Anyone that knows me, knows I adore Frank Ocean. He won me over ever since his little mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra back in 2011. The boy is bad and I simply adore his creativity. Ever since he’s come out, literally and figuratively on the scene he has been nothing but authentic. Authenticity is key as an artist and I think Mr. Ocean embodies this. Recently he wore a shirt that caught a lot of attention. I love t-shirts, I mean I should since I design my own (more about them later in future posts). Back to Frank, his shirt read “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?” Such a direct message that gets the point across and touched a lot of people.
The words were originally a tweet made by 18 year old Brandon Male back in 2015. Yet he’s not the one who made the iconic tweet into a shirt, it was 18 year old Kayla Robinson. Concerning the whole issue with her taking his tweet and making money off of it should be left for another day. What’s important is the message. Male’s tweet was retweeted 30,000 times since he wrote it, wow! Final word: One of the few politically charged shirts that actually makes the reader feel something more than lame.