R&B legend Stevie Wonder got some major flack this week when the Guardian quoted him as saying “some people who think they’re gay, they’re confused. People can misconstrue closeness for love.”
Now Wonder has issued an apology… of sorts. (His rep calls it a “clarification”):
“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.
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.”
Okay, Stevie, now we are confused: If you didn’t mean what was pretty clearly stated, then please clarify—don’t just gloss over it with a “you misunderstood me.” Wonder’s original quote stemmed from a discussion of Frank Ocean, who revealed his first relationship was with a man. Now whether Ocean considers himself bisexual, straight or gay, neither we nor Stevie Wonder know.
It’s not for anyone except Frank Ocean to say whether he was confused then or not.
But given the soul-searching gays, lesbians and bisexuals have to do before coming out—to themselves or others—we’d imagine there are a lot fewer “confused” queer folks than there are people who think they’re straight just because they just fell into the heterosexual relationship society pushed them toward.