‘The Color Purple’ UK’s Lead Actress Fired After Anti-Gay Post Is Unearthed

Published: Friday 22nd Mar 2019 by David

Rising actress Seyi Omooba has been fired from a UK revival of ‘The Color Purple’ musical after homophobic remarks she made were uncovered.

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The comments above were published in 2014 and were unearthed by a critic which prompted the producers of the ‘Purple’ to snatch back her lead role as Celie.

In a statement, The Curve & Birmingham Hippodrome (who are jointed presenting the play) confirmed her axing saying:

“On Friday 15 March a social media post dating from 2014, which was written by the The Color Purple cast member Seyi Omooba, was re-posted on Twitter. The comments made by Seyi in that post have caused significant and widely expressed concerns both on social media and in the wider press.

Following careful reflection it has been decided that Seyi will no longer be involved with the production. This decision was supported by the Authors and Theatrical Rights Worldwide.”

The clear irony lay in the fact that Omooba’s comments sit at total odds with the character she’d be playing (who is bisexual); as well as the field she’s in (which has a pronounced LGBTQ presence).

And while one may wonder whether it’s fair to hold her accountable for comments made five years ago, a recent co-star of hers in another production (‘Little Shop Of Horrors’) alleges that she made her anti-Gay stance clear there too:

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  1. biancacook March 22, 2019

    she didn’t say anything derogatory just an opposing position based on her beliefs. she also mentioned multiple sins and expressed that god is forgiving, but u have to repent. imo she was actually calling out christianity for not standing on its beliefs because of modern day times. soooo my question is, having opposing thoughts is now is now attatched to phobias? thats like saying cuz im pro black im anti white. this is the part i hate. ppl can’t have their own minds today. yes priests assault young men and most christians are hypocrites but that doesn’t mean ppl give up their religions. i personally dont believe in religion but i do respect those that do. all of this stuff is just going tooo far. ppl losing jobs because the have different views.

    • Paulo March 22, 2019

      Blablabla. If she is entitled to disagree then she better not hop on lgbtq characters and creations to earn her koins period

      • biancacook March 23, 2019

        that i do agree with

    • Jasmine March 22, 2019

      People like to hate on BEYONCE, but there are many things celebrities can learn from her. For starters, get your ass off twitter! Post some photos on insta (once in a while) but keep your mouth f.ucking closed on twitter if you want to be a celeb these days.

      Anybody losing checks because of some sh|t u wrote on twitter is STUPID!

    • Abel March 23, 2019

      Blacks in the bible are slaves and have no soul. Period.

  2. Bey and Rih lives March 22, 2019

    That’s old as hell let it go.

  3. Brent Christopher March 22, 2019

    F*CK her ignorant, unattractive @ss!!

  4. eric March 22, 2019

    Nothing she said was mean-spirited. She is entitled to her religious beliefs and should not be punished for it. If more Christians spoke out like her, no industry would be able to survive operating on the logic used by fans and the producers of this show.

    • Jasmine March 22, 2019

      I disagree. I think she is definitely saying being gay is wrong and being gay is a choice! I find it hard to believe that gay people were not born gay because nobody wants to not be ‘normal’ by society. If a man can’t get it up for women but can get it up for other men that means he was born that way. If a man can get it up for both then he is bi. Why do people like her even care what other people do in the privacy of their bedrooms? It really is none of her concern so good that she got fired because in my opinion she was attacking gays with her tweet and I’m sure some of the producers of that acting gig she got are gay.

      • Jj March 22, 2019

        She is CHRISTIAN. She believes in the BIBLE. She posted what the BIBLE SAYS. Thats not her words, thats God’s words. She has a right to her RELIGION.

      • Jasmine March 22, 2019

        I am a Christian too and I totally understand where she is coming from but I am a more progressive Christian. Please do not lie though. Those are her words not God’s words. There is a strong difference between citing verses copying / pasting passages. She cites old testament bible verses but she is not quoting God or the passages themselves. The whole paragraph was written by her and those are her words (unless someone hacked her twitter account). NOBODY said she does not have a right to her version of Christianity but who is she to judge others? Let he without sin cast the first stone.

        I just noticed that she typed this post in 2014 and somebody decided to dig through her old posts and expose her on this. Everyone has the RIGHT to change their minds and opinions. I would not be surprised if her opinions have 360’d. I notice she posted a lot of supportive LGBQ posts on her twitter recently.

  5. MUSICHEAD March 22, 2019

    There was nothing hateful or derogatory about what she said and she is entitled to her opinion and beliefs. BUT it is offensive to portray a LGBTQ character while denouncing their storyline and some of its audience, musicians, designers, cast and crew members.

    Her choice to portray such a character while holding strong to her beliefs makes her the biggest hypocrite.

    • Jasmine March 22, 2019

      Hollyweird is gay. If you want to work in Hollyweird as an actress then you should keep your personal thoughts to yourself. Actresses and models are not paid to have a brain! Even news reporters are not paid to have a brain. They should stick to reading the script or teleprompter.

  6. Abel March 23, 2019

    Black people in the bible has no soul and are born to be slaves. Period.
    Why some people use bible as a way to spill their hate when they are also condenmed by it’s words?

  7. SNF March 23, 2019

    Have your beliefs but stay in your lane. Its no different from whites appropriating black culture… You wanna make money off it but condemn in your personal time. Just play in something else sis…

  8. MissGuided March 23, 2019

    The LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ are complete and total SAVAGES! Firstly, she tweeted this five years ago. Can peoples ideals and views not change over time? Secondly, she said NOTHING hurtful or derogatory. She is a Christian, and we all know what the Bible says about homosexuality. It’s NOT accepted in the Christian religion, no matter how you try to twist it. Lastly, she did not deserve to lose her job over this. Did she even have a chance to explain herself or apologize? The world we are living in has become too sensitive and CANCEL-happy.

    • ShadeKing83 March 23, 2019

      This may be an old tweet, but her gig with “Little Shop of Horrors” was recent. She has cast & crew members talking about the way she is. If my existence & being freely me offends you to the point that you have to let everybody know that you don’t agree with who I am, b**** stay ‘way from ’round me. Why is she even into musical theater? There are gays everywhere on & off stage at every turn here in the states & over yonder where she at. She need to come to America & tour the chitlin’ circuit doing gospel stage plays. Hell, she still gon run into the church gays. Just find another career chile’.

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  10. The ‘Staunch April 30, 2019

    I still wonder what they mean exactly, but i guess it’s still ok somehow

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