"All Gospel singers are not Gay as I don’t have a sissy bone in my body." That's singer, songwriter and minister Deitrick Haddon on Twitter, becoming one of the first major names in black gospel music to speak out against fellow gospel singer Tonex's confirmation of his long-rumored sexuality.
Blogger and activist Darian Aaron reports the Detroit-based Haddon delivered the rant during an online discussion "responding to repeated taunting and accusations from some of his Twitter followers regarding the large amount of closeted gay men within the gospel music industry. The controversial tweet posted September 15 has mysteriously disappeared from Haddon's timeline but it was obviously present long enough for EJ of gospelpundit.com to pen a piece asking those within the industry to 'take a moment to examine our hearts and live life more carefully.'"
Darian spoke with Tonex regarding anti-gay slur. Says Tonex: "I'm a little disappointed with the response. I can't get mad at anyone's conviction. As a theologian myself I wish we would use the WORD in a way that wasn't violent or abusive. I think the term "sissy" wasn't necessary but as a brother of mine (Deitrick) no love is lost here", he added.
WWJD? He probably wouldn't use the word "sissy". But thanks for confirming your heterosexuality, Deitrick. You keep telling yourself that when you offer women Twitter tips on how to keep a good man.