Last week, writer Paul Lester asked Stevie Wonder about Frank Ocean. This should’ve been a pretty innocuous question, a chance for an elder statesman genius to say something nice about a young artist who’s doing great work while clearly staying under Wonder’s influence. That’s not exactly what happened. Wonder did say, “I like Frank,” but he also offered this:
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.”
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.
That doesn’t seem like what you were trying to say, Stevie Wonder! But we might just have to accept it, since nobody wants to live in a world where Stevie Wonder is a homophobic dickbag.