Frank Ocean Opens Up About Making Instagram Account Public

Frank Ocean Opens Up About Making Instagram Account Public

MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 14: Artist Frank Ocean performs during the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 14, 2014 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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In an interview with GQ Magazine, Frank Ocean opens up about becoming more public with his life and the moves he’s making.

Not only does he elaborate on his new Apple Music Show, Blonded Radio, his musical approach, and motivational activism, he also talks about how he feels the public has completely misconstrued his life. He went public on his Instagram account to prove a point to his audience.

“I feel like there was dissonance between how I was seen by the audience and where I was actually, so that contributed to the decision to make my Instagram public, for sure. But there’s also the idea of dialogue and discourse and conversation—like theater where the audience can interrupt you versus the television.”

He continues, to express how he feels his audience has misconceptions about him.

“I feel like between the numbers of zero to ten, in between every number there’s infinity, you know? I would describe a person as the space between the symbols, beyond the language. That dissonance—the word being a big container for what I was feeling…the way I was seen was not even close to correct. It’s still not correct, either.”

“With some pop stars, the idea of them is maybe more balanced or fully formed: a half-dozen magazine covers, x amount of interviews, a daily influx of media. There’s a way you wanna be in the visual press, although you could potentially be misrepresented; when you’re completely minimal with media, there’s a lot of pressure on whatever one thing you’re doing, the stakes are higher. Social media helps that, ’cause you’re fully in control and can message that how you want.”

He also expressed how imperative he feels is it for artists and public figures should use their platforms to promote social change.

“The stakes feel higher now, yes. I was excited about the idea of incentivizing people to vote and to get excited about midterms, because people aren’t usually excited about voting at midterms. Getting seven or eight thousand people who might not have otherwise voted to participate like that is a testament to what public figures can do or encourage with their voice. It feels responsible, especially at this time. Maybe also at many times prior, but it feels less like responsibility and more like a great opportunity that I had and still have.”

Looks like we will be seeing more of Ocean out in the open, in 2019!

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