Sherri Shepherd Defends Kanye West’s Jesus-Impersonating Skit: ‘I Loved It’
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:31AM
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Sherri Shepherd, outspoken Christian co-host of ABC’s The View, who thinks God sounds like Barry White, endorsed self-described genius rapper Kanye West’s choice to bring a white Jesus impersonator on stage during his Yeezus tour.

During an Oct. 21 airing of the female-centric gab fest, she explained why West’s profanity-laced portrayal of encountering Jesus face-to-face, greeting the fake Savior with the s-word and f-bomb, was a good thing in her opinion.

 “I have to tell you, for me, I loved it, because, he also said, when Jesus walked out, he said, ‘Where have you been? I’ve been looking for you,’ and the Jesus said to him, ‘Kanye, I’ve been here all along,’” Shepherd explained a play-by-play of the moment with a twinkle in her eye.

“Then he started into his big hit, Jesus Walks, which was a huge hit in 2004. And I love the fact that there are people going to this concert, who would never set foot in a church, but he gave them Jesus Christ and I love the way he gave it to them.”

West, who raised eyebrows and ruffled more than a few feathers by including a single titled “I Am A God” on his Yeezus album, seems obsessed with divinity, wanting to be viewed that way himself.

In a recent interview with BBC1, the G.O.O.D. Music producer and lyricist served noticed on the public with all the haughtiness he could muster, “I just told you who I thought I was. A god! I just told you. That’s who I think I am.”

And gods, apparently, really like to hang out with Jesus impersonators.

When host Barbara Walters asked Shepherd if she found the divine impersonation sacrilegious, she responded, “Some people, I’m sure they do, because he also showed images of the Virgin Mary and the cross, but a lot of people found it sacrilegious when he did a song, Jesus Walks and it was a rap, and they heard some of the lyrics.”

Sherri continued, “I love the fact that Jesus, he hung out with the bill collectors and the prostitutes. I love that,” adding, “I like the way he delivered the message of Jesus Christ.”

Kanye’s paid Jesus actor said on stage, “I didn’t come here to make bad people feel good. I came here to make dead people alive.”

Perhaps Shepherd’s praise of West’s controversial skit is based on sentiments similar to those expressed by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:18. He said, "But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice."

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