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Gospel music icon Kirk Franklin has come under scrutiny after his 33-year-old son released a recording of a heated exchange between the two in which Franklin went on an expletive-filled rant. The Grammy-winning artist has since issued a public apology. What are your thoughts?

Kennedy Mynd, Washington, D.C.
People who are OK with the way Kirk spoke to his son [were] beat with extension cords. We have to break this generational curse that condones this type of abuse. Just because he is the parent does not make it OK. You give the respect that you want to receive. We’re not canceling Kirk, but he has to take responsibility for his actions.

Valencia Bell, Washington, D.C.
He was dealing with a grown, disrespectful, deceitful son who knew exactly what he was doing. Mr. Franklin is human. Just because you are a Christian doesn’t mean you are perfect and it certainly doesn’t mean you are immune to mistakes. We all have had our moments. Stop judging this man for the way he reacted. We have no right to judge anyone, and before you do, look in the mirror first and evaluate yourself.

Juateen Allen, Washington, D.C.
Kirk didn’t lose his temper, he’s just sick of his son’s B.S. and let it be known. He’ll need his dad before his dad needs him. It’s called respect for thy parents.

Kymberly Williams, West Memphis, Ark.
I think Kirk is human. There [is] a range of emotions we experience as parents. He seemed angry. What drove him to that point? His son didn’t offer up what he did to provoke such a response. Then to leak it … the son needs to grow up.

Melissa Upshaw, Lima, Ohio
He is human and people have no idea what has gone on prior to that call. … Obviously, there are some deep family wounds. Right or wrong, he lost his cool. It happens to the best of us.

Compiled by Sarafina Wright

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