As you may already know, Frank Ocean of Odd Future recently came out to the public right before his album “Channel Orange” was released. The Guardian magazine got to catch up with him a few days ago and talk about that experience, here’s what Ocean had to say.
“A lot of people have said that since that news came out. I suppose a percentage of that act was because of altruism; because I was thinking of how I wished at 13 or 14 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way. But there’s another side of it that’s just about my own sanity and my ability to feel like I’m living a life where I’m not just successful on paper, but sure that I’m happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin’ boulder on my chest.
I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions. I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when. It was important for me to know that when I go out on the road and I do these things, that I’m looking at people who are applauding because of an appreciation for me. I don’t have many secrets, so if you know that, and you’re still applauding … it may be some sort of sick validation but it was important to me. When I heard people talking about certain, you know, ‘pronouns’ in the writing of the record, I just wanted to – like I said on the post – offer some clarity; clarify, before the fire got too wild and the conversation became too unfocused and murky.
When you write a song like Forrest Gump, the subject can’t be androgynous. It requires an unnecessary amount of effort. I don’t fear anybody. So, to answer your question, yes, I could have easily changed the words. But for what? I just feel like it’s just another time now. I have no interest in contributing to that, especially with my art. It’s the one thing that I know will outlive me and outlive my feelings. It will outlive my depressive seasons.”
As many of you may know, Frank Ocean recently came out to the public as being openly gay and has been the most talked about musician in the industry this week. Lots of celebrities have also written and shown support for his decision. Beyonce being one of the biggest superstars to say something put out a poem on her Tumblr which can be seen above. It’s nice to see people showing support and at the end of the day when it comes down to it it’s all about the great music that he will continue making.
Days after Anderson Cooper announced that he is gay, Odd Future R&B singer Frank Ocean comes out and says that he too is gay after confessing to a relationship with a man. This is a very difficult thing to do especially in the industry that he is in, but in the end that all doesn’t matter because it’s all about the music and his music is great.
“4 summers ago, I met somebody,” he wrote. “I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together.
“By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life.”
I think just about everyone saw that coming. Anderson Cooper of CNN and his famed show “AC: 360″ has admitted to his colleagues and the world that he is in fact gay. Cooper, now 45, stated that he decided to come out now because “As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.” Cooper has be key in reporting on some of the hottest, and most newsworthy topics in the last 5-10 years with his work at CNN, and is well respected in both the news community and celebrity spotlight. He’ll probably get a ton more supporters now.