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Stevie Wonder: Some People Who 'Think' They're Gay Are 'Confused'


In an interview with The Guardian about his five decades as one of the world's most talented and popular musicians, Stevie Wonder was asked about an up-and-comer, Frank Ocean, the hip-hop artist who recently came out, thanks in part to the path carved by Wonder, a blind and black musician who rose in a segregated world.

Wonder's response to Ocean's sexuality is disappointing:

Wonder is aware of his impact, and of those who have picked up his progressive soul baton, such as Ocean. Was he surprised that there could, in 2012, be a furore at the revelation that a rapper might be gay?

"I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused," he says. "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."

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  1. I think these comments say more about Stevie Wonder than they do about Frank Ocean or any other gay people. It seems like Wonder just came out of the closet. He has tried to convince himself he was confused any time he fell in love with a man. How sad for him.

    Posted by: joeyhegele | Aug 31, 2012 10:21:32 AM

  2. Does he think one can think they're hetero, being confused?

    Posted by: Syrax | Aug 31, 2012 10:22:05 AM

  3. In other words - "Ocean is African American, so he can't possibly be gay."

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Aug 31, 2012 10:23:35 AM

  4. Stevie Wonder's ignorance and stupidity is very disappointing.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 31, 2012 10:24:46 AM

  5. Now, I'm confused. But I've always been sure about myself.

    Posted by: i could go on, but I won't | Aug 31, 2012 10:35:04 AM

  6. Yeah, but Ocean has not presented himself as gay per say. In fact, he has used a term for his sexual orientation, although putting it all together, he seems to be bisexual. He merely said he fell in love with man. Ocean is clearly not trying to identify with the label gay while acknowledging his love for at least one dude.

    Posted by: Javier | Aug 31, 2012 10:35:51 AM

  7. per se

    Posted by: Javier | Aug 31, 2012 10:36:04 AM

  8. Closeness,connection,bonding...sounds like love to me! Maybe the problem is his definition of love.
    His definition of love might only center around the hole (or holes) he plays in!

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Aug 31, 2012 10:42:22 AM

  9. Yes, I am also disappointed in Stevie Wonder. I always looked up to him as someone who promoted love and dignity for all people. His music has brought so many people together, it's a shame that he must now speak words that would ultimately serve to drive people apart.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 31, 2012 10:43:15 AM

  10. Didn't know Wonder had a degree in psychology or human sexuality.

    He's 62, from a different time.

    Posted by: homer | Aug 31, 2012 10:44:52 AM

  11. Sometimes people are confused about being blind. Sometimes they just don't want to see the truth.

    Posted by: Craig | Aug 31, 2012 10:48:15 AM

  12. Wow Stevie -- seems like you are blind in more than just your eyes.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 31, 2012 10:49:04 AM

  13. Some people who think they are talented and knowledgeable are blind, idiotic assholes.

    Posted by: Otkon | Aug 31, 2012 10:49:42 AM

  14. sometimes we just don't see eye to eye, so just turn a blind eye. everybody is entitled to their own opinion. Just look the other way. An eye for an eye is not usually the best solution. Look up and don't look down.

    Posted by: Ron | Aug 31, 2012 10:52:39 AM

  15. lol wut

    Posted by: nico | Aug 31, 2012 10:52:44 AM

  16. i don't SEE his point of view.

    Posted by: Ron | Aug 31, 2012 10:58:12 AM

  17. I believe what he's saying in a rather inarticulate way is that just because someone has feelings for someone of the same gender does not mean that they are gay. Which is true. SAme sex attraction is a part of many people's experience, although it doesn't evolve into a gay identity. Young people should be able to have these emotions and experiences and not have to put themselves in an immutable category. It's all about freedom, right? Plus, Stevie Wonder is a genius and attacking his blindness over this quote is disgusting.

    Posted by: busytimmy | Aug 31, 2012 10:59:03 AM

  18. I guess i'm missing something....while i don't think it applies to the vast majority, i do think there are plenty who are simply and straight.

    I think that sometimes when a person's innate sexual orientation is heterosexual but that person experiments with someone same-sex...he enjoys it because the human body is going to enjoy sexual stimulation regardless...and it can confuse that person into thinking they're gay based soley on the fact they enjoyed sex with the same gender...when in reality they are just a str8 man enjoying sex with other men.

    Likewise, if a guy's innate orientation is homosexual...he can go have sex with women & enjoy it immensely....but it doesn't make him str8, it just makes him a gay guy having sex with women.

    I mean i guess Wonder could have worded it differently or elaborated what he meant...but i don't think what he said is all that awful.

    Posted by: DaveTN | Aug 31, 2012 10:59:19 AM

  19. can't blame him for not seeing things the way we do.

    Posted by: Ron | Aug 31, 2012 11:00:58 AM

  20. Stevie-- some of the people who think they're STRAIGHT are merely confused.

    Ted Haggard. lonnie Latham. Bob allen. Alan chambers. Possibly John Travolta. Possibly Tom cruise.

    Possibly Stevie wonder.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Aug 31, 2012 11:01:16 AM

  21. when you believe in things you don't understand you suffer

    Posted by: Ron | Aug 31, 2012 11:04:32 AM

  22. WHO cares? I don't need his approval.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Aug 31, 2012 11:04:51 AM

  23. I'm not going to bother getting too upset about this. He's from a completely different time and clearly has no idea what the hell he's saying...........and by the way, it's clear what he said. The only people that are confused are those who can't comprehend the fact that people can be gay without being confused or corrupted into it.

    Posted by: Francis | Aug 31, 2012 11:05:33 AM

  24. "can't blame him for not seeing things the way we do." Really? This type of comment is so juvenile. To think that this is the response to Wonder's quoted statement, which if you read the article you would see it's a rambling collection of observations and hardly a real interview. It's childish. DaveTN's comment above is right on. WE have biggger fish to fry than Stevie Wonder.

    Posted by: busytimmy | Aug 31, 2012 11:06:23 AM

  25. Try as I might I can't find anything offensive with that statement. You are all are so embarrassingly vitriolic and strident.

    Posted by: Gabriel | Aug 31, 2012 11:06:27 AM

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