After receiving criticism over comments made in an interview with The Guardian last week, Stevie Wonder has responded by releasing a statement to clarify his position…
The Motown legend was quoted in an interview with The Guardian’s Paul Lester — when asked about his feelings towards the sexuality of Odd Future’s Frank Ocean — as saying, “I think honestly, some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused,” he said. “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.”
The comments received much backlash, with many people feeling that Wonder was being very insensitive to the gay community.
To clarify his position, he has released the following statement:
“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.”
What do you think? Was it all just a misunderstanding? Let us know your thoughts…
Stevie will be joining The XX, Florence & The Machine and many more acts at this weekend’s Bestival on the Isle of Wight.
Posted by Ash Houghton