The emergence of an old Facebook message in which she quoted the Bible to express her Christian beliefs led to Seyi Omooba, above, being fired as a & # 39; homophobic & # 39;
As an upcoming actress, Seyi Omooba was overjoyed that she got the lead in a stage version of The Color Purple.
But just a day after she was cast into production, the emergence of an old Facebook post in which she quoted the Bible to express her Christian beliefs led to her being fired as a & # 39; homophobic & # 39 ;.
Now, six months later and with her career in ruins, the 25-year-old is complaining that she is the victim of religious discrimination.
Last night the actress told The Mail on Sunday that she is no longer even invited to auditions.
& # 39; I am deeply sad, & # 39; she said. "If I am unable to return to the podium, I feel it makes no sense. It's the only thing I've ever wanted since I was a young girl. & # 39;
After training at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theater Arts, the London-born actress quickly found parts in the West End and in the National Theater.
In 2017 she stole the show in a gala concert production of the musical version of The Color Purple in the Cadogan Hall in London, with a critic who described her gospel singing as "breathtakingly good".
The sender was Aaron Lee Lambert, who plays the lead role in the West End production of Hamilton. He mainly objected to her views because the character of Celie is seen by some readers as being gay
In March of this year, she auditioned for a production of the musical in Birmingham and Leicester and was overjoyed to have the role of Celie, the central character in Alice Walker's novel played by Whoopi Goldberg in the 1985 film.
But the next day she received a tweet with a screenshot of her Facebook message from September 2014.
In a discussion about homosexuality, she had written: "It is clear in 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11 what the Bible says about this. I don't believe you can become gay and I don't believe homosexuality is good … & # 39;
The sender was Aaron Lee Lambert, who plays the lead role in the West End production of Hamilton.
He mainly objected to her views because the character of Celie is seen by some readers as being gay.
He asked in his tweet: & # 39; Are you still sticking to this post? Or are you happy to remain a hypocrite? Since you have now been announced that you are playing an LGBTQ character, I think you owe a statement to your LGBTQ colleague. Instant. & # 39;
Her agent called the next morning. "I was told not to talk to the media and keep my head down," she recalls.
"I was later encouraged by the theater and my agency to not only withdraw from my position, but also to apologize.
Aaron Lee Lambert's tweet is pictured above. Ms. Omooba is determined to fight for the right to express her religious views. "I want to make sure that no other Christian is going through something like that," she said
"I really wanted the role, but what they wanted me to be was completely against my belief. I didn't want to lie just to keep a job. & # 39;
She was thrown out of the lead and dumped by her agents. Since then she has contacted six agents who once wanted to register her. Only one responded and described her as "talented but out of place" and brainwashed by her faith.
Now she has instructed lawyers to file a breach of contract against the Curve Theater in Leicester and its former agents, Michael Garrett Associates.
The case again triggers controversy as to whether Christians can publicly express or hold positions that they say are based on the Bible.
It follows the milestone that the Court of Appeal pronounced this summer, confirming Felix Ngole's right to express his Christian faith after being forced to leave the university because of his views.
Mrs. Omooba is adamant, she is not homophobic.
She said: "I just quoted what the Bible says about homosexuality, the need for repentance, but ultimately God's love for all of humanity. I stick to what I wrote, but if I had known that it would have happened, I would have put my account in privacy mode. & # 39;
Her father, pastor Ade Omooba, is a co-founder of Christian Concern, an evangelical group that supports the rights of Christians. He received an MBE in the New Year's honors list.
Mrs. Omooba grew up in East London as a regular churchgoer, improving her talent in the choir. She says that many former colleagues have sent supporting texts.
She has instructed lawyers to file a breach of contract against the Curve Theater in Leicester, pictured above, and her former agents, Michael Garrett Associates
"I have support from actors I have worked with, including those in same-sex relationships, who say that although they disagree with my views, they know that I am not hateful or malicious."
Ms. Omooba is determined to fight for the right to express her religious views. "I want to make sure that no other Christian is going through something like that," she said.
Mrs. Omooba is supported by the Christian Legal Center.
The CEO of the company, Andrea Williams, said: "This story gives a chilling message that if you mainstream biblical views, you will be punished and your career will be lost if you do not immediately renounce your beliefs. This cannot be undisputed and we are determined to fight for justice in this case. & # 39;
Michael Garrett Associates declined to comment last night.
The Leicester Curve Theater said it held up with a previous joint statement with the Birmingham Hippodrome, which stated: "Seyi's comments have caused great concern both on social media and in the wider press. After careful consideration, it was decided that Seyi will no longer be involved in production. "
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