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Frank Ocean won that “homophobic slur” lawsuit filed by his own father

Back in February, we reported Frank Ocean’s father was suing him for $14.5 million over a gay slur. He was slapped with the multi-million dollar lawsuit over a Tumblr post he wrote last summer.

Related: Frank Ocean’s dad is suing him for $14.5 million over a gay slur

Calvin Cooksey claimed his son’s remarks potentially cost him “future financial opportunities in the film and music industries.”

Earlier this week, a Los Angeles judge sided with Ocean. The lawsuit has been thrown out, since Cooksey failed to prove any defamation took place.

Shortly after the Pulse massacre, Ocean wrote a Tumblr post that read in part:

“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.”

http://frankocean.tumblr.com/post/146249813326/i-read-in-the-paper-that-my-brothers-are-being

Keith Bremer, Ocean’s attorney, said, “It was a super sad case.”

“I am sorry that my client had to go through this and am glad that we could bring closure.”

Cooksey chose to represent himself, alleging that Ocean deliberately lied “for the financial success of [his] new album Blonde, and to ruin his father.”

He also claimed his son was “a fraud and only cared about making millions of dollars through Defendant’s exclusive deal with Apple, Inc.”

Cooksey alleges that Ocean chose not to emphasize homophobic comments by frequent collaborator Tyler the Creator because “it would expose Defendant as a hypocrite and fraud who dishonestly betrayed the LGBT fans base for Tyler the Creator.”

Furthermore, Cooksey claimed Ocean “left the biggest homophobic in the music industries out of[his] bogus… anti-homophobic Tumblr essay.”

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7 Comments

  • Kieran

    That is a beautifully written Tumblr post.

    • Ari Gold

      Beautiful my ass his dad is right, here is a hypocrite. He’s mentioning his father being transphobic as if it’s a great injustice that personally affects him, but mentions nothing and never says another about big earred idiot Tyer the Creator, who stays dissing gay people.

    • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

      Bullshit. Frank KNEW Tyler was gay/bi too and therefore genuinely didn’t harbour any personal animosity towards gay people (as demonstrated continually by his actual deeds and the pro lgbt things he said — at a time when no other rappers were anything other than very vocally anti gay) and, crucially, that Tyler was EXPLICTLY (in every sense of the word) playing various evil and unhinged characters on his records… yknow like art

    • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

      ^Response to Mr. Gold

    • PRINCE OF SNARKNESS aka DIVKID

      To clarify: Tyler was EXPLICTLY (in every sense of the word) VOICING THE OPINIONS of various evil/psychotic alter egos on his records… yknow like art

  • Donston

    I like Frank and his music. And I’d rather he be his chill self than another over-the-top, narcissistic, manipulative person who constantly uses his sexuality and sex appeal to sell himself and his work.

    However, it took a bunch of people getting shot up in a club for him to even speak on anything lgbt. And he hasn’t spoken about homophobia or his own personal journey since (and, yes, I know much of his journey is in his music). Yet, he speaks ad-nauseam on racism and feminism. I’ve noticed these tendencies to be fairly common among many gay, gay-leaning and queer men on social media- talking about anything but homosexuality and supporting any cause that’s not “male gay-ness”. It makes you come off like someone dealing with gay-shame and maybe internalized homophobia and resentment towards gay men. But, I don’t hate.

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