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In Coming Out News: Frank Ocean Speaks Out….Finally!!

Filed under : Entertainment, Music

A lot of speculation did rounds when Frank Ocean came out of the closet in a letter he penned on his Tumblr on the 4th July.

Now, if you ask me, it’s only fitting that he did this on Independence Day (US)…I reckon he wanted to be free. Ha!

Seriously though, many believe it’s a publicity stunt, marketing ploy, attempt to grab attention for his recently released album, Channel Orange.

Now I might be naïve, but knowing about the stigma and criticism that still surrounds the topic of homosexuality, I don’t think I would want to put my career in jeopardy by lying about being gay. No sir!

For example, although Ocean’s Channel Orange made way to the number one spot on iTunes after its early release on July 10 and has remained there since, the album won’t be sold at the largest retail chains in the USA, Target.

Target claims that

”the move is a business decision in response to the album’s early release date on iTunes, not because Frank Ocean recently revealed details of his sexuality in a blog post.”….

Yeah, right!!

Despite that, Frank Ocean is undoubtedly talented and relevant…so why exactly would he need to GRAB attention?

The super private musician spoke to The Guardian recently and this is what he had to say when asked why he came out:

“….about my own sanity and my ability to feel like I’m living a life where … I’m happy when I wake up in the morning, and not with this freakin’ boulder on my chest. I wished at 13 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way.”

And about the risks and reservations of coming out, Frank said:

“People are just afraid of things too much … Sure, evil exists, extremism exists. Somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I’m black. They could do the same just because I’m American.”

Check out the The Guardian for more.

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