Kirk Franklin Announces Boycott of Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards After His Speech Was Edited
Kirk Franklin has decided to boycott the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards after his speech was edited before being aired. Taking to social media Monday, Franklin announced that he would not attend any other events by or associated with the Dove Awards, GMA, or TBN.
Earlier this month, Franklin won the Gospel Artist of the Year award at the GMA’s Dove Awards. Franklin took the time to address the recent police shooting of a young girl. The Gospel singer went on to state, “A young girl by the name of Atatiana Jefferson was shot and killed in her home by a policeman, and I am just asking that we send up prayers for her family and for his, and asking that we send up prayers for that 8-year-old little boy that saw that tragedy.”
Unfortunately, Franklin’s speech on the shooting was cut as the show, which aired about a week later, was significantly edited to fit a two-hour window, according to GMA. In regards to the situation, Franklin says, “Not only did they edit my speech, they edited the African American experience.”
Following Franklin’s announcement, GMA has come forward to issue an apologetic statement noting that they had no intent to silence any artists. Back in 2016 was the first time GMA edited Franklin’s speech as he addressed police brutality and racial injustice, which was also edited before premiering on TBN.
Revealing that they have reached out to Franklin in hopes of finding a solution to move forward, the association stated, “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.”
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