Stevie Wonder was one of many high-profile performers at gospel legend Andraé Crouch’s funeral in Los Angeles on Jan 21. But some funeral attendees were surprised when Wonder made political statements at the event instead of focusing on the Grammy-winning singer’s life and accomplishments.
“Stevie Wonder took the opportunity to say that Obama’s goal of inclusiveness was largely thwarted because of hatred towards him because of his skin color,” a source told FOX411. “And that he supports freedom of speech, but we should make laws against people criticizing religion.”
Wonder’s remarks from the event can be heard in the video below around the 1:20 mark. There, Wonder, 64, says: “We live in a time where I believe we have a president that truly wanted to see the world come together, to see this nation come together, but yet too much, too many people are judging their dislike of him based on the color of his skin. And I know there are some who say, ‘No that’s not true,’ but I’m telling you what I see.”
“Yes, I truly believe in freedom of speech, I really really do believe in that,” he added. “But I think if we don’t put some limits to us being able to give praise to that one that we hold sacred, we got a problem.”
A source at the funeral told FOX411: “Andraé was not about color or politics. He was about his faith and reached out to everyone. In a time where racial tension has escalated, the inclusive spirit and heart of Andraé was a healing balm.”
A rep for Stevie Wonder was not made immediately available to FOX411 for comment.
Crouch died Jan. 8 at after suffering a heart attack. He was 72.
SOURCE: Fox 411