Stevie Wonder gay comments create controversy, apologizes after saying that “some gay people are confused”

By on Sep 2, 2012 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Lifestyle, United States Comments

American soul music legend Stevie Wonder has apologized for his earlier comments, particularly on R&B singer Frank Ocean‘s recent admission that he once dated a man; and is now clarifying his statements after he recently said that “some gay people are confused.”

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder
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In an exclusive interview by Guardian to Stevie Wonder which was published on Thursday, August 30, 2012, the 62-year old singer talked about his 50-year music career and the challenges he overcome, as well as his views in life and the people he met, including Michael Jackson, Frank Ocean, among others.

Wonder, who became blind shortly after he was born, told the paper that he like the music of Frank Ocean, whose debut studio album Channel Orange was released in July 2012. The 24-year old also revealed that month that he dated a man his age when he was only 19, and that “he is his first love and he has changed his life.”

“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 sɛx. But that’s them.” Wonder told Guardian, when asked on his views on gay people.

Apparently, Wonder‘s statement immediately went viral and has reached to the LGBT community and drew criticisms. The “Superstition” singer later apologized and clarified what he meant to say, which he exclusively said to The Advocate, an American LGBT-interest magazine and website.

“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.” Stevie Wonder was quoted as saying, posted at Advocate.com on Saturday, September 1.

“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.” Wonder added.



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