It’s like déjà vu all over again. Last year, during the Season 6 premiere of BET’s Sunday Best, judges Kim Burrell, 41, and Donnie McClurkin, 54, were accused of being akin to “evil twins.”
This year, the complaints are still pouring in, with one difference: a now infamously epic verbal smack-down of Burrell was delivered by an emotional contestant.
“Can I say something? Kim Burrell, I wanna let y’all know this. I think it is very rude and disrespectful for y’all to be up here laughing like that,” said a hopeful named Dennis Christopher Brigham in Atlanta.
He snapped in response to the giggles and side conversation the two award-winning judges engaged in while the newest judge, Kierra Sheard, was critiquing his performance.
So distracting were the muffled chuckles and whispers that, in the middle of her commentary, Sheard stopped to tell Brigham, “Don’t worry about them, okay? Don’t worry about them for right now. Listen to what I’m saying.”
Yolanda Adams echoed Sheard’s sentiments by simply saying, “Please.”
But Brigham found it hard to ignore what he viewed as overt rudeness.
“I used my rent money and everything [to get here]. And for y’all to be sitting up here disrespectful like that and laughing, that is so wrong,” he lashed out.
A snappy Burrell replied, “Okay, if I told the truth, I made my decision while you were singing and the laughter was not toward you, okay? You had the attention of the person that was talking to you, that’s where your attention should have been.”
Then, when the industry’s most respected Gospel-Jazz vocalist tried interjecting something else, Brigham shut her down with this: “Kim Burrell, I been stopped liking you since last year when you told me no and you wasn’t even listening to me.”
Sheard’s jaw dropped and the silence was deafening. The stunned reaction was both seen and felt.
The first part of Brigham’s sentence, “Kim Burrell, I been stopped liking you…” has been re-tweeted and repeated numerous times since it was unleashed.
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine Entertainment News