Frank Ocean shocked the hip-hop world earlier this month when he admitted that he was sexually attracted to men. But the revelation hasn’t caused much backlash. Instead, some of music’s biggest stars have come out in support of Ocean. Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Russell Simmons have all praised the singer for coming out.
In a post on Jay-Z’s website entitled “Thank You Frank Ocean,” Frank Ocean is applauded for his bravery. The message reads:
“We admire the great courage and beauty and fearlessness in your coming out, not only as a bisexual Black man, but as a broken hearted one…. There are real risks with coming out as a man who loved a man. I hope you hear and are reading the hundreds of thousands of people who have your back.”
Russell Simmons told the Global Grind:
“I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do, and because of that I decided to write this short statement of support for one of the greatest new artists we have.”
Beyonce also wrote Frank Ocean a message. The famous singer, who worked with Ocean on her song “I Miss You,” composed a short poem and posted it on her site.
Ocean is one of the first hip-hop artists to ever admit that he was bisexual.
Megan Rapinoe, who will be playing in the 2012 London Olympics with the US Women’s soccer team, faced a similar situation when she came out earlier this month. Rapinoe said that the sports world is a little homophobic and that athletes are often afraid to admit that they’re gay.
Do you think Frank Ocean and Megan Rapinoe will inspire gay athletes and musicians to come out?