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

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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've personally always found him annoying and I'll say it....his celebrity had a lot to do with him being a blind artist and the unbelievable attention he got for it during the start of his career. Let's keep it real now.

    Posted by: IonMusic | Aug 31, 2012 12:44:27 PM


  2. The people defending his remarks are the same ones who defended Chris Brown's homophobia. Some people just don't want to call out ignorance because it would require them growing a pair. It's so much easier to burry their heads in the sand.

    Posted by: Tiot | Aug 31, 2012 12:45:32 PM


  3. How the hell would Stevie Wonder know about sexuality, inherent desires, being gay? I mean seriously, talk about not being qualified to comment on a subject that you are clearly clueless about. Has he lived a day as a gay man or women to know this? Because he seems to come from a very "matter of fact" way of speaking in this ridiculous quote.

    Posted by: 2Dads | Aug 31, 2012 12:46:55 PM


  4. There's literally so much ignorance in his one quote there that I don't even think it's possible to touch on how many levels of ignorant that statement brushed on. Just some mindless, shameful ignorance right there.

    Posted by: lazerlightbeams | Aug 31, 2012 12:48:03 PM


  5. Product of another generation. I'm not gonna say he deserves a pass on what he said but I doubt his beliefs will evolve at this pont in his life.

    My dad still refers to my sister-in-law as a Protestant w**** because he didn't marry a Catholic.

    Posted by: Sam | Aug 31, 2012 12:48:29 PM


  6. He completely derailed the question about Frank Ocean and seemed more hell bent on getting off his chest, his inaccurate feelings on why some are gay and why gay even existed. Almost as if he's been wanting to air this opinion for a while now. Really, there's so many ways of handling that question regarding Frank Ocean and the interviewers question, and to respond in this manner is very very telling.

    Posted by: Crown Jewels | Aug 31, 2012 12:49:43 PM


  7. Unfortunately this statement by Stevie reflects not only his time but his AGE. This is why Luther and Donnie and MJ and so many other talented musicians remain locked in their closet vault.
    But if this gives Stevie some cover for his love of Michael Jackson.
    Steve "no homo" Wonder

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Aug 31, 2012 12:50:41 PM


  8. This is basically one of the most offensive things I've read.

    I've come to terms with some thinking I'm going to hell.

    Some believeing being gay is a sin.

    Some believing being gay is the last thing they'd want to be.

    But to go out and say many gays out there are CONFUSED, and correlate confusion with a very natural innate trait, is beyond offensive. It's outrageous.

    Posted by: Scott Johansen | Aug 31, 2012 12:51:37 PM


  9. Why are heterosexuals so fixated on our sexuality, why are sexuality exists, and the psychology behind our sexuality? Man, we know hetero life is sometimes dull, but their obsession with literally studying and commenying on every aspect of our being is so telling of how the average hetero life can be pretty darn miserable. Hence their need to fixate on our lives.
    Get a life heteros. Grab a new hobby. Go play in traffic or something useful.

    Posted by: NachosCorchos | Aug 31, 2012 12:53:25 PM


  10. It's dissapointing as a black man who has probably had preconcieved notions drawn about him and who he is, he could be so eager to spread such falsehood about another group of people, struggling to attain their place in this society. It's not surprising though. After all, the oppressed yesterday are easily the oppressors today. Don't we already know that as a community very well.

    Posted by: C | Aug 31, 2012 12:55:09 PM


  11. This is a pretty wreckless, irresponsible, and dangerous message he's sending with this statement. Beyond just ignorance, I actually think the promotion of this idea that there's a bevy of us just walking this planet confused, mistaking our inherent love to lust and confused desires is so damaging. I find his words deplorable actually.

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Aug 31, 2012 12:56:36 PM


  12. "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."

    There have been only about 3 Blacks who've posted on this discussion. There's nothing here to defend, you silly b.tch.

    "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"

    Yeah, they were on display at the anti-Gay Republican Convention, weren't they, you b.tch.


    I'm disappointed that Stevie Wonder has that "don't ask, don't tell" policy concerning Gay people and the many Gay people he's workded with in the entertainment world.

    But b.tches like the two I just answered don't want to know any Black people (Gay or Straight) so they can go stick something up their stinkin' flat azzes--starting with their stupid opinions.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 31, 2012 12:56:41 PM


  13. He's blind in more ways than one!

    Posted by: johninpa | Aug 31, 2012 12:56:53 PM


  14. Expect this story to get linked to one of his fan sites, and his fans to raid this comment section, spinning, twisting and working all angles to justify and defend these horrific statements.

    Posted by: Lipstick Diva | Aug 31, 2012 12:57:31 PM


  15. I just called to say I'm ….confused?

    Posted by: marc | Aug 31, 2012 12:58:51 PM


  16. How the hell would HE know what same sex attracted people are truly feeling? Seriously, a statement so other worldly and false deserves to be qualified with some facts and citation. Is he speaking on personal account or did he take it upon himself to speak on behalf of the raw experience of millions of gays and lesbians?
    What a ridiculous thing to say on his part.

    Posted by: Michelle | Aug 31, 2012 12:59:11 PM


  17. An old black man is homophobic. Shocking.

    Posted by: Jeremy | Aug 31, 2012 1:01:28 PM


  18. So he's saying that some people aren't gay, unless they are, right?

    That's brilliant.

    Posted by: Nirgal | Aug 31, 2012 1:03:17 PM


  19. Last month: Chick-Fil-A, This week: Stevie Wonder. Moan. Moan. Moan. That is what gays are now famous for in the media.

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Aug 31, 2012 1:03:56 PM


  20. Sorry- I love music, but there is absolutely no way of justifying these comments. I'd find it laughable if anyone attempts to. Just call them what they are, ignorance. It's blatant ignorance.

    He clearly hasn't had enough exposure to gay people, and/or the gay people around him are so busy fawning over him being "Yes men" that they've never wanted to go there, and share their personal experiences, or even come out. This is the danger of not casually opening up and sharing your stories of being gay with your loved ones. When left with their own vehicle to decide what being gay is, they'll usually travel down an ignorant path. It takes GAY people to educate straights on what being gay is. Not waiting for them to figure it out for themselves. Because otherwise, the results could be scary.

    Posted by: Real Talk | Aug 31, 2012 1:04:49 PM


  21. @
    Best post on this subject, and maybe on this site in a while. You nailed it. Very, very true.

    Posted by: Kelien | Aug 31, 2012 1:05:41 PM


  22. @Real Talk
    I meant

    Posted by: Kelien | Aug 31, 2012 1:05:55 PM


  23. Real Talk-

    I too have to co sign everything you just said. I agree that it's not enough to just come out. Many of us have had reasonable and almost educational discussions with family & friends about what it means to be gay, the wiring behind it, our life story. It humanizes it. The more closeted LGBT remain, the more it breeds ignorance like this, as you perfectly stated. We are the best educators to create a mental shift in thinking like this. But it requires us taking that role, and wanting to help people better understand, and most importantly, being out and open about who we are. Not hidden.

    Posted by: BOB J. | Aug 31, 2012 1:08:22 PM


  24. The first thing to remember about Stevie Wonder is that he's an OLD BLACK MAN. My granny was an anti-Semite. Lovely woman but she was 86 and she just didn't like jews. Dead now. Like her views.

    Posted by: Steerpike | Aug 31, 2012 1:10:50 PM


  25. This is a shameful thing to say on his part. This is the quote of someone who has their heart and mind halfway shut to a whole group of people he can learn from and learn from their story. I was literally shaking my head while reading it.

    Posted by: dot | Aug 31, 2012 1:13:52 PM


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