American Idol Winner Trent Harmon Responds to La’Porsha Renae LGBT Comments
Less than a week after winning American Idol 2016, Trent Harmon is being asked to comment on things that have just about nothing to do with his win: TV Guide asked the Mississippi native to weigh in on his home state’s HB 1523 bill, and the comments made by runner-up La’Porsha Renae — comments which many have construed as being anti-gay.
In a classy move, Trent found a way to address the issue without throwing any shade La’Porsha’s way. While many might not agree with her comments, it seems to me La’Porsha was simply expressing her honest opinion and beliefs, while also making it clear that she didn’t believe in excluding anyone on the basis of his or her lifestyle choices, regardless of whether or not those are choices she agrees with personally. Trent nailed his response to the comments by making it less about hailing/condemning lifestyle choices and more about how people should simply love one another. From the TV Guide interview:
TV Guide: La’Porsha the other day said, “I don’t agree with that lifestyle,” referring to LGBT people and the HB 1523 bill in Mississippi. Do you have anything to say to weigh in on that?
Trent Harmon: You know, I was brought up in church. I still go to church. Found a church just around the corner from here and went, and I’m glad I got to go. But I was brought up to treat everyone equally. I come from a restaurant background, and anybody that walks into our restaurant, they can eat there. And I think that you should treat all people equally and respectfully, and that’s what I do, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do no matter what law is passed. That’s where I stand on it. Love all people. Period.
What a wonderful, succinct answer. Trent really showed future reality show contestants how best to handle a tricky question with grace and tact, in my opinion.
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