Kirk Franklin plans to boycott Dove Awards, TBN Over Acceptance Censored Speech
Award-winning Multi-Platinum selling artist Kirk Franklin has taken to social media to share his annoyance over the refusal of Dove Awards and Trinity Broadcasting Network to fully disclose the complete details of the acceptance speech he gave at this year’s 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards, held October 15 in Nashville.
The music minister who was awarded the Gospel Artist of The Year at the ceremony, made his sentiment known via a Instagram video he posted on Monday.
According to him, TBN edited out the portion of his speech in which he discussed police brutality against the black community.
“During my speech, I brought the attention to the death of Atatiana Jefferson in her home by a white police officer,” Kirk said in his Instagram video. “I implored everyone in the gathering and those viewing to join us in prayers for not only Atatiana’s family, but also the family of the police officer. Last week, during the broadcast of the awards that part of my speech was edited out.”
Kirk Franklin also made mention of similar incident in 2016 when he won best gospel artist at the Dove Awards.
“For so long, the terms Christian and gospel for many are code words for white and black, which history may teach us was a setup for the unfortunate place we find ourselves in today,” said Franklin.
The 49-year-old gospel minister had dedicated part of his speech to mention the “civil unrest” at the particular time.
Feeling a responsibility to speak up “as a Christian and men of colour,” Franklin spoke about the “killings of Philando Castille and Walter Scott” by white police officers. He also addressed the killings of five police officers by an African-American.
After a standing ovation, everyone prayed for the families of the victims.
“We all felt that moment that there was a shift in the climate of our separate worlds,” Franklin said. But when the speech was broadcasted on TBN, that part of his speech was cut out.”
After meeting with the Dove Awards committee and TBN representatives, Kirk said he has decided “not to attend any events affiliated with or for the Dove Awards, Gospel Music Association, or TBN until concrete plans are put in place to protect and champion diversity.