Rap star Eve has commented on hip hop artist Frank Ocean’s 2012 decision to come out as bisexual, saying he was “ridiculously brave” to do so, and that she thought more hip hop stars should come out.
Speaking to Gigwise, the Satisfaction rap star and Whip It actress, said she was surprised that the reaction to Ocean’s announcement, and said that she thought other hip hop artists should come out.
“Frank Ocean was ridiculously brave, to do what he did, to be true to himself that way. In hip-hop, there are a lot more people that probably should come out.
“I was pleasantly surprised by the reaction of people, because it was mostly positive. I was shocked and happy about how people were [towards him] and it made me think maybe things were changing and people are more accepting of things.”
Earlier this week, US singer Lauryn HIll defended her latest track, which was slammed by critics, as some said it contains “homophobic” lyrics, and portrays drag queens, as a negative aspect of modern society.
US rapper Azealia Banks, attacked GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy organisation, on Twitter, accusing it of “picking and choosing when to be offended”, since she was criticised earlier this year for using the word “faggot” towards Perez Hilton, and UK journalists.
Speaking to Rap-Up, the Harlem rapper, who is set to tour with Rihanna, said that he was annoyed that the public had the perception that people in the hip-hop industry were “small-minded or stupid”.