I Am Delivert!
I Am Delivert is a viral video of Andrew Chad Caldwell proclaiming his deliverance from homosexuality at an annual C.O.G.I.C. convocation in St. Louis. In the video, Caldwell is dressed in a paisley suit, purple shirt and mustard bow tie as he announces into the microphone, "I’m not gay no more! I am delivered! I don’t like mens no more! I said I like women! Women, women, women! I said women! I’m not gay! I will not date a man! I will not carry a purse! I will not put on makeup! I will love a woman."
|I Am Delivert!|
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|Starring||Andrew C. Caldwell|
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The video was originally uploaded to YouTube in November 2014. Later, Caldwell would cite the backlash from the video for battery. His Internet fame spawned interviews with media outlets, including ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. His videos has garnered millions of views.
Background[edit | edit source]
On BET's "I Went Viral", Caldwell explained:
The morning I woke up, God told me to go to the store. I went and got me a bow tie, jacket and all that. I just felt peace that day. Later that night, I was sitting in a chair. I was like, "it's time for prayer." I went up there for prayer, I got the mic. He said, "What did you want God to do?" I said, "I'm not gay no more! I am "delivert!" I don't like mens no more.
In an interview with NBC, he stated, “I went up there because I needed prayer that day. I needed so much prayer.” Caldwell said that he felt tremendous pressure after hearing Pastor Earl Carter speak about the evils of homosexuality.
Carter said in his sermon that gay men are “sissies” who God abhors. The pastor compared acknowledging and living with one’s same-sex attractions to “going over (a) cliff” and warned that gay men “bleed from their butts.”
“I don’t hate gays,” Carter claimed. “I’m just like the doctor who hates disease, I fight the disease. My gospel is like chemotherapy. We try to get to the disease.”
Reception[edit | edit source]
While visiting Florissant, Missouri, Caldwell was the alleged victim of an unprovoked attacked in the parking lot of a strip mall. He posted the photos to his Facebook account. According to Caldwell, two unidentified men walked up to him and punched him in the face. After the assault, the men fled in a black automobile while taunting him with anti-gay slurs. As the men drove away they shouted, “I’m not gay no more!” Caldwell then made a declaration that he will resort to any means to protect himself from here on out when he posted the following message:
“Ever since I talked about my deliverance from the sin of homosexuality, I have been receiving threatening messages by email and social media. I fear for my life. I have been physically and verbally attacked. I feel that I will have to do whatever it takes to protect myself.”
Many people believe that Caldwell was joking or the clip was a comedy skit; but he assured Channel 12 that he was deadly in earnest. And when asked if he had any regrets, Caldwell answered, "I do hold regrets because my life has been in danger." Caldwell claims he was attacked and called homosexual slurs, "That video caused a lot to me...mentally and physically," said Caldwell. Caldwell is an infamous target for cyber bullying.
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