American Idol finalist La'Porsha Renae says anti-LGBT comments were 'twisted up'
American Idol runner-up La'Porsha Renae has responded to the backlash against her comments about LGBT people.
Renae was speaking to reporters on a conference call when she was asked if she's following the Religious Liberty bill.
The anti-LGBT bill was passed into law in her home state of Mississippi and is the same bill which has resulted in Bryan Adams cancelling his concert in the city.
It allows individuals, businesses, and religious organisations to deny service to LGBT people and anyone else who offends their "sincerely held religious belief".
Renae's response provoked huge backlash.
She said, "they are people just like us...They’re people with feelings. Although all of us may not agree with that particular lifestyle for religious reasons -- whatever the reason is. You still treat each other with respect. Everybody is a human being. We should be able to coexist with one another. I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle. I wasn’t brought up that way, it wasn’t how I was raised."
She added, "But I do have a lot of friends and a lot of people that I love dearly who are gay and homosexual, and they’re such sweet, nice people. We should just respect each other’s differences and opinions and move on."
In the face of criticism, she took to Periscope to apologise.
"I tried to be as open and honest and neutral as possible, but that’s the way interviews go. Sometimes when you do interviews, it gets twisted up,” she said.
“I can understand when I read it back why people were offended, and for that I deeply apologize. I wasn’t trying to offend anyone. I was just trying to honestly answer a question that caught me off guard. It was supposed to be an interview about singing, and it became political and I’m not a political person at all.”
Renae came second in the final series of American Idol last week, behind fellow Mississippi artist Trent Harmon. However, she was also signed to Big Machine Records as well as the winner.