The Internet is swirling today with rumors that Frank Ocean is bisexual. The evidence? Lyrics from his upcoming album “Channel Orange.”
Songs like “Bad Religion,” “Pink Matter” and “Forrest Gump” were reported to have bisexual undertones by the London Press after a preview session of the album.
London TV/Radio correspondent, Max of ThisisMax.net writes:
“Frank has also opened up about his sexuality on the album. We think it’s brave and admire him for being so honest and sharing such a personal aspect of his life through his music. On the songs ‘Bad Religion’ and ‘Pink Matter’ and ‘Forrest Gump’ you can hear him sing about being in love and there are quite obvious words used like ‘him’ and not ‘her’.”
Even if his songs do play “the pronoun game,” his lyrics aren’t any indication that he is personally bisexual.
And if he is, what’s the big deal?
Is it because he has a sizable fan base in the hip-hop and R&B community, an audience that reportedly shuns male bisexuality while praising female bisexuality? Is it because he’s a black artist in the spotlight?
Non-black public figures come out of the closet with little more fanfare than a press release and magazine cover (Ricky Martin, Anderson Cooper). And while there are some black celebrities who have bravely declared their sexuality in a public forum, there are more rumored homosexual artists who never confirm one way or another. Queen Latifah and Raven-Symone are examples.
Reactions to Frank Ocean’s supposed bisexuality have ranged from nonchalant to vitriolic. The latter reveals we collectively have a long way to go in embracing non-hetero black men in the spotlight. Not only is Ocean’s sexuality not our business, but it’s also not important. And it has no bearing on his immense, remarkable talent.
“‘Channel Orange’ is a beautiful album and worthy of sitting next to classics by Prince, Michael Jackson, George Benson, and Sade.”
Shouldn’t the music be the focus, anyway?