Stevie Wonder Issues Apology Following Homophobic Remarks
Stevie Wonder has issued a public apology after he made homophobic remarks with regards to musician Frank Ocean’s sexuality.
In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, the legendary singer made controversial remarks aimed towards Ocean when questioned about homophobia in relation to black musicians.
Wonder shockingly suggested to the reporter, that Ocean was not homosexual, merely confused: “I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused. People can misconstrue closeness for love. I’m not saying all gay people are confused. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that’s them.”
Frank Ocean came out to fans on social networking site Tumblr last month, confessing he was homosexual and had been in love with a man. His confession was widely welcomed by fellow black musicians such as Beyonce, who praised Ocean for his courage and truthfulness.
Homosexuality has been somewhat of a taboo in the hip-hop and R&B music community. Ocean has made the first step to breaking down these barriers by speaking out, and has since become somewhat of a role model for young homosexual black people struggling with their sexuality.
Unsurprisingly Wonder’s homophobic comments created a massive backlash. The disappointed regarding the well-respected singer’s claims, caused him to issue the following apology: “I’m sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood. No one has been a greater advocate for the power of love in this world than I, both in my life and in my music.”
Meanwhile Ocean has made no comment in relation to Wonder’s remarks.
Article By Victoria Beckett