Did he ever come out as gay or bisexual? Did he ever say anything more than, “I was in love with a man”? Is his courageous transparency about his personal life his way of reaching out to young people who are dealing with issues surrounding their sexuality? Is he a trailblazer who is changing the rabidly homophobic landscape of hip hop and R&B music? Is he being forced to be a “gay role model”? Was he simply just creatively telling his story, or is all of the hubbub over this cd a clever marketing plan called “Say you’re bi, and queers will buy”?
Personally, I appreciate Frank’s artistry, his creativity and his courage. I applaud his lyricism. I celebrate his being open and honest about such a personal experience. It takes a level of intestinal fortitude most black men don’t have. In a social climate where hyper-masculinity abounds, and outright hatred and disrespect for anything feminine outside of meeting the sexual needs of irrationally afraid little boys in men’s clothes, Frank Ocean made a move that for many would ruin their careers.
But for me, it’s hard to tell if Mr. Ocean is truly an artist who has a message. I suppose I will just have to wait and see what happens after all the fairy dust settles. I’d like to think this talented young man lives his life with boldness and integrity. It would be refreshing to find out that there are prominent people in the hip hop and R&B music scenes, who when around their fellow artists, will stand up and check them on their ignorant homophobia. He could actually be knocking down the walls that have kept people like Mz. Fontaine. Katastrophe, DaLyrical, Tori Fixx, Deep Dickollective, Deadlee and countless others from experiencing main stream acceptance for being brilliant artists.
Me being me, I have to question if Frank Ocean’s “I was in love with a man” revelation him just being authentically Frank, or if he is being used by a clever marketing machine to pimp the LGBTQ community for their dollars.
The most impressive pimp is a preacher Who has made the church his ho
She works hard for all her money Can’t pay her rent, but pays for
His expensive clothes
He makes her build impressive houses While slowly, she will die inside it
He uses God’s love letter to gain power Sermons on prosperity and guilt trips
To abuse her very soul I mean, when men who can’t even sing Gets rich and wins Grammy Awards and Nominations off the talent Of singers who “do it for God” without due compensation…
When a man builds a school with other people’s money, And charges them tuition for their child to get an education…
When a man can fl y in private jets and live in lavish luxury
While his congregants barely make ends meet…
When a man gets thousands to give until their broke Then confuses them more by teaching them that being broke isn’t God’s will…
When a man can send his kids to fi ne colleges with his 37
followers’ money While His followers themselves can’t buy their children
When a man convinces you that he loves you and has you calling him
Your spiritual father, but he doesn’t even know your
When a man convinces you to give your money to support the kingdom of God
And God doesn’t need your money because he already
If you’ve found yourself in situations similar to these
There’s one thing I hope you’ve come to know…
Baby, your pastor is a big ol’ PIMP!
And you…you are just one of his HOES!