Frank Ocean stepped out on the ledge to declare a private matter, which is not necessary to declare in public. With the recent scrutiny surrounding his sexuality, the Odd Future singer put an end to rumors, explaining how he finds love in both sexes. His decision to explain himself as a bi-sexual made an impact because artists within the urban genres have often tipped toed around the issue. In the past, legendary pop artists like Elton John and George Michael stated their sexual performance and held onto their massive fan base and legendary careers. Ocean, at the risk of losing fans, made the choice to stand firm in his own skin.
The decision to release an open letter on the United States’ independence Day aligns with the freedom of his sexuality. With the open letter floating around the internet, artists in the R&B community have been extremely supportive of Mr. Ocean’s boldness and brevity to comfortable share his personal matter.
Reactions from several artists:
Eric Benet “that ooh balls. Kudos 2u bruh!
Shanell of Young Money “There’s nothing more freeing than self liberation. I salute you @frank_ocean #respectandlove
Solange “I salute you, brave soul. Independence Day.”
Wynter Gordon “Proud of Frank Ocean and his new found independence. Hope we all find our own.”
Jake & Papa “Fran Ocean makes music that shifts us all. He could b attracted 2 giraffes 4 all I care, artistry is artistry! Quit judging, thats God’s job.”
Raheem DeVaughn “His artistry is dope. Timeless music is not based on sexuality”
Case “This is historic, courageous and necessary”
JoJo “You just changed the game @frank_ocean. I respect you and love your work. The move you just made…so strong. sending all positive vibes.”
The positive feedback from his peers set music as a platform where the art is the connector of all individuals.