Fans and fellow celebrities continue to weigh in on the Franklin Family drama. Kirk Franklin had to defend himself this week after his estranged song Kerrion leaked an audio clip of him hurling explicits and insults at the 33 year old. While many are concerned for the family, some feel like Kerrion is getting a pass when he’s simply being spoiled.
Kerrion has been saying for years that his dad was out to get him. When he felt like people didn’t take him serious, he decided to leak a phone conversation showing a different side of his father.
In the video, you can hear Kirk Franklin saying “I’ll put my foot in your a**” and “I will break your neck ni***, don’t you ever disrespect me.”
Kerrion captioned the post saying “This is why I’m done. No father should speak to their children like this. If I have any issues it’s because of this type of treatment that I deal with behind closed doors.”
Kirk released a video apologizing for his language and explaining that he was simply hurt and felt disrespected by his son during the conversation.
“Many of you know I have an older son named Kerrion Franklin. In May, he’ll be 33. For many years, we’ve had a toxic relationship with him as a family,” he said. “We tried for many years through counseling, through therapy, to try and rectify this private family matter.”
Radio personality and family friend Rickey Smiley decided to chime in on the family drama. Rickey took Kirk’s side and felt that the gospel legend shouldn’t have to apologize or cater to someone who simply doesn’t want resolution.
“Cut ’em off parents! Whoever said blood is thicker than water is the biggest lie that’s ever been told,” he said. “It’s people that’s not related to you who will show you more love and respect than your own biological kids or nieces or nephews or cousins or mama or daddy. Family is people who you surround yourself with who give you love and affection. That’s your family. You get to create your family. You don’t get to choose who you’re biologically related to but you get to create who you surround yourself with.”
He continued, ““Stop kissing these kids’ a– just because they’re yours or trying to overcompensate for their lack of — father not being there, mother not there. Love who love you,” he said. “Love yourself enough to not get disrespected by no negro! Whether they’re yours or not, cut ’em off!”
He touched on his own experience as well. “People that you ain’t did nothin’ for love you to death…and then people that you have made personal sacrifices for — stood on stage and did three shows in a comedy club and you done did radio that morning, you got three shows at the Improv to pay tuition, only to be disrespected and called all kinda ‘F’ ‘Ns.’ C’mon!”