Facebook.com/StevieWonderStevie Wonder may have stepped into the deep end of the debate when he said that young R&B singer Frank Ocean's love of another man may have been an issue of confusion. Wonder's comments came during an interview last Thursday with the British newspaper, The Guardian. The Motown legend has since clarified his statement and issued a public apology.
In a statement issued to MTV, Stevie says, "I'm sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood... 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." This comes as a bit of an about-face from his earlier interview with The Guardian when Wonder said, "I think honestly, some people who think they're ***, they're confused. People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond. I'm not saying all [*** people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same ***. But that's them."
One thing Stevie is not unsure about is his support of love. He stresses in his statement, "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."
Possibly helping to put the issue to rest is the fact that Wonder's already an advocate of Ocean's music. "Yeah, I like Frank," says Stevie, who even sang the hook from Ocean's collaboration with Kanye West and Jay-Z, "No Church in the Wild," when he and Frank met recently. Wonder goes on to remind critics of his track record of acceptance, saying "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."
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