Media storm as Stevie Wonder’s comments on homosexuality are misunderstood

The Bestival headliner was asked for his opinion on homophobia within the black music community

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Posted 1st September 2012 in News, Stevie Wonder | By Clickmusic News Desk
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Stevie Wonder has found himself in a media storm over his comments that "some people who think they're gay, they're confused."

Stevie was interviewed by the Guardian newspaper for his headline slot at Bestival. During the interview, the 'Living for the City' singer was asked for his opinion on Frank Ocean's recent outing; he was also asked whether homophobia was still a problem within the music community.

He answered, "I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused. People can misconstrue closeness for love.

"People can feel connected, they bond. I'm not saying all [gay people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that's them."

Wonder was quick to apologise for the offence taken at the remarks in a statement to The Advocate: "I'm sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood.

He continued: "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."

The furore stemmed from a report in the Huffington Post and Gawker, the latter of which wrote: 'It's not, "I'm sorry for what I said." It's, "I'm sorry you didn't get it." And frankly, I still don't — it seems fairly clear that Wonder was implying Frank Ocean's self-proclaimed first love may have been a closeness Ocean misinterpreted.'