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Not Natural

by

Angie & Debbie Winans



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Running to 3 minutes 34 seconds and credited to producers Cedric and Victor Caldwell with Cedric's wife Angie Winans and sister Debra, this down tempo Gospel number ruffled a few feathers. What's not natural? Homosexuality, that's what. The song was inspired by an episode of the American TV series Ellen. According to Debbie Winans in the November 24, 1997 issue of Jet: "It was written that day after [Ellen Degeneres] came out...The Lord inspired the song".

Predictably, the organized homosexual movement kicked up a storm; the grandly titled Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation branded it a song of "Deep Hate" and lobbied the girls' record company. Among other things, and thankfully to no avail.

As usual, the outraged parties protested too much; although it takes a swipe at homosexuality, "Not Natural" is the most natural song in the world for girls like this to record; it is similar in content to Joni Mitchell's "Sex Kills", and is broadly an attack on sex outside marriage, the commercialization of sex, etc, just the sort of thing one would expect from the sisters given their background with the black church. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England)
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