Frank Ocean finally broke his silence and reacted on the recent Orlando shooting.
In his lengthy emotional Tumblr post, he mourned the life of 49 people who were killed in the heinous act towards the LGBT community. He said “many hate us and wish we didn’t exist.”
Ocean also talked about the homophobia and transphobia, anti-LGBT bias, the “bathroom bill” in North Carolina and the violence against gay people, Billboard noted.
The 28-year-old singer admitted that the Orlando incident reminded him of other traumatic events in his life. “I heard on the news that the aftermath of a hate crime left piles of bodies on a dance floor this month. I heard the gunman feigned dead among all the people he killed. I heard the news say he was one of us. I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty. That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t. Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist,” he wrote.
Ocean added that reality seems “bleak” for now, but he is hoping that the attitude towards the LGBT community will soon change. “I daydream on the idea that maybe all this barbarism and all these transgressions against ourselves is an equal and opposite reaction to something better happening in this world, some great swelling wave of openness and wakefulness out here,” he wrote.
In 2012, the singer was lauded after he opened up about his sexual orientation following the release of his chart-topping album “Channel Orange.”
Ocean has been out of spotlight for a while and fans have been waiting for the release of his next album. Earlier this month, it was reported that “Boys Don’t Cry” will finally making its way to record stores after almost a year of delay. However, no new album from Ocean was released.
Frank Ocean’s latest Tumblr post made no mention of his next album, The Guardian noted.