Frank Ocean Pens Open Letter On Orlando Massacre

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean penned an open letter about the mass shooting at an Orlando gay bar that claimed 49 lives.

In his note which he posted on Tumblr on Tuesday, Ocean mentioned conspiracy theories that surfaced on social media in the hours following the massacre.

“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,” wrote Ocean, referring to gays.

The openly gay musician has been missing in action since he came out of the closet. His honesty and openness were not well received within the hip hop community, which ostracized him.

“Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist,” he wrote. “Many are annoyed by our wanting to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else. Many don’t see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year. So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest?”

The rambling letter covers a wide range of topics, but mainly focuses on homophobia, depression, trans bathroom rights, and gay marriage.

Ocean, who admits he has suffered from depression, wrote:

“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.”

In the 2 weeks since the mass shooting, no one has provided any evidence other than hearsay that the Orlando gunman was gay.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    OMG. He’s ghey again? Because I remember shortly after he came out he got into it with someone on Twitter or something and said the never claimed to be gay and that he would take the dude’s girl. Now he’s ghey…again. Smh.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Where he been……

  • Jusstlookn

    So much to ponder in the Great Universe.

    That’s all I got.

  • Jusstlookn

    Chile, folks are FLUID. Keep Up and Ketchup

  • Michelle

    Blah blah blah. Stfu trying to get attention. I guess that album must be dropping soon. It kills me when Black people are so silent on Black issues but when its a gay issue, they so.quick to speak their mind and jump on the mic. Like Raven Symons, they don’t say “we” “us” “our” when referring to blacks, but they do so when referring to gays……

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    Openly gay “rapper”? Well received in hiphop? I musta been living under a keloid shaped rock…

  • Blaque Mahogany

    So is he saying that his dad left him to be with the transgender waitress? OR nah? I mean sound like your dad had a lot going on onthat particular day…

  • MyPussyCatDNAFacts

    Too bad he is conflating homosexuality with men who have sexual fetishes. There is nothing wrong with being gay. There is a hellva lot wrong with males wanting access to women and children.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Dang. My bad.

  • MyPussyCatDNAFacts

    Or he is confusing the two days.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    LMAO ?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Well, he did come out and pen a song about his romance with Kanye (allegedly). And there were a lot of rappers, etc. they came out in support. But then he came back and said he was DELIVERT. So I dunno… maybe he isn’t openly ghey anymore.

  • Michelle

    I was thinking the same thing. I.remember a girl snuck a pic of him and his mom , dad and a girl at the beach. The girl said Frank was kissing on the girl and everything. Someone else said when Frank is with women its always really low key or secret. I think he bisexually gay or a complete fraud

  • iWasteTime

    When did Frank become a rapper?
    Frank please don’t let this push your album any further back.
    Thanks hun

  • Vickix

    Like Jamal Lyon….flip, flop, flip, flippity, flop!! Lol

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Something isn’t right.

  • Milani

    Novacane” is still my jam and gets regular play in my rotation of mursic :tea:

    I don’t have anything else for Frankie…

  • Buttercup

    Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist
    ===========
    Though some may hate and wish you didn’t exist, I would dare to say that many don’t care. Not being in agreement doesn’t mean folks want you to rollover and die.

  • TeeTee

    he had a girlfriend after that if I am not mistaken…so I guess he b/i?

  • Michelle

    Its like finding used condoms in a virgins bedroom trashcan. Something ain’t right…..

  • Michelle

    LMAO!!

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    That’s all well and good. But the only thing he needs to be talking about is when the next project gone drop.
    Chanel Orange was pretty hot. Would catch myself singing quite a few of the songs, until one of the lil lurks told me to really listen cause he was singing to man on a few of them. Damn if she won’t right.
    Still bump it, just don’t sing out loud no more.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    *nudges you closer to the ledge* :chase:

  • MissHarlem

    I can’t stand him musically. A fckng snooze and he can’t sing live.

  • Paige

    True! Most people don’t give a crap. What you do is your business. Between you and the good Lord. I wouldn’t waste my time or energy hating someone b/c of their life choices!! If you ask me I will tell you what I think, otherwise I mind my own business.

  • MissyJ

    And that right there is the whole of the problem. MOST folks don’t want you dead, we just don’t agree and for some reason that makes us wrong. That we won’t cosign everything folks want to do

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    I “heard” they will send a black ghey man to do the durty job and speak about the topic..

    I guess Frank is the new spokeperson

    Fat Joe was right. Can’t mess with the Gay Mafia. Look at how they come for Nicki Now…

  • MissHarlem

    ????? go to bed

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    Come on Harlem, we supposed to be >>>HERE<<<.

    I feel you though, he can't sing live for shyt. But after i smoke a fat one and start playing GTA, Chanel Orange provides the perfect background.

  • MissyJ

    LL Cool J doorter is Purdy.. side note

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Rofl! ?

  • MyPussyCatDNAFacts

    It’s always the extremes with drama queens (that’s gay male and women drama queens). Did you watch Mad Men?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlOSdRMSG_k

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Frank you need to put that effort into your next album.

  • MissHarlem

    I love the weed like I love air but bruh you might be getting some bad bud ??? gta has nice radio stations. Turn that on instead. You’re still my boy ?

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    Did Sandra edit her initial write up?

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    I got you Ms H!

    *turns on the John Legend anthology*
    ?

  • MookieFly

    I just wanna walk up to Frankie, smack the dack out of his hand, and tell him to get back in the studio. Leave all that tumblr deep is to Jaden. It’s time to make music.

  • HIS4EVA

    i thought that he decided not to see his father ever again since then. he woulda been a toddler… iono

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    He is an unattractive man.

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    Chile, taint nobody deep like Jaden Smith?? Deep like @Nancy’s cooter? Never ending…Why are shoes called shoe(s) but feet not feet(s)? Deeeeeeeeep??

  • MissHarlem

    ??????????.you tryna kill me and I thought we were peoples ?

  • LibraGirlonly

    Everyone knows gays get treated better than blacks so why is he crying? You mean to tell me you don’t experience hate because of your skin color? Frank ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Buttercup: Not being in agreement doesn’t mean folks want you to rollover and die.

    Right, right. It stops there.

    Just keep telling yourself that.

    Just like whites were just racist and it stopped at thoughts it never led to Jim Crow laws or lynchings or any other type of physical manifestations.

    Nope. Never!!/sarc

  • HIS4EVA

    how’s this?

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Better, much better

  • iWasteTime

    You and me both. How long do we have to wait … say it in song.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    *goes back to read instructions on blocking*
    ?

  • http://www.nicolaloves.com/ NicolaLoves

    “gays get treated better than blacks” . . . So how do black gays fare?

    You up here competing in the Oppression Olympics. Let us know when you take home the gold.

  • QueenyBean

    Not using the correct bathroom makes you suicidal? Who knew?

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    ??? block deez?

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    ?????
    Just injecting a lil perspective Shug…maybe Frank becomes a lil more bearable? Lol!

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Oppression Olympics….

    Hot tears… ???

  • QueenyBean

    Not even that Novacane?

  • SunRiseBlossom

    In other news… So Who watching the Have and the Have Nots followed by the show: Greenleaf with Oprah Winfrey starring on OWN tonight?!!!

  • HIS4EVA

    just gon leave this here. use it if you need it.

  • HIS4EVA

    ME!!!!
    cant wait.

  • Auditor

    ooo it is the 21st…I’m hoping I can bootleg it then!

  • SunRiseBlossom

    ME EITHER!!!! Lol…

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    *giggles in hand*

  • SunRiseBlossom

    LMBO!!! Bootleg it?!! You don’t have the OWN Channel?!

  • MissHarlem

    Can’t front I will bop until the chorus then I’m done ?

  • SunRiseBlossom

    LMBO!!!!

  • HIS4EVA

    gonna tear tht kingdom down!

  • 2MIDDLEFINGERSUP

    who cares what a maggot has to say

  • SunRiseBlossom

    YYYEEESSS!!!! Lol…

  • QueenyBean

    Very fair. Outside of the chorus I don’t know anymore words.

  • HIS4EVA

    //

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    Dead as hell at “bad bud”.

    Don’t give me any reasons to question my bud man. I think that cat tried to shyt me on my weight last time anyway.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Block ’em? I already can’t see ’em! ?

  • HIS4EVA

    **

  • AnonymousRose

    Could it be depression and suicidal thoughts come from within, and not what others preceive of u.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    ??

  • Milani

    NEW POST

  • Low E. TUH!

    …same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year…

    VALUES THO? LOVE YOUR SKIN OR DON’T…ALL I GOT

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Indifference doesn’t equate to hate. Yes, lots of yt folks dgaf about other races. Doesn’t mean they’re on the verge of committing a racist hate crime.

  • Jusstlookn

    On/Offtopic – When lil Scrappy is waiting on a bigger man to speak up; when he was talking to Bigg Dee. I was in TEARS

  • MzFutureLCSW

    Exactly.

  • Buttercup

    Just like whites were just racist and it stopped at thoughts it never led to Jim Crow laws or lynchings or any other type of physical manifestations.
    =================
    I’m talking about doughnuts and here you come ranting and raving, “Bagels. I love bagels. Sometimes I smear vegetable cream cheese on them. Other times I can’t control myself and eat my everything bagel naked.” Sitcho azz down somewhere. We’re talking about doughnuts.

    Feeling that a race of people are inferior to the point of not even thinking of them to be human- thereby oppressing them is different from disagreeing with lifestyle choices. Back to your regularly scheduled doughnuts.

  • Jusstlookn

    Graps your hands and jumps. ROLLS EYES

  • Jusstlookn

    lol

  • Lmarii

    lmaooooo that was a good one

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    *gently slips hand out of glove and closes window* ?

  • Mystery User

    How many songs Frank Ocean got – popular ones?

  • Blue

    Unless you putting out a mix-tape of the actuall 911 call I’m-a sit this out.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    “We” Frank? Says the guy who half-@$$ came out.

    Either way, I understand what he means.

  • ShWa

    Correct bathroom huh

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Feeling that a race of people are inferior to the point of not even thinking of them to be human- thereby oppressing them is different from disagreeing with lifestyle choices
    Only in your simple mind
    Explain to me why anyone has to oppress anyone else?

    Oh I got the answer- because they have low self-esteem and they want other people to feel as miserable as they do.
    But keep believing that you’re in the clear.

    I pray your son doesn’t grow up to be gay but if he does maybe you will learn some sense.
    And it’s not a choice. No one would chose to be part of an ostracized group, idiot.

  • MissHarlem

    Time to change bruh first he making you listen to dude on dude music and then he shorting you ?

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I knew he took one foot out the closet but I thought he was bi-sexual so one foot was still in…. The other (gay) rappers like and bisexual RB singers don’t want him to do a tell all.

  • Nonya Bizness

    “or use the correct restroom like everyone else.” You aren’t trying to use the correct restroom unless you’re POST OP. I don’t care how you feel. As long as you have certain parts, use the bathroom that correlates with those parts. Why do you deserve special privileges because you’re nuts? I don’t think g ay ppl are nuts. It’s the trans “I identify as the opposite gender, so I’m going to get top surgery, but not bottom surgery, because I might want to have a baby one day” people. S hit or get off the pot.

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    That’s what I thought …

  • Benita Renee’

    LMAO!!!!

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Oh yeah you right… Or Trysexual . Try whatever feels good to you.

  • Nonya Bizness

    I think his label made him “gay for pay” like they made Houston the one hit wonder wear that Michael Jackson leather jacket that he said was not his style. TPTB make these people whoever they want them to be, and since they’re pushing the g ay agenda, I think he’s part of the agenda.

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I used to suspect Trey Singz as gay or bi. But the model Jessica White said the sex was so good she felt close to God ?. Maybe they really are bi… Or Frank is a fraud ?

  • Auditor

    Nope gave up on cable…let’s see 6 years ago…

  • Paige

    Of course they do. Homosexuality is a lifestyle. I guess pedophiles, murders, and thieves also can’t help it. Yea, I said it?

  • Jusstlookn

    uses suction cup to grasp on side of building and grabs your ankles, before you close window.

  • stanley

    Hear-say? Well the Owner of the club stated he meet the Gunman several times before in his bar. I believe he was credible.

  • shun king

    They don’t get bottom surgery cause it’s a good chance they won’t have orgasams anymore

  • rachel

    Please. I wonder if the “when-i-was-six-years-old” story is even true. Too many unanswered questions in this horrific debacle. It is sad that some people possibly lost their lives to advance certain agendas.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Cvnt!!

  • hottlanta

    Oppression Olympics. I can’t take it. OMG. Where was his letter and tear when those 9 folks got shot in that church. As far as that not wanting gays to get married. Someone needs to talk to Rosie O Donnell and see what she says because she is writing alimony checks to 2 ex-wives. I wanna see how happy she sounds. She probably feels like Florida Evans from Good Times, DAYUM, DAYUM, DAYUM.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Just like your lifestyle is taking every dyck on your block (twice).

  • Paige

    Oh Lord!! Grow up. God bless.?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Go and troll yahoo comment section sometime when the story has to do with race or racsism and read that ish and come back and tell me something.
    People on this very board hate gay people maybe not overtly but they always make negative comments about them.

    But as I have learned after I grew up most black people who hate gays are closet cases themselves.

  • Nelleoftheball

    When all else fails…resort to name calling

  • andrice

    This Guy……

  • Wayup!

    Omg….just. like.that…?????

  • http://www.nicolaloves.com/ NicolaLoves

    I think she’d be fine with it. Gays have fought/are fighting for the right to marry not just so they have the right to divorce but so their partners have the same rights as spouses in terms of pension and death benefits, and the right to make health decisions. Do you know how many families who don’t support the “the lifestyle” swoop in during medical crisis and death and take control over the partner? That’s what sold it for me.

    As for Frank Ocean. We blacks complain about our treatment but read the comments we are making about him? Folks in here think he’s less than. It’s crazy.

    All oppression is wrong. How they win is we keep playing the “they don’t have it as bad as us/they didn’t support us so I’m not joining their fight. At the end of the day we are all fighting for equality.

  • Hmmm~?

    … Good grief. What in the world does a gay person speaking on issues within the gay community have to do with black people. Are there not numerous other outlets where black people have been extremely vocal about the problems facing the black community? BLM? Twitter? Tumblr? Yet you choose to completely disregard this just so you can complain about something under a racial context. What a joke. Hopefully you can find some common sense some day.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    My jam tho…When I’m thinkin’ ’bout you (ooh, no, no, no)
    I been thinkin’ ’bout you (you know, know, know)
    I been thinkin’ ’bout you
    Do you think about me still?
    Do you, do you?

    Or do you not think so far ahead (ahead)?
    ‘Cause I’ve been thinkin’ ’bout forever (Oooh, oooh)

  • SpideySense

    I am no Empire fan (was forced to watch it ala peer pressure*) but that must have been the very worst scene they ever shot. A bunch of men making a weak point using flip flops? If I hadn’t already lost interest in that show I certainly would have thrown in the towel at that very moment.

    *the peer in question was my fiance and the pressure came from his confiscation of the remote and my inability to get my lazy a$$ off the couch

  • SpideySense

    Someone i know who works in the industry in the UK swears up and down that Trey is gay. Notice i didn’t call her my friend . . . ?

  • SpideySense

    We had that song on repeat . . . Until we didn’t. ?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I remember how could I forget, how u feel? :)

  • SpideySense

    Pocket scale. Don’t play with me!

  • SpideySense

    Got me humming it right now. It was a hot song for a time.

    You know what song I still can’t listen too? Red Light Special. It was in the heaviest of rotatioms in the 90’s and I burned out after they played it for the millionth time.

    Sorry, that was random. But what else are open posts for?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I agree, annoying when it’s played out in that time…But it’s not around anymore and I jam anytime anything thats not overplayed comes on…Like, I don’t wanna be a player no more, I’m not a player I just crush a lot…:)

  • SpideySense

    I’m so 90’s. I’ll jam to it all. All but Red Light Special that is ?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I still live in the 90’s lol. I recently just had a 90’s themed dress up party. I was left eye and my bf was Ace Ventura :)

  • hottlanta

    Honey please. Every black community had a gay person on the corner They have been around forever. That lifestyle isn’t new. A lot of straight people have mates their families don’t like. Is that person complaining they don’t want us to marry because we are straight. A lot of time it isn’t the lifestyle of a person we don’t like it is their stank attitude and they use the being gay as a buffer to make it legit. Who cares. Just because I say who cares does that make me homophobic. I don’t care what a straight person does. There are a lot of people just like me. WHO CARES!!

  • rodt

    You just dont stop sucking dick once you starts.

  • http://www.nicolaloves.com/ NicolaLoves

    It’s not about lifestyle. It’s about legal rights afforded to heterosexual married couples that are/were not afforded to hay couples because legally their union is/was not recognized by the government. That’s was the fight for gay marriage is about. No one is looking for our approval.

    You commented on the post, so one way or the other you care.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    I’m not disagreeing with you regarding what’s being spoken by some or expressed via the Internet by others. I’m simply saying that what they may say based on what they feel won’t necessarily translate to them putting that hate into any real ‘action’ (i.e., their trolling the Internet IS their action).
    There are probably people you don’t care for, but that doesn’t mean you want them dead.
    Also, I think we (Black people) arent necessarily any further behind the rest of the country regarding people who happen to be gay. Be encouraged.?

  • VM

    Is Houston the dude who gouged his eye out? Allegedly, if it is him, he was saying it was because of the things he saw in the industry.

  • T3

    ?????

  • hottlanta

    What about the abolishing of the Voting Rights Act for black people. You know that is on the books right. Will the LBGT community make a comment PUBLICITY that it is wrong. The white male and females of the LBGT will be able to vote but the black male and females won’t be able to vote. You want everyone to support you but you don’t want to support anyone else. So if you guys don’t support our cause for the abolishing of the voting rights act your organization will be racist but if I don’t support you I will be called homophobic. Can’t have it both ways. You guys got married and now you are paying alimony like everyone else. Ask Jamie Lynch from Glee who also had a fit boycotting Chic-Fi-La, etc, etc. She is paying alimony as well. Ask her is she happy she can get married. You guys are also sexist you parade Jenner and Cox as if they are prized pupils but leave women like Chaz Bono who transitioned to a man because Jenner and Cox is less threatening to the public because they represent what women look like whereas Chaz would be creepy. Answer that for me. No one from your community has yet to give me an answer. You guys are phobic to each other and when someone calls you out on it, you have no answer. Yall didn’t even take a stand on Sandy Hook seeing those babies come out of the school. You remained silent but you want everyone to support you through your endeavor. Shame, shame, shame on the LGBT community, I thought you guys hijacking the Civil Rights Bill to have it amended to have sexual orientation was bad enough but couldn’t say we stand with those babies PUBLICALLY was just as bad.

  • hottlanta

    Luther Vandross sang songs to his man and we bought them and kept it moving. Frank Ocean your music sucks and he is using bring gay as a filler. Go somewhere and hide.

  • hottlanta

    It makes you use Depends.

  • Michelle

    Oh hell no girl! Trey ain’t gay. Lauren London was sprung on him and I done heard a few stories about that peen.

  • Michelle

    Yep!

  • Michelle

    Stfu. You clearly don’t understand what I am saying. Celebs PRETEND like they are standing for a cause as long as it is safe. Standing up for gay rights is safe. All of Hollywood is gay anyway. You won’t stop getting jobs being gay. But stand up for something about black people and see what happened. They dragged Beyonce to hell just for the Super Bowl performance. So like I said, his ass been GHOST for years now all of a sudden when Orlando happends he writing letters. When all these black men are getting shot down like dogs for no reason, where was his gay ass voice then. Talking about “we”. GTFOH

  • Michelle

    You dumb ass fck if you think he really wrote that letter out of the concern in his heart.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Not sure why the well thought out pettiness of this tickled me so…
    LMBO!!!

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Really?!

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Florida Evans though… I can’t… LMAO!

  • Hmmm~?

    …. Is he, as a gay male, not entitled to speak upon the massacre of 50+ completely innocent gay people in a nightclub? Just because he’s black? What kind of logic is this. Plus, he’s always been a B lister. He’s not going to get anymore attention than he usually does by writing this. How in the world could you think he did this for publicity? Like I said, I hope one day you’ll be able to find some common sense.

  • Hmmm~?

    I find it ironic how you mention Frank being silent about black issues for years, when Beyonce literally did the exact same thing. Beyonce has mentioned so much as a peep about black rights until this year. Now all of a sudden she’s rocking black panther attire and making black power songs. Please. You only see what you want to see.

  • Jusstlookn

    I could hardly type and was in Tears typing it. ???

  • shay2shaymd

    Just saw an interview this morning with a man stating they were lovers for two months and had sex. Also, said that his father was homophobic.

  • hottlanta

    My girl.

  • hottlanta

    Again my girl. you betta verbally werk it.

  • hottlanta

    You know it. Every time she writes those 2 alimony checks to her 2 wives she is saying it.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    She called me a pedo.
    I called her a cvnt.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Tis why I love you …keep up the good work ?

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    ROFL!

  • Mssugamoma

    Right so what is it today? Hell im confused Now!

  • Mssugamoma

    i wish people would just stay in the closet! I don’t want to know. And I definitely keep my skeletons in there. That’s between me and God

  • Michelle

    Beyonce has been at marches and Rally’s for Travon Martin, Mike Brown and more. I’ve seen her in the crowd ducked off like a reg citizen. Her and Jay actually send money to certain black organizations that help families like Trayvon Martins and fight for civil rights for black people. That was years ago. But I bet you didn’t know that though This year she’s just at a point where she don’t GAF no more . And this post ain’t about Beyonce. Its about fudge packing hot dog sawllowing Frank.