It's A Sin? Frank Ocean & Prejudice Against Male Bisexuality
, July 4th, 2012 08:11
As Frank Ocean writes a beautiful statement about his first love, Luke Turner argues that the reaction to it suggests a society and culture that still finds it difficult to comprehend male bisexuality
Frank Ocean's statement about his sexuality is, in a music world that increasingly communicates by blaring statements and marketing braggadocio, a beautiful, poetic, and elegant thing. It's a rare thing indeed when one so young and so in the public eye is able to express themselves with such an openness and honesty about the thorny issue of their sexuality. Those simple words, typed into notepad and posted on Tumblr, are surely the stone that will send powerful, important ripples out across the worlds of hip hop and R&B. Hopefully Ocean's Odd Future pal Tyler The Creator might be given pause for thought on some of the disgustingly homophobic lyrics he insists on spitting into the world.
But that isn't what this Black Sky Thinking is about (though there's an interesting debate over on ILX here). What was interesting, and slightly depressing, about the response to Ocean's nuanced, poetic words was how simplistic they were. "Frank Ocean comes out and becomes the first famous gay rapper in history" announced Holy Moly. Twitter is this afternoon full of "Frank Ocean is gay" posts. But did Ocean actually write that? No. He merely said that his first real love with a man, and that that love was a very intense thing compared to what he'd experienced in the past.
It seems to me that this reaction to Ocean's statement is...
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