Legendary Stevie Wonder found himself in a bit of trouble recently when a reporter asked him his feelings about Frank Ocean publicly admitting he’d once been in love with a man. Wonder told the Guardian, “I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused,” he said. “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.” After the interview hit the ‘net the backlash was inevitable. The “Ribbon in the Sky” musician took the holiday weekend to make an official statement to let the world know that his comments had been taken out of context.
Of all the greats still making music literally 50 years after entering the music industry, Wonder has been a consistent example of singing about love. In his statement Wonder wrote, “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.” There you have it from Mr. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” himself.
Stevie Wonder Backtracks on Comments About Frank Ocean [New York Times]
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