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Prince: God Said “Enough”

Jim Burroway

November 17th, 2008

Prince used to be the Prince of hedonism. In fact, it was his song “Darling Nikki” which led to CD’s bearing the warning label “Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics”.

But all that changed when he became a Jehovah’s Witness. And that’s not all. The man who used to perform in bikini underwear and high heals ain’t down with the gays:

So here’s how it is: you’ve got the Republicans, and basically they want to live according to this.” He pointed to a Bible. “But there’s the problem of interpretation, and you’ve got some churches, some people, basically doing things and saying it comes from here, but it doesn’t. And then on the opposite end of the spectrum you’ve got blue, you’ve got the Democrats, and they’re, like, ‘You can do whatever you want.’ Gay marriage, whatever. But neither of them is right.”

When asked about his perspective on social issues—gay marriage, abortion—Prince tapped his Bible and said, “God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough.’ “



David C.
November 17th, 2008 | LINK

Actually, God Incarnate, The Son Of Man, usually referred to as Jesus, said, and I quote:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’

—Matthew 22:34-40

November 17th, 2008 | LINK

Prince Rogers Nelson aka Prince aka “The Symbol” is really off his “rocker” this time.

I give him as much credibility on the topic of religion as I would to my pet Akita!

Those were the days. Growing up listening to “Let’s go crazy” and “When Dove Cry” and “1999” etc.

Oh well, time to clean out my CD collection and add some new “out” LGBT artists and those that support equality.

November 17th, 2008 | LINK

Funny for him to be lecturing about proper sexual behavior. I remember as a kid being so disgusted with some of the over the top sexual things that he did on stage that I couldn’t bear to even listen to his music on his radio. Prince came on, channel got changed. I guess I am still doing the same thing when it comes to Prince.

November 17th, 2008 | LINK

Finally. Congratulations, Prince!

(I’ve been saying he was ex-gay for years…)

cognitive dissident
November 17th, 2008 | LINK

Prince, you can take your Bible and stick it “wherever.”

a. mcewen
November 17th, 2008 | LINK

Prince is now saying that the writer misquoted him –

Jim Burroway
November 17th, 2008 | LINK

Well, an unnamed spokesperson told a gossip columnist that Prince was misquoted. If he’s really that angry, I’d expect to see Prince clear the air and clarify things himself.

David C.
November 17th, 2008 | LINK

Yeah, maybe he can tell us what part of “love your neighbour as yourself” he didn’t understand.

Willie Hewes
November 18th, 2008 | LINK

He’s a WITNESS?!

Crap. I thought there was something odd going on, but that’s the first time I heard that.

How sad. Jehova’s Witnesses are ruthless when it comes to sex, pleasure or freedom. They’re cult-like in some ways, I think much like the Mormons. I love his older music, now I just feel sad for him.

Alex H
November 18th, 2008 | LINK

This coming from a guy who wrote the song “I’ll Jack U Off.”

Why oh why do these artists, who are so risque, turn religious fanatic? Isn’t that what ended Donna Summer’s career?

Oh well…I wouldn’t throw Prince out of bed, but I guess this means he won’t be spending the night?

November 18th, 2008 | LINK

Prince WHO?

Rob Lll
November 18th, 2008 | LINK

Honestly, it doesn’t change much for me. Always loved Prince’s music, always will. But for all his talent, the man is an utter loon.

This isn’t just my subjective impression — my brother is a musician and knows a few people who have worked under the Purple One. From every single account he’s heard, the guy lives in an entirely separate universe which only occasionally intersects with our own.

So I’ll continue to listen to his music, but won’t be giving him any money for downloads or concert tickets until he recants. I might not have to wait too long — after all, this is the guy who changed his name to a symbol and back again. Maybe this Friday he’ll wake up and be a Buddhist!

November 18th, 2008 | LINK

I didn’t know he was a witness either. Ironically, his first post-conversion album was titled, “The Rainbow Children.”.

November 18th, 2008 | LINK

Actually, I think that Prince will follow Madonna and convert to Kabbalistic Judaism.

TJ McFisty
November 18th, 2008 | LINK

Well, what does Huey Lewis think?

Jason D
November 18th, 2008 | LINK

that the heart of rock ‘n roll is a beatin?

November 18th, 2008 | LINK

LOL, Fisty.

I agree with Rob, I will always love early Prince, music made when he was completely escaping the oppressive JW vibe he was raised with. He hasn’t recorded one significant thing since his conversion, so no worries about giving him any of my cash. If he doesn’t fully recant, I hope word about this spreads before his next “comeback” tour, in which he digs into the trunk for those raunchy classics to make bucks off the secular public. I guess in that case money trumps his faith…like all anti-gays.

November 18th, 2008 | LINK

There are numerous stories about Prince being a little…off. For just one example here’s part one of four of filmmaker Kevin smith talking about his experience working with Prince:

As Smith quotes Prince’s assistant in the video: “Prince has been living in Prince world for some time now.”

Emily K
November 18th, 2008 | LINK

How is he ex-gay? I thought he was (at most) bisexual.

November 18th, 2008 | LINK


November 19th, 2008 | LINK

People still buy Prince’s music?


November 19th, 2008 | LINK

Great quote last night on CBC’s “The Hour”:

“Perhaps someone should tell Prince that a purple shirt clashes with a red neck.”

November 23rd, 2008 | LINK

In even more strange news, check this out:

Report: Pop star Michael Jackson converts to Islam

Well, now I think I’ve actually lived to see everything!

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