is right, though the law of this land has made it legal doesn’t mean its [sic] right.”
She does not appear to have answered Lambert’s post. PinkNews approached Omooba for comment.
Omooba is set to play the lead role of Celie in a musical production of The Color Purple, based on the Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, the Steven Spielberg film and the Broadway production.
Celie is an abuse survivor who eventually learns how to be confident and independent after meeting Shug, a woman with whom she develops an intimate, sexual relationship.
“We will be looking into the matter and will issue a full response in due course.”
— Birmingham Hippodrome and Leicester’s Curve, who are co-producing The Color Purple
The show, co-produced by the Birmingham Hippodrome and Leicester’s Curve theatre, is due to run from July 16 to July 20.
Curve Leicester and Birmingham Hippodrome answered Lambert’s tweet releasing a joint statement, distancing themselves from Omooba’s views.
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