*Add Jamie Foxx and 50 Cent to the group of celebrities who are supporting Frank Ocean’s recent decision to come out of the closet.
Foxx told MTV: “Elton John did it. For Frank Ocean to do it and be hip-hop and black, he’s breaking ground, and kudos to him. At the end of the day, his music is for everybody.” Joking, he added “Now when I put his music on, I am trying to get at the ladies. Frank, you helping me out. You done left more for me, Frank.”
Foxx, currently filming Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” went on to say that he thought Ocean’s admission meant that it was only matter of time before many more artists in the rap and hip hop community do the same.
“I have several friends who live in darkness and live in fear, and it’s just time,” he said.
Meanwhile, 50 Cent told MTV: “Anyone that has an issue with Frank Ocean is an idiot.
“I think Frank Ocean is a talented artist, I think he’s created material that made me know his name, that impressed me, with things he said on a song like Novacane,” the rapper continued.
50 – real name Curtis Jackson – then compared Ocean’s situation to late R&B icon Luther Vandross or Intro singer Kenny Greene.
Vandross was rumored to be gay, though such reports were never confirmed. Greene however, admitted in a 2001 interview that he was bisexual shortly before he died from complications caused by AIDS.
“There are artists before who have made these choices just not having made the choice to expose it to the general public before an actual release of music,” said 50.
“Obama is for same-sex marriage,” 50 pointed out. “If the president is saying that, then who am I to go the other way?”