Christian actress axed for homophobia drops legal action against Birmingham theatre

Christian actress axed for homophobia drops legal action against Birmingham theatre
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Posted on 9 Jan 2020

A Christian actress who made comments about homosexuality in an old Facebook post - and as a result was sacked from the lead role in a touring stage adaptation of the novel The Color Purple - has dropped the legal action she was taking against Birmingham Hippodrome as a result of having been removed from the production.


Just a day after Seyi Omooba was cast in the play, an old Facebook post in which she quoted the Bible to express her Christian beliefs led to her being axed.

Two Midlands theatres were being sued for religious discrimination by Ms Omooba, the Hippodrome and Leicester Curve, who co-produced the show.


In the Facebook post, Ms Omooba wrote: “Some Christians have completely misconceived the issue of Homosexuality, they have begun to twist the word of God.

“It is clearly evident in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 what the Bible says on this matter. I do not believe you can be born gay, and I do not believe homosexual practice is right.


“Though the law of this land has made it legal, that doesn’t mean it is right.

“I do believe that everyone sins and falls into temptation but it’s by the asking of forgiveness, repentance and the grace of God that we overcome and live how God ordained us to.”


In a joint statement at the time of her sacking, Birmingham Hippodrome and Leicester Curve said: "The comments made by Seyi have caused significant and widely expressed concerns both on social media and in the wider press. Following careful reflection, it has been decided Seyi will no longer be involved with the production."

A statement from Ms Omooba’s legal representatives, Christian Concern and given to The Stage said: “The claim against Birmingham Hippodrome theatre was filed as a precaution because it was not entirely clear which of the two theatres involved in the production was responsible for the decision to dismiss Miss Omooba.


“Since it has transpired that Birmingham Hippodrome only played a minor role in those events, we have been able to negotiate mutually satisfactory terms of settlement with that theatre.”

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