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The Color Purple actress fired over anti-gay post

PICTURED: Oluwaseyi Omooba (Image: Oluwaseyi Omooba/Twitter)

AN ACTRESS cast in a gay role in a theatre production of The Color Purple has been fired after anti-gay comments she made five years ago resurfaced.

Oluwaseyi Omooba, who had been set to play the role of Celie, the lead role in the production.

The producers of the Curve Theatre stage production made the decision to replace Omooba after a fellow stage actor brought the comments to light.

Aaron Lee Lambert, who is currently appearing in the London production of Hamilton, shared a screenshot of Omooba’s Facebook comments in which she said she did not believe people could be born gay.

In the post, which Omooba wrote months after the first same-sex marriages in the UK place, she said: “Some Christians have completely misconceived the issue of homosexuality, they have begun to twist the word of God.

“I do not believe you can be born gay, I do not believe homosexuality is right, though the law of this land has made it legal, doesn’t mean it’s right.”

She added: “I do believe that everyone sins and falls into temptation but its by the asking of forgiveness, repentance and the grace of God that we overcome and live how God ordained us too.”

Lambert said that Omooba owed her LGBTQ peers an explanation.

In a statement, the Curve theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome said: “Following careful reflection, it has been decided that Seyi will no longer be involved with the production.

“The audition process, as ever, was conducted professionally and rigorously, led by an exceptional casting director with actors who are evaluated on what they present in the audition room. We do not operate a social media screening process in the casting of actors.”

Omooba has not publicly commented on the

The debate over the decision to fire Omooba is ongoing.

“Unpopular opinion: The Color Purple shouldn’t have dropped Seyi Omooba for openly being a Christian,” one supporter wrote on Twitter.

Another said: “If she is the best actor for the role, she is the best actor for the role. I sincerely hope that the experience challenges her prejudices and helps overcome her homophobic preconceptions.”

But others argued against allowing Omooba to stay in the role in a bid that it could be instrumental in changing her views.

“Sorry but I don't really understand how Seyi Omooba being paid a weekly actor rate to perform a character whose very being she seemingly is opposed to is being suggested as a rehabilitation method for homophobes? Being paid in hopes that she 'changes her mind'? That is wild,” one commenter said.

“To everyone saying Seyi Omooba is entitled to her belief: No. I’m going to call BS for a second here. Her antiquated views are wrong, not my sexuality. She doesn’t get to “believe” in me. I’m not Santa. I exist, I’m gay, and I feel and am more right than ever,” another wrote on Twitter.

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