Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt recently got hit with the inevitable question of their thoughts on affiliate Frank Ocean having an attraction toward men and playfully tackled the topic.
Rather than address the matter head-on, Tyler and Earl played with the term “bagel.”
You didn’t really expect Odd Future to address Ocean’s revelation that he once carried on a love affair with a man with any seriousness did you? “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” bellowed Tyler. “I think it’s crazy that that n—a likes bagels like that; for the longest he was frontin’,” said Earl, who had just finished twirling around in the swivel chair he was seated in. “We’d go to the store like, ‘N—a do you want some bagels?’ and He’ll be like, ‘I don’t f— with bagels.’ ” In part, bagels is a euphemism for boys, even if the gag got twisted at times during the conversation. (MTV)
After Ocean broke the news of his bisexuality earlier this month, Tyler publicly vouched his support.
“F*cking Finally Sus Boy @frank_ocean Hahahaha, You Still Aint Got No B*tches Hahaha My N*gga Dawg,” he tweeted July 4th.
“My Big Brother Finally F*cking Did That. Proud Of That N*gga Cause I Know That Sh*t Is Difficult Or Whatever. Anyway. Im A Toilet.” (Tyler, the Creator’s Twitter)
Fellow R&B singer Omarion has also stood up for the Odd Future crooner.
“It feels good when you can be honest, you can walk around with things that you don’t have to carry around anymore,” said Omarion. “And I feel like it might have been a burden for him. I feel like he can walk around and feel happy about who he is now. Anyone that has something they need to get off their chest, I respect.” (Rap-Up)
Last week, Ocean revealed the truth behind releasing his open letter on Indepedence Day.
He said that his open letter was written in December 2011 with a view to include it in the album sleeve notes in order to pre-empt speculation that might arise from some of its songs addressing men. “I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions,” he said. “I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who knows when.” The Odd Future member also downplayed the risk in his coming out. “People are just afraid of things too much … Sure, evil exists, extremism exists. Somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I’m black. They could do the same just because I’m American.” (Guardian)
Check out a recent Frank Ocean interview below: