Connect with us

Entertainment

Hillsong founder apologizes for slur in book

Published

on

Hillsong founder apologizes for slur in book

After years of profiting from her error, this preacher is requesting forgiveness for it. 

Bobbie Houston, who co-founded scandal-plagued megachurch Hillsong with husband Brian in the 1980s, recently came under fresh scrutiny for her 2003 audiobook, “Kingdom Women Love Sex,” in which she casually used a slur against the developmentally disabled.

In response to the backlash, she quietly released an internal statement on Hillsong’s website early last month.

“A recently published media article included comments that I made almost 20 years ago while I was teaching on the subject of healthy marriage, intimacy and family,” the 64-year-old’s statement begins. “In that teaching I used certain words and examples that were unwise and offensive, and especially so in a world where appropriate and sensitive language is of absolute critical importance.”

While insisting that she has spent the past two decades championing “the value and rights of women,” she admitted that “was not reflected in my comments,” adding, “I hope and pray that those affected will find it in their hearts to forgive me.” 

According to Houston, this wasn’t the first time she has sought forgiveness for the now out-of-print sex advice guide. “I unreservedly and humbly apologized then for any hurt incurred, and I do so again,” she claimed in the statement. While not an apology, the book’s title was changed upon public outcry following its release to “She Loves & Values Her Femininity.” 

Other controversial points from the three-CD box set include the Pentecostal pastor’s fat-phobic question of, “How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” as well as her encouragement that God-fearing women maintain a youthful appearance, no matter their age or the cost. 

“Have plastic surgery if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons,” she proclaims on the tape. “Minimize the negative of aging. Aging does strange things to us. It discolors your teeth. Things sag when you get older,” adding, “Back pain. Plumbing bits. OK, get them fixed, get healed, or go to a doctor. I’m not joking.”

“Kingdom Women” is not Houston’s only book that allegedly emphasizes a woman’s need to submit to men and be attractive. Australian academic Marion Maddox suggested in a 2013 Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion article that many of Houston’s other books and sermons also reiterate that women should be “gorgeously available for Jesus’s army.” 

Hillsong is currently embroiled in at least two lawsuits, although co-founder Brian Houston has vehemently denied the existence of one while internally contesting other recent allegations against the Australia-based megachurch. 

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Entertainment

Dolly Parton ‘happy’ to get first COVID-19 vaccine dose

Published

on

By

Dolly Parton 'happy' to get first COVID-19 vaccine dose

The Queen of Country has been vaccinated. 

“Dolly gets a dose of her own medicine,” Dolly Parton, 75, tweeted on Tuesday, alongside a photo of herself at her appointment, sporting a sparkly-blue, long-sleeve shirt with upper arm cutouts in just the right place for the coronavirus vaccine injection. 

In the tweet, Parton tagged her vaccine site — Nashville, Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center — where she calmly sits in a low-backed chair in front of a logo-covered backdrop.

“I’m finally gonna get my vaccine — I’m so excited,” Dolly told followers in an Instagram video posted from her appointment. “I’ve been waiting a while, I’m old enough to get it, and I’m smart enough to get it,” she told her fans, specifying that she received the Moderna COVID-19 shot, which she helped fund with a $1 million donation last April.

Then, “to fit the occasion,” the “9 to 5” star launched into a rendition of “Jolene” where she instead sings, “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate … ’cause once you dead, then that’s a bit too late.” 

“The faster everyone gets vaccinated, the faster we can return to normal,” she went on, before taking aim at those who don’t plan to — or are on the fence about — getting vaccinated. 

“I just want to say to all of you cowards out there: Don’t be such a chicken squat. Get out there and get your shot.”

She then received the first dose of her Moderna shot from Vanderbilt physician Dr. Naji Abumrad. Parton met Abumrad following a 2013 car wreck, and it was their friendship that inspired her to donate to vaccine research, the Tennessean reported.  

“Well, it didn’t take this long to film ‘9 to 5,’ ” she said as the doctor prepared the syringe, before telling the cameras, “I’ve been waiting since December.”

Once the syringe was ready, though, the injection process was over in a jiffy. 

“That didn’t hurt,” she told the doctor after.

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Emmys 2021 to air Sept. 19, move to CBS

Published

on

By

Emmys 2021 to air Sept. 19, move to CBS

LOS ANGELES — The 2021 Emmy Awards will be held on Sept. 19 and air live on CBS.

The network and the Television Academy announced Tuesday that the 73rd annual ceremony will stream live and on-demand on Paramount+, the streaming service that launches March 4.

The host, producers and location for the Emmys will be announced later. Since 2008, the show has been held at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Last year’s show on ABC was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and was a combined in-person and virtual event. Kimmel was live at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, and most presenters and nominees appeared remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic. That format was also used for the recent Golden Globes.

The 2020 Emmys were the lowest-rated with 6.4 million viewers.

As part of the broadcast networks taking turns, CBS last aired the Emmys in 2017, when Stephen Colbert hosted.

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Angelina Jolie sells off Winston Churchill painting from Brad Pitt for $11.5M

Published

on

By

Angelina Jolie sells off Winston Churchill painting from Brad Pitt for $11.5M

Angelina Jolie sold off a Winston Churchill painting that Brad Pitt bought her as a gift for $11.5 million on Monday.

The work was gifted to Jolie by her estranged husband Pitt, who bought it for $2.95 million in 2011 from a New Orleans antique dealer, M.S. Rau, we previously revealed.

Reports on Monday said that the 1943 Churchill painting, “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque,” sold for a record-breaking $11.5 million to a mystery Belgian bidder at Christie’s “Modern British Art Evening Sale” auction in London. The same bidder also bought two more Churchill works in the sale, the Art Newspaper reported.

The painting — which shattered its estimate of $3.4 million — was sold via the Jolie Family Collection. Reps have not commented on why the movie star was selling off the gift from her ex. Jolie and Pitt’s divorce has been dragging on for years, ever since they announced their split in 2016.

Seems art lover Pitt has a good eye: The previous record for a Churchill painting was reportedly around $2.5 million.

Sources previously told us that Pitt’s role in Quentin Tarantino’s World War II drama, “Inglourious Basterds,” helped inspire his interest in the Churchill work. He and Jolie also reportedly once visited the Churchill War Rooms together in the UK for a private tour.

Bill Rau of M.S. Rau told Page Six of the record-breaking Monday sale: “When we sold the ‘Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque’ by Winston Churchill, it was valued at just under $3 million, a fair price for such a historic work. The fact that it sold at auction for [$11.5 million] just goes to show you that important pieces will continue to be coveted and fetch top dollar. The painting has had an unprecedented journey, from being gifted to a US President [Churchill gave it to Franklin D. Roosevelt], to being hidden away in a closet for nearly half a century, to being owned by the most famous couple in Hollywood. I’m thrilled that M.S. Rau was able to bring this amazing piece back into the spotlight.”

Before Pitt bought it, the painting was passed from FDR to his son, who sold it in 1950 to an art collector in Nebraska. It was later sold to a movie producer, Norman G. Hickman, who was involved in a 1964 Churchill-themed film, “The Finest Hours.” The painting was then left to Hickman’s relatives after he died, and wound up in a closet for 15 years until it was sold by Rau.

Continue Reading

Trending