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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. Another example of flat earth thinking when it comes to sexuality.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Aug 31, 2012 11:09:27 AM

  2. All of those wretched singing talent TV shows have ruined his music for me. It's so unbelievably meh to me. Now, he is too.

    Posted by: AJ | Aug 31, 2012 11:13:08 AM

  3. BUSYTIMMY sweetie lighten up. have a sense of humor. Stevie Wonder is awesome, but he has a different point of view because, he has not actually seen 2 gay people loving each other, so you can't blame him.

    Posted by: Ron | Aug 31, 2012 11:15:17 AM

  4. Mr. Wonder comes from a generation and time where the idea a non-fem black man could be gay is not possible. Gay is a white boys disease.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 31, 2012 11:26:48 AM

  5. @AJ

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | Aug 31, 2012 11:41:35 AM

  6. Love your comment, Ron. It's well very... umm... superstitious.

    Posted by: Brendan | Aug 31, 2012 11:52:00 AM

  7. As a singer I respect Stevie, but a blind guy couldn't possibly understand the visual aspect of sexual attraction. No other way of saying it.

    Posted by: NeverEclipsed81 | Aug 31, 2012 11:56:36 AM

  8. Boy, you really are blind, Stevie.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Aug 31, 2012 11:57:34 AM

  9. He shouldn't have answered the question that way, but neither is his statement wrong. The violent reactions of the insecure queens here are proof enough of that.

    Posted by: randall | Aug 31, 2012 12:01:00 PM

  10. nope, sorry he's not gettin a free pas on this one just bc he's "from a different time". there are entertainers considerably older than him (62 isn't really considered "old" these days) who do not have the same views by a longshot and the fact that he Is a blind, black man who has made a Very lucrative career about not judging, about loving everybody, ebony and ivory on my keyboard bullsh*t etc etc etc, makes him perfectly fair game for people to call him out on the hypocrisy.

    Posted by: CJ | Aug 31, 2012 12:03:14 PM

  11. ugh! I think the only person here confused is Stevie Wonder.

    Posted by: Bernie | Aug 31, 2012 12:05:37 PM

  12. You know, it's an opinion. It's not offensive and there is validity in what he's saying - regardless if you're referencing a gay or straight relationship.

    Nothing really to see here folks.

    Posted by: Jakeinlove | Aug 31, 2012 12:09:50 PM

  13. No pun intended. LOL

    Posted by: Jakeinlove | Aug 31, 2012 12:10:09 PM

  14. Has everyone forgotten how Stevie W came to the defense of Eminem using misogynist and anti-Gay slurs in his songs?

    Dude is just showing his true colors again.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Aug 31, 2012 12:10:44 PM

  15. None so blind as he who will not see.

    "When you believe in things that you don't understand you will suffer---superstition ain't the way, Stevie."

    Posted by: Vora | Aug 31, 2012 12:12:44 PM

  16. Sounds like he is still butt-hurt about falling for a trans woman :(

    Posted by: Toto | Aug 31, 2012 12:14:10 PM

  17. "Gay is a white boys disease."

    Yes, but if you stay on your meds you'll survive, Rat.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 31, 2012 12:16:54 PM

  18. "It's an opinion" doesn't justify the comments, Jake. I think we all realize this is his opinion but his opinion is ignorant and thus he will be criticized for it.

    Posted by: Francis | Aug 31, 2012 12:25:51 PM

  19. He's been blind since birth, never been able to look at a man or a woman and decide what visually attracts him, so maybe it's a little more ambiguous for him.

    Posted by: DJSauvage | Aug 31, 2012 12:26:49 PM

  20. He's been blind since birth, never been able to look at a man or a woman and decide what visually attracts him, so maybe it's a little more ambiguous for him.

    Posted by: DJSauvage | Aug 31, 2012 12:26:49 PM

  21. I always thought this guy was a jerk and find him to be annoying. This just confirms why I felt that way. What an annoying little man.

    Posted by: dcinsider | Aug 31, 2012 12:34:05 PM

  22. the people defending him are black LGBT.

    Black LGBT short of becoming homophobic themselves will go to GREAT lengths to defend black homophobia. Great lengths! It's unfortunate, but a clear cut pattern. And it's only hurting themselves.

    Posted by: Truth | Aug 31, 2012 12:41:36 PM

  23. A homophobic black man? But...but it just can't be. I mean, the gay meme is that white southerners are the face of homophobia. we can't change that image we as a community attached to homophobia (hillbillies, rednecks, whites) even though time and time again, it's black folks who show their proud homophobia on display.

    Posted by: MeetPollie | Aug 31, 2012 12:42:56 PM

  24. If Stevie actually SAW a really hot, intelligent, funny, kind man, he'd be all over that! :-)

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Aug 31, 2012 12:43:18 PM

  25. What an ignorant, ignorant man.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Aug 31, 2012 12:43:32 PM

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