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Stevie Wonder Clarifies Frank Ocean Comments

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Sep 6, 2012

After making controversial comments about R&B singer Frank Ocean's love affair with a man, Stevie Wonder is now backpedaling and attempted to explain his remarks in a statement, the U.K. newspaper the Guardian reported.

Ocean, 24, made media headlines in July when he wrote on his Tumblr that his first love was a man. The reveal rocked the R&B and the sometimes anti-gay rap community as many of the young singer's peers commended him for having the courage to make the announcement.

But Wonder, 62, an R&B legend, had some interesting comments about Ocean and his same-sex love affair when he spoke with the Guardian last week.

"I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused," he told the publication. "People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond. I'm not saying all [gay people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that's them."

Over the weekend, however, the singer issued a statement to the Advocate and apologized for his remarks.

"I'm sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood," he said. "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. What I'm not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period."

The Guardian points out that Ocean has yet to respond to Wonder's apology but did retweet the producer Michael Uzowuru: "In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher - dalai lama."

When the buzz surrounding Ocean was high, a number of rappers and musicians commended the 24-year-old singer for talking about his sexuality, the Associated Press reported.

"When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that," Snoop Dogg said of Ocean's revelation to the Associated Press. "There would be so much scrutiny and hate and negativity, and no one would step (forward) to support you because that's what we were brainwashed and trained to know."

"You would have had 50 rappers jump on a song, diss the gay people because it's cool," said D.M.C.

Soon after his announcement, Ocean made his television debut on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and instead of performing his single, he decided to sing "Bad Religion" -- a song that alludes to a past gay relationship where Ocean was left heartbroken, EDGE reported.

Ironically, Ocean has been compared to Wonder on his latest critically acclaimed album, "channel ORANGE," especially on the standout track, "Super Rich Kids," which can be heard below.


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