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Stevie Wonder Apologizes For Comments On Frank Ocean

StevieStevie Wonder has apologized for the rather disappointing quote he gave The Guardian about the coming-out of singer Frank Ocean. When asked earlier this week about Frank Ocean, Wonder said:

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

Sure -- some people do get confused about sexualty. (I did. My first love was a girl.) But for an honest-to-goodness American national treasure to respond in such a way to the first-time-in-history coming out of a hip-hop/R&B star was dispiriting, and suggested that maybe Mr. Wonder wasn't entirely comfortable with Frank Ocean's gayness.

Mr. Wonder has tried to clear things up with a statement to The Advocate:

I’m sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood. No one has been a greater advocate for the power of love in this world than I; both in my life and in my music. Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man. What I’m not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period.

Does that settle it?

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  1. @NHeany
    you're trying to fan the flames, and are making that over the top comment in order to make gay people look bad, and are probably a supporter of Stevie and his words. Stevie Wonder is an amazing talent. And no one here has said they hate him. Or implied it. Many of those being critical of his words are also fair minded enough to not believe he's a bad person, many even thank him for his apology, and still disagree with his choice words. Educational is only achieved through discussion, so I applaud those who gave valid reasons why they took objection to Mr. wonders and spoke from the heart. You can't take a mans convictions from him.

    Posted by: guarico | Sep 1, 2012 8:46:50 PM


  2. Thank you Stevie. Your music has brought groups together through love, and hence why some gay peeps were felt let down by your rather divisive words in the interview. Clearly you felt compelled enough to brush that previous quote behind, and go back to what makes you special.. Spreading music and messages of unity and love.

    Posted by: Starshiner | Sep 1, 2012 8:49:47 PM


  3. The problem is how often we as gays have our sexuality put to question.
    The problem is how often we as gays have to defend out sexuality.
    The problem is how often the words confused, choice, and perplexed are attached to our sexuality.

    No other community has to constantly defend who they are or explain it as much as we do. It's tiresome, it's wrong and it perpetuates homophobia.

    I'm glad Stevey Wonder has recognized that this world needs more love and less judgment. Accept people for who they are instead of trying to figure out who they are for them.

    Posted by: Lincoln Heights | Sep 1, 2012 9:01:14 PM


  4. The problem is how often we as gays have our sexuality put to question.
    The problem is how often we as gays have to defend out sexuality.
    The problem is how often the words confused, choice, and perplexed are attached to our sexuality.

    No other community has to constantly defend who they are or explain it as much as we do. It's tiresome, it's wrong and it perpetuates homophobia.

    I'm glad Stevey Wonder has recognized that this world needs more love and less judgment. Accept people for who they are instead of trying to figure out who they are for them.

    Posted by: Lincoln Heights | Sep 1, 2012 9:01:17 PM


  5. Heartfelt and honest.

    I love Stevie Wonder.

    His sentiment is awesome: Bring on the love

    Posted by: bendskier | Sep 1, 2012 10:54:41 PM


  6. I'm glad he made this new statement. It was the considerate thing to do as his earlier comment could have been very damaging, especially within the black community to which I am a part of. There's huge significance in what Frank Ocean shared about his sexuality. It forced some black people to have a conversation they never had before, and inspired others to becoming more understanding. Stevie could have helped that train keep moving forward for our AA community by saying Frank should be applauded for his courage. What the confusion speech he gave could have really set things back, as Stevie does have influence within the black community. Comments like his previous one hurt gay black people most. Because it puts a halt on the progressive thinking train that someone like Frank Ocean created for our black community. All that being said, his new comments are the old stevie we all know and love and I'm soooo happy he said what he said in his new comments because it's what blacks gays like me want to hear and more over what black people need to hear. Our communities are moving forward together.

    Posted by: Kevin | Sep 1, 2012 10:59:05 PM


  7. I remember in the early 80's, when AIDS was ravaging our community, and Stevie Wonder was one of four singers who recorded THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR as a show of support. That gained him a lot of credibility in my book. The man made a clumsy statement. And if you want to know how easy it is, any gay man about transgenderism, and see how long he goes before he puts his foot in his mouth. Stevie Wonder stood up for us when it mattered. He's apologized. I think that's enough.

    Posted by: Frank O'File | Sep 2, 2012 12:08:48 AM


  8. Oh joy... yet another apology.

    Why can't people get it right the first time?

    I'll tell you why:

    because they don't understand us and often don't appreciate us.

    Tracy Morgan's hateful words are a great example. I'm tired of being expected to accept apologies from guys like that. Sometimes the lines that are crossed just can't be uncrossed with a few words.

    Posted by: JA | Sep 2, 2012 2:38:04 AM


  9. BRANDON K. THORP,

    BECAUSE Stevie Wonder IS BLIND, DO NOT ASSUME HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE THIS "ALL-LOVING AND UNDERSTANDING PERSON."

    Mr. Wonder IS A NEGRO MALE; AND, HE REPRESENTS AND UNDERSTANDS THE VALUES OF HIS COMMUNITY.

    Mr. Thorp, YOUR IMAGE OF Mr. Wonder SHOULD NOT HAVE CHANGED. YOU ARE ONLY ENTITLED TO LIKE HIS MUSIC - IF SO DESIRED. YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO LIKE HIS MIND.

    AS A MUSICIAN, Steveland Morris [Wonder] IS A PERSONAL HERO OF MINE. I LIKE HIS ORIGINAL STATEMENT IN REFERENCE TO Frank Ocean. MANY NEGRO MALES CONSIDER Mr. Ocean TO BE AN EMBARASSMENT.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 2, 2012 5:44:10 AM


  10. "BRAD,"

    FOR YOU TO DISRESPECT Stevie Wonder PROVES YOUR PREJUDICIAL BIAS BASED ON RACE.

    IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THE EFFORTS OF Mr. Wonder, THERE WOULD BE NO NATIONAL HOLIDAY FOR, Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "BRAD," THINK ABOUT THAT THE NEXT TIME "gays" MAKE COMPARISONS WITH THE NEGRO-CIVIL-RIGHTS-MOVEMENT.

    CAUCASIAN HOMOSEXUALS ONLY CARE ABOUT THEMSELVES.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 2, 2012 5:53:22 AM


  11. THANKS, "KIM," GREAT COMMENTS.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 2, 2012 5:56:42 AM


  12. "CINESNATCH,"

    YOU ARE THE "Stupid sh*t!" HOW DARE YOU SAY Mr. WONDER'S COMMENTS ARE "OUT OF LINE" - LIKE, YOU KNOW HIM PERSONALLY. THEN YOU TRY TO TAKE IT BACK BY WANTING TO FOCUS ON HIS LATER COMMENT. YOU HYPOCRITICAL FOOL!

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 2, 2012 6:01:43 AM


  13. "CINESNATCH,"

    YOUR AND OTHER CAUCASIANS BELIEF THAT WHEN A NEGRO SAYS SOMETHING YOU DO NOT LIKE MEANS HE MUST BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS PROVES THE TYPE OF PEOPLE Y'ALL ARE. Y'ALL SAID THE SAME THING ABOUT ANOTHER NEGRO ICON - Jimmie Walker.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 2, 2012 6:06:14 AM


  14. "Fu#k you," "ICEBLOO!"

    I DO NOT KNOW WHERE CAUCASIAN HOMOSEXUALS GOT THE IDEA THAT THEY ARE THE PRIMARY FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS OF ENTERTAINERS. THE TRUTH IS, CAUCASIAN HOMOSEXUALS LOVE NEGRO MUSIC AND CULTURE. WE ALREADY KNOW CAUCASIAN MALE HOMOSEXUALS LOVE UNCUT NEGRO PETER AND NUTS!

    IN REFERENCE TO Mr. Wonder's AGE, "ICEBLOO," THINK ABOUT Mr. Wonder's UNCUT NEGRO PETER. YOU HAVE A SMALL CUT ONE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 2, 2012 6:15:22 AM


  15. "GREGO,"

    I AM A REAL UNCLE TOM. DO NOT TRY TO ACT "black" BY USING THE WORD, "Brother." I UNDERSTAND YOUR "SLICK" TACTIC. YOU ARE TRYING TO SHOW SOME NEGRO HOMOSEXUALS DID NOT LIKE Mr. Wonder's ORIGINAL COMMENT.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 2, 2012 6:21:45 AM


  16. Nope doesn't settle it. But we have to stop expecting these famous people to be as evolved as we wish them to be. Just because he's a musical genius, doesn't mean he's smart about anything else. But it sure would be nice if he was.

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 2, 2012 6:25:47 AM


  17. Stevie Wonder ONLY MADE THE SECOND STATEMENT OUT OF COURTESY. Mr. Wonder STANDS BY THE ORIGINAL STATEMENT - I GUARANTEE. HIS NEGRO SUPPORTERS - HETEROSEXUAL AND HOMOSEXUAL - HAVE NEVER WAIVERED IN OUR LOVE FOR HIM.

    IT IS FUNNY CAUCASIAN Towleroaders CAN EASILY CALL AVERAGE NEGRO MALES HOMOPHOBIC, BUT, Y'ALL ARE HAVING A HARD TIME DISLIKING Mr. Wonder. Mr. Wonder IS A NEGRO MALE, TOO.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 2, 2012 6:37:07 AM


  18. "KEVIN,"

    SINCE YOU SAY YOU ARE, "black," YOUR ADMIRATION OF Frank Ocean IS FINE. BUT, DO NOT FORGET THE VALUES OF THE OVERALL NEGRO COMMUNITY, WHICH Mr. Wonder REPRESENTS.

    I AM QUITE SURE, "KEVIN," YOU HAVE NEGROES IN YOUR FAMILY WHO DISAPPROVE OF HOMOSEXUALITY.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 2, 2012 6:50:36 AM


  19. "FRANK O'FILE,"

    DO NOT BE CONFUSED ABOUT THE ROLE OF Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight AND Dionne Warwick IN REFERENCE TO THE SONG, "That's What Friends Are For." THEY PARTICIPATED TO HIGHLIGHT THE PLIGHT OF HIV/AIDS IN AFRICA.

    Elton John REPRESENTED CAUCASIAN HOMOSEXUALS' PLIGHT WITH THE DISEASE.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 2, 2012 6:59:49 AM


  20. To CAH:

    Those of us who were alive at the time know that the African HIV/AIDS crisis was barely on the radar at that time. I am not by any means downplaying the situation in Africa, but in the early 80s the disease and its impact on gay men was being ignored here in the US, and Wonder deserves credit that you can't take away in faulty retrospect.

    Posted by: Frank O'File | Sep 2, 2012 11:09:13 AM


  21. Misunderstood? I don't think so. Another bigot.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 2, 2012 11:16:39 AM


  22. Had a gay artist like Adam Lambert or Rickt Martin got asked about any black artist and they went on an irrelvant rant about some black people, every single poster here would call for their balls with torches, all while making comments about how racist the gay community is! So dont even play! We've seen the double standard here for ages.

    Posted by: Leon | Sep 2, 2012 11:36:37 AM


  23. There may be some truth in what Stevie Wonder said, in all honesty. You are not permitted any view that is not 100% pro-homosexual of course, or that is labelled "homophobic".
    It appears that many homosexuals have lacked the love of the same sex parent. There is a powerful theory that the need for this love leads on into homosexuality in many homosexuals. A sort of need fullfillment that leads them on into something else.

    Posted by: Ray | Sep 2, 2012 11:37:31 AM


  24. Thats the homophobic society we live in today. People feel ENTITLED to homophobia, and will defend homophobic statements till the death. And I'm not talking about Stevie. I'm talking about those who agreed with his original comments. They have bigotry in them and want their anti gay view validated and resent the gay community making rebuttals.

    Posted by: Steve J | Sep 2, 2012 11:38:28 AM


  25. Let's be honest with ourselves: the sligtest bit of 'racism' posted on here gets people having a national out cry, but gay people can't respond to overt slant on homosexuals cant be called out? Check your own homophobia before lecturing the gay community.

    Posted by: Responder1714 | Sep 2, 2012 11:40:32 AM


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