BRITISH actress Seyi Omooba, 25, above, lost her lead role in a stage production of The Color Purple earlier this year because of an anti-gay comment she posted on Facebook in 2014.
In March she auditioned for a production of the musical to be staged in Birmingham and Leicester and “was ecstatic” to be given the part of Celie, the central character in Alice Walker’s novel who was played by Whoopi Goldberg in the 1985 film.
In a discussion about homosexuality, she had written:
It is clearly evident in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 what the Bible says on this matter. I do not believe you can be born gay and I do not believe homosexuality is right …
The sender of a tweet that exposed her homophobia was actor and writer Aaron Lee Lambert, above, who stars in the West End production of Hamilton the Musical.
He particularly objected to her views because the character of Celie is seen by some readers as being gay.
According to the BBC, Lambert asked Omooba:
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.
Omooba said in a YouTube video:
On all my social media I always post stuff about God or scripture. They knew that I was Christian and they knew my stance on marriage, on my faith, on God … on many different things that are in the Bible.
At the time of her sacking the show’s producers wrote in a statement:
Following careful reflection it has been decided that Seyi will no longer be involved with the production.
Curve Theatre’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Drector Nikolai Foster told the BBC today (Monday) they stand by the statement but they had “not received any notice of legal action”.
Omooba is now taking legal action against Curve and her agency, Global Artists, for breach of contract and anti-Christian discrimination.
Cue Christian Concern, an anti-gay hate group which has swooped in to support her legal case.
Andrea Minichiello Williams, above, Chief Executive of the Christian Concern, said:
What happened to Seyi Omooba was cruel and has damaged the career of a highly talented young artist for a Facebook post she had made four years ago.
Here you have a young Christian woman, with what critics have described as having a ‘ferocious’ talent, being sacked and blacklisted for expressing what the Bible says about homosexual practice, the need for forgiveness and God’s love for all humanity.
This is another in a string of cases involving Christians being hounded out of their careers because they love Jesus. This cannot go unchallenged and we are determined to fight for justice in this case.
I can find nothing to show that the actress is related to pastor Ade Omooba, co-founder of Christian Concern.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn