Russell Simmons Praises "Courage and Honesty" of Frank Ocean

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A day after Frank Ocean admitted to the world that he has shared at least one sexual experience with a man, music mogul Russell Simmons has come out in full support of the R&B star.

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In a Global Grind entry, the Def Jam Records founder reached out to Ocean and wrote:

Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we?

I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do, and because of that I decided to write this short statement of support for one of the greatest new artists we have.

His gifts are undeniable. His talent, enormous. His bravery, incredible. His actions this morning will uplift our consciousness and allow us to become better people. Every single one of us is born with peace and tranquility in our heart. Frank just found his.

Frank, we thank you. We support you. We love you.

That pretty much says it all, doesn't it?


There r many types of heroes.


Nobody said anything about the armed forces nitwit. And unless you're saying that you are yourself gay Pally, and that you know what it feels like to come out, then how would you know what level of courage or bravery it takes?


He now has inner peace. What u think of him no longer matters.


They all gay. The wold is going down.


What he did wasn't the measure, that he stood up and talked about it was. Having the courage to do so knowing fully that there are still ignorant biggots like you out there to crucify him at every opportunity.


I don't think it's his measure as a man. I think Simmons is just sayin that Ocean still is one - that he's not some twisted freak.


Since when is having a same-sex experience the measure of a man? It is not.

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