Frank Ocean has penned a prolonged observe on Tumblr addressing criticism of his queer membership night time PrEP+, which launched final night time in New York Metropolis. In accordance with a press launch, PrEP+ paid “homage to what might have been of the 1980s’ NYC membership scene if the drug… had been invented in that period.” Within the observe, Ocean addresses rumors that the invite-only occasion was funded by Gilead Sciences, the producers of PrEP, which is the HIV prevention drug that serves as its namesake. “Funded by Blonded, independently,” he wrote. “Let’s simply get that out of the best way.”
Ocean then addressed criticism that he confronted earlier as we speak from members of the LGBTQ+ group, which included feedback that he was making an attempt to “rewrite historical past” by reimagining what New York’s queer membership tradition would have been like had the drug existed. “I’m an artist, it’s core to my job to think about realities that don’t essentially exist and it’s a pleasure to,” he writes.
“A pair days earlier than we threw the occasion, I used to be discussing this topic with my staff and one of many architects I work with thought that PrEP as a drug had reached ‘100% saturation’ as far as consciousness. I believed he was useless fallacious so I requested a pal (who I received’t title haha) if he knew what PrEP was and his response was ‘isn’t that some kind of Viagra or one thing.’ My ex who I used to be with for a number of years didn’t find out about it after we first met at a homosexual membership in L.A. Consciousness isn’t all the time what we’d hope it could be.”
As well as, Ocean wrote, “I noticed somebody say that this was a PR stunt and many others. and many others., pshhh bitch pls come get a drink subsequent time and I’ll put a number of barstools out so you possibly can have as many seats as you want.”
Discover the complete assertion at Frank Ocean’s Tumblr.