The singer Prince was asked about religion, politics, abortion and Proposition 8 in a profile in the New Yorker.

Here’s his response: “You’ve got the Republicans, and basically they want to live according to [the Bible]. But there’s the problem of interpretation, and you’ve got some churches, some people, basically doing things and saying it comes from here, but it doesn’t. And then on the opposite end of the spectrum you’ve got blue, you’ve got the Democrats, and they’re, like, ‘You can do whatever you want.’ Gay marriage, whatever. But neither of them is right.”

Asked about his perspective on social issues–gay marriage, abortion–Prince tapped his Bible and said, “God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough.’ “

Hold on. The miniature singer who used to perform in bikini briefs, leg warmers and platform boots said what?

This is the effeminate musician who played the androgyny card big time with his wild, sexy costumes and provocative lyrics to create album-selling controversy?

The guy whose music was so darn dirty that it inspired Tipper Gore  to slap parental advisory stickers on music deemed not suitable for minors?

He’s now against gays having equal rights?

Wow. Talk about alienating your base.

According to Perez Hilton, the New Yorker piece is dead wrong. He quotes a source close to Prince as saying that the New Yorker piece is “grossly misquoted” and completely incorrect. Something about the reporter not using a tape recorder? Read Prince’s defense here.

But the New Yorker stands by its story.

Prince’s anti-gay statement is already reverberating around Los Angeles’ gay community. At Train, a popular West Hollywood gym, openly gay spin instructor Tevia Celli told her packed Sunday morning class that she had removed all Prince songs from her playlists.

What do you think? Is Prince, now a converted Jehovah’s Witness, totally off base?  Will you continue to buy and listen to his music? Or do you agree with him?

Photo credit: Peter Kramer / Getty Images

Keep reading to see the provocative lyrics from Prince’s song “Controversy.” Hmmmm.

I just can’t believe
All the things people say
Am I black or white?
Am I straight or gay?

People call me rude
I wish we were all nude
I wish there was no black and white
I wish there were no rules.

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead