President of the GMA Dove Awards, Jackie Patillo has released a statement apologizing to Kirk Franklin for editing out the part of his acceptance speech where he was advocating for racial justice and reconciliation during the broadcast which aired on TBN.
Kirk posted a video Monday morning sharing with his fans that he was boycotting the show and TBN because this is the 2nd time his speech has been edited to remove the part where he speaks out regarding racial reconciliation.
Ms. Patillo and the Gospel Music Association responded Monday afternoon in a letter that included Franklin’s full speech.
“Due to our broadcast window, we had to significantly edit the Dove telecast to 2 hours, which aired Sunday, October 20th. In light of this, we understand that many were disappointed because there were so many memorable moments and noteworthy portions of acceptance speeches absent. “
“Specifically, we were made aware of troubling concerns regarding the edit of Kirk Franklin’s acceptance speech. At the request of Kirk’s team, we held our response regarding those concerns until we were able to speak with Kirk privately, apologize directly, and discuss resolutions to rectify this unfortunate issue.”
“We would like to publicly acknowledge that we are deeply apologetic for the missteps that happened relating to the editing of Kirk Franklin’s Dove Awards acceptance speech. We accept the responsibility of our error. Although completely unintentional, we understand it caused great harm and deeply wounded many in the African American and Gospel community. As well, it left a general perception that we are not concerned with key social issues that affect people of color. It is not our intent to disregard or silence any of our artists, and we are deeply saddened by this perception and are committed to change this.”
The letter also noted that all artists were given their full acceptance speeches to post on their platforms, and TBN has made the unedited versions of the show available on their platform.
“Members of the GMA board and executives spoke with Kirk and his team this past Friday to discuss solutions that we are currently working to implement moving forward. We will be highlighting those initiatives at a future date. Joining our efforts, TBN has made the unedited version available on their VOD platform. You can watch it here. Additionally, all of our winners have received their full acceptance speeches to post and share on their platforms as desired.”