Kirk Franklin Refuses to Turn The Other Cheek as he Boycotts TBN and Dove Awards for Cutting His Prayers for Black Victims!
The celebrated gospel artist is no stranger to Trinity Broadcasting Network’s broadcast character of editing his Dove Awards acceptance speech.
Multiple Award-winning gospel musician Kirk Franklin expresses frustration at the Gospel Music Association (GMA) and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) by announcing his decision to boycott the Christian music Dove Awards after his acceptance speech on police violence against Black Americans were cut from the award show’s broadcast for the second time.
In an Instagram video published on Monday, he explained that after winning a Dove Award – which is considered the Grammys of the Christian music industry, and often broadcasted on TBN, known as the world’s largest Christian television network in 2016, his opinions concerning the shooting of both police officers and black men, in general, were cut out from the acceptance speech broadcasted.
“When we don’t say something, we’re saying something,” Franklin said during the speech, after which he received a standing ovation and led the assembly in prayer.
Franklin said he won’t be participating in any events affiliated with the Dove Awards, GMA or TBN “until tangible plans are put into place to protect and champion diversity.”
Although Kirk Franklin claims his boycott was a “personal decision” it hasn’t stopped other black gospel artists from standing with him in solidarity and support for the move.
Black musicians like Lecrae, also a Grammy and Dove Award-winning rapper, has registered his support as he criticized white Christians for their lack of support for black lives. In his post on Franklin’s Instagram, he said “I only came cause you came. You know I’m out.”
Next to join the movement is Jonathan McReynolds, another award-winning gospel artist also wrote, “You know the rules of church: we don’t let nobody shout by themselves. #Present.”
Other names are Marvin Sapp, Travis Malloy, PJ Morton, and Jonathan Nelson. All agreeing to join the movement in support of Kirk Franklin.
At this year 2019 Dove Awards which Franklin won, he addressed the killing of Atatiana Jefferson, a Black woman who was shot in her own home by a Texas police officer earlier this month. With her 8-year-old nephew present. That part of his acceptance speech was again edited out when the award show aired on Oct. 20 on TBN and this was the final straw that broke the back of his silence.
“Not only did they edit my speech, they edited the African American experience,” he said.
Franklin stressed that his ultimate goal is reconciliation, but also accountability.
The president of GMA Jackie Patillo has issued a statement in response, stating that “we had to significantly edit the Dove telecast to 2 hours” and that “many were disappointed because there were so many memorable moments and noteworthy portions of acceptance speeches absent.”
Patillo also apologized, saying the GMA “would like to publicly acknowledge that we are deeply apologetic for the missteps that happened relating to the editing of Kirk Franklin’s Dove Awards acceptance speech.”
She added: “We accept the responsibility of our error. Although completely unintentional, we understand it caused great harm and deeply wounded many in the African American and Gospel community.”
Patillo said TBN has made an unedited version of the ceremony available through Video On Demand and that GMA plans to announce new “initiatives” developed after meeting with Franklin and his team.
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