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A pastor has apologized after a video of him calling his congregation “poor, broke, busted and disgusted” for not buying him a luxury Movado watch caused outrage on social media.
Pastor Carlton Funderburke apologized via video on Facebook on Tuesday after a TikTok video posted by The Kansas City Defender showed Funderburke complaining to his congregation.
Though there is context behind the clip’s content, no context can explain the pain and anguish caused by my words “He apologized in his apology. “I’ve spoken with those to whom I am accountable and have received their feedback and instruction. I’ve also privately apologized to our church, which has shown me love and support.”
TODAY reached out to the church for comment but did not receive a response.
Funderburke expresses his displeasure with the congregation at Church at the Well in the viral TikTok video.
“You see that’s how I know you’re still poor, broke, busted and disgusted, because of how you been honoring me,” he told them. “I’m not worth your McDonald’s money? I’m not worth your Red Lobster money? I ain’t worth your St. John Knit — y’all can’t afford nohow. I ain’t worth y’all Louis Vuitton? I ain’t worth your Prada? I’m not worth your Gucci?”
Funderburke later tells the congregation the wholesale store Sam’s Club sells luxury Movado watches, according to the video.
“And y’all know I asked for one last year!” he said. “Here it is all the way in August and I still ain’t got it!. Y’all ain’t said nothing. Let me kick down the door and talk to my cheap sons and daughters.”
“That would’ve been my last day in his church,” one TikTok commenter wrote.
“Preaching about material things!” another person commented.
Funderburke said in his apology that “the video clip does not reflect my heart or my sentiments toward God’s people, yet that’s not discernible in the clip.”
“No context could ever erase the words I used,” he went on. “I sincerely apologize to anyone who has been hurt, angered, or otherwise harmed by my words.”
He then apologized to his church and other pastors for any attention his sermon had brought them.
“To those who have become acquainted with me as a result of this video clip, I regret that your first impression of me is one of anger, hatred, and resentment,” he said. “My actions and words are heinous. I make no excuses or defend myself. That was a mishandled and mismanaged moment. “I deeply regret this situation.”
Funderburke’s apology comes a month after gospel singer Kim Burrell issued multiple apologies for her comments about “broke” and “ugly” people in a church sermon.