The June 21st mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida left people in utter shock and disbelief, as they attempted to understand why such a hateful crime was committed to a group of innocent people. After a week of reflecting on the event that resonated with him, Frank Ocean took to the social media platform of his choice, Tumblr, to walk us through his thought process following the tragic event.
In a heartfelt letter, The Channel Orange mastermind recalled some of his first memories of the opposition against the LGBTQ community, which he learned from both his pastor and his father.
On his pastor: “I heard my pastor speak for God too, quoting scripture from his book. Words like abomination popped off my skin like hot grease as he went on to describe a lake of fire that God wanted me in.”
On his father: “I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a fa**ot as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty,” he added. “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.”
He continued on directly addressing the Orlando events.
“I heard on the news that the aftermath of a hate crime left piles of bodies on a dance floor this month,” he continued. “I heard the gunman feigned dead among all the people he killed. I heard the news say he was one of us.”
Ocean tries to make sense of today’s tragedies with optimistic thoughts of the future of the LGBTQ community. “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 said.
Tumblr has been Frank Ocean’s outlet to express his innermost feelings regarding his personal life and current events such as Donald Trump, Prince’s death and the Paris attacks. It was on this platform that he revealed his first love was a man. Since his confession, which followed the release of his 2012 album Channel Orange, the world has been patiently waiting for his musical return. Though there’s no word on when his next album will be released, snippets of his music have surfaced the web, so the wait may not be much longer.
Written By: Sweenie Saint-Vil