5 Times Frank Ocean Made You Cry
Frank Ocean has taken us on an emotional journey this summer. On July 2nd, he posted an image of a library due date card to his website that, firstly, brought us back to our middle school days, and secondly, left us writhing with anticipation for his forthcoming album, Boys Don’t Cry.
Stamped with multiple different dates, some of which are crossed out, and the last of which suggests the album was supposed to be released sometime in July, the library card is presumably a nod to the fact that he’s teased us with his release date enough times to give the entire world a case of collective blue balls. Now, we’re told he’ll be officially releasing Boys Don’t Cry tomorrow—August 5th—and we’re f*cking pumped.
Even if you weren’t staring idly at your glowing screens at 3 in the morning, you can probably agree that Frank Ocean is a man worth waiting for. If you’re anything like us, then you’ve probably sat at your computer more times than you’d like to admit, welling up while reading some of Ocean’s many Tumblr posts, in which he thoughtfully expounds on social injustices that riddle today’s world. So to celebrate the release of Boys Don’t Cry, we’re taking you back to some of our favorite tearjerking Frank Ocean moments.
His Met Ball Performance
Did you know that Ocean was not only granted an invitation to the illustrious 2014 Met Ball (and rightfully so), but that he was also asked to perform? No doubt poking fun at the attendees, Ocean performed “Super Rich Kids” from his acclaimed 2012 album Channel Orange in addition to “Wiseman.” And he did so all while decked out in a snazzy tux—which we only know because we thirstily watched it all go down on shaky Instagram videos. Still, lo-fi videos are better than nothing, right?
He Leaves Us Drooling in His Calvins
After laying low for too long, Ocean finally stepped out, and in Calvins no less. The campaign video is beautiful and poetic, with Ocean’s soothing voice providing a prolific voiceover.
“It takes a mind to worry, a conscience to feel ashamed, but there’s no place to hide out here, these skies are filled with planes.”
He Defines His Sexuality on His Own Terms
In a post written in December 2011 but only released in July 2012, Ocean wrote candidly about falling love with a man, and the pain he felt when that love wasn’t reciprocated.
“I sat there and told my friend how I felt. I wept as the words left my mouth. I grieved for them, knowing I could never take them back for myself. He patted my back. He said kind things. He did his best. But he wouldn’t admit the same. He had to go back inside soon. It was late and his girlfriend was waiting for him upstairs. He wouldn’t tell me the truth about his feelings for me for another 3 years. I felt like I’d only imagined reciprocity for years […] I struggled to master myself and my emotions. I wasn’t always successful […] I feel like a free man […]”
But when GQ asked him if he considers himself to be bisexual, Ocean said, “You can move onto the next question,” and then, evidently having a change of heart, said, “I’ll respectfully say that life is dynamic and comes along with dynamic experiences […] I’m not a centerfold. I’m not trying to sell you sex […] Because people realize that everything I say is so relatable, because when you’re talking about romantic love, both sides in all scenarios feel the same shit. As a writer, as a creator, I’m giving you my experiences. But just take what I give you. You ain’t got to pry beyond that. I’m giving you what I feel like you can feel. The other shit, you can’t feel. You can’t feel a box. You can’t feel a label. There’s so much something in life. Don’t get caught up in the nothing. That shit is nothing, you know? It’s nothing. Vanish the fear.”
He Denounced Trump
In just a few passionate run-on sentences and rhetorical questions, Ocean, on him Tumblr, called out Trump on his gross manipulation of the shootings that shook Paris this past November. And it was one of the most eloquent burns we had witnessed in awhile.
“On the real though Donald Trump. How it ‘interesting’ that these shootings happened in a country that’s tough on guns? Tell us Don? Because it sounds like that vacuous observation was giving your NRA-loving constituency a hand job and spinning a tragedy for political gain and I’m thinking maybe using a situation where dozens of innocents have just been murdered in the streets isn’t the best time. No?“
Isn’t it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2015
He Penned a Touching Post About The Orlando Tragedy
In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, Ocean shared his thoughts on homophobia the only way he knows how: poetically, and on Tumblr. And weaved throughout were anecdotes about his own personal struggles that only strengthened his cause.
“I daydream on the idea that maybe all this barbarism and all these transgressions against ourselves is an equal and opposite reaction to something better happening in the world, some great swelling wave of openness and wakefulness out here. Reality by comparison looks grey, as in neither black nor white but also bleak.“
Just make sure to save some tears for the big reveal tomorrow.
Images via boysdontcry.com, MTV, and Tumblr.
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