Celebrities React To Frank Ocean’S Letter On Sexuality
Since Frank Ocean released a letter online revealing that his first love was a man, the cyber world has gone into overload with musical peers and fans expressing their admiration for the singer’s honesty and bravery. Celebrities have spoken out about the revelation, with Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons releasing a blog post called ‘The Courage of Frank Ocean Just Changed the Game…’
He stated: “Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we? I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do."
Beyoncé’s little sis Solange tweeted in support of the Odd Future star, saying: "I salute you, brave soul. Independence Day. @frank_ocean”
Mac Miller also tweeted in support of the ‘Novacane’ singer, writing: “frank ocean is very important for the growth of humanity."
Hip-hip journalist and co-author of Jay-Z’s book Decoded Dream Hampton wrote a long letter to Frank, which he then released online.
The heartfelt words included: “You shared one of the most intimate things that ever happened to you – falling in love with someone who wasn’t brave enough to love you back. Your relieving yourself of your “secret” is as much about wanting to honestly connect as it is about exhibition. We are all made better by your decision to share publicly…You fulfil hip-hop’s early promise to not give a f**k about what others think of you.”
“We admire the great courage and beauty and fearlessness in your coming out, not only as a bisexual black man, but as a broken hearted one. The tender irony that your letter is to a boy who was unable to return your love until years later because he was living a lie is the only truly tragic thing about your letter.”
Words: Maz Khan (@mazhalima)