By now we’ve all heard that one of the most sought after singer/songwriter of our generation, Frank Ocean, publicly ‘came out the closet’, so to speak, via his Tumblr page. The open letter, which confirms his sexual orientation, dates back to 4 summers ago when he met an interesting 19 year-old male who he fell in love with and changed his life. “I met somebody. I was 19. He was too. Most of the day I’d see him and his smile… Until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him,” says the bisexual musician as he expressed emotions through his words.
Frank’s letter comes at a time where speculation of his sexuality was made way to the Internet by way a source who attended a private listening session of his debut album Channel Orange.
I commend Frank for purging his system of the dark secrets he kept so closely to him and his close friends. We actually believe his decision to speak openly about this topic will do more good than harm for him. Despite backlash from the insecure and less sensitive people, Ocean has received an out-numbered support from fans and friends alike, including Tyler The Creator.
Frank also received overwhelming support from Hip Hop Moguls Jay-Z, Dream Hampton, and Russell Simmons who shared personal letters from their site, lauding the up-and-coming talent for his bravery:
I was also told that Kanye has previewed Frank’s album and also supports his effort. Honestly, I think this is going to mark a historic moment, not only in the LGBT community, but in music as well. Yet controversial, but eye-opening to say the least. In the music industry, they’re many artist who share the same thoughts as Frank, but are conformed to an industry where this type of behavior is intolerable… so they choose to hide behind a persona in fear of what the public would say. Understandable, but at the same time I believe Frank Ocean just set the standard for displaying true artistry while still being completely honest with self and others across the board.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Frank’s honesty is a landmark day for hip-hop?