Black Celebrities

Frank Ocean Is Actually Sort of a Pr!ck

by Yvette Carnell

If you heard about the  brawl between Chris Brown and Frank Ocean, and you immediately jumped to the conclusion that  BrownFrank+Ocean-1was 100 percent at fault, then you should read  Jeff Himmelman’s profile of Ocean in New York Times Magazine.  Himmelman describes a diva-esque artist who is often difficult to work with and demanding.

In the interview, Ocean describes to Himmelman ways he could portray himself in the interview if  he really wanted to enhance his own image:

I have no delusions about my likability, in every scenario. I know that in order to get things done the way you want them, oftentimes your position will be unpopular…That’s why image is so important. That’s why you’ve got to practice brevity when you do interviews like this. I could try to make myself likable to you so you could write a piece that keeps my image in good standing, because I’m still selling this, or I could just say, ‘My art speaks for itself.’

Himmelman also accompanied Ocean to a garage where he was having a BMW refurbished. While there, Himmelman observed Ocean make a big deal over something that was actually quite small:

When he made it around to the front of the car, he noticed a piece of black metalwork with an insignia on it. “What’s up with the language?” he asked. “Do we need the language on it?” The owner of the garage said he could get Ocean a plain black one, but he didn’t think it was necessary because once the engine was complete you’d never see it. “It doesn’t matter if you can see it,” Ocean said.

Looks like the fame may’ve gone straight to Ocean’s head. So although Chris Brown has a history of violence, we should keep in mind that Ocean is no saint. His ego matches Brown’s pound for pound.



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