Mahershala Ali (above) and the cast of the hit movie ‘Moonlight’ were honoured at last night’s Golden Globe Awards when the project was presented with the Best Drama trophy.
Only right then, as the movie continues to rock theatres nationwide, that its cast and crew celebrate their win by speaking to press at the ceremony about the project.
Alas, their time with media outlets saw them quizzed on Kim Burrell’s slamming of the LGBT community and how it may have affected Janelle Monae who stars in ‘Moonlight’ as well as ‘Hidden Figures’, the movie Burrell recorded music for.
How they responded?
You all came here to hear my cause? I came to tell you about sin. That sin nature – I […] – that perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion. It has deceived many many men and women. It has caused a strain on the body of Christ and the homosexual spirit and they come up […] love everybody […] spit on ’em.
You cannot get instruction from God’s holiness with that much perversion.
You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted […] oh Lord.
You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted!
‘Moonlight’ tells the story of a young Africa-American coming to terms with his sexuality in a heteronormative world and the struggles he faces as he seeks acceptance in his community and in the world at large.
Mahershala Ali revealed why he felt he compelled to join the project after reading its script.
A lot of actors wish they were having a visceral response to the scripts that they’re reading. And the first time I read it, I think everyone involved will tell you they got really choked up and just really connected to this story and these characters.
I think a lot of people feel like they’re on the fringes right now. A little bit outside and away from center, and not necessarily represented in the most truthful or most connected way,” he said. “Even though I think there’s very few people in general that can specially connect to Chiron’s experience, I think in some way all of have been ‘the other,’ the person on the outside, maybe not persecuted to the degree that this young man is, but I think we all want to be loved and embraced and need connection and support and family and mentorship. And I think people are seeing that and recognizing the humanity in every individual.