Clive Davis applauds Frank Ocean for coming out
Clive Davis has been in the music industry for decades, helping countless superstars get their big shots. BET reports he's the man behind Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys, while he's also had a hand in creating sweet music with Aretha Franklin, Aerosmith and Bob Dylan.
Now, the man behind the music is airing out his dirty laundry in his new autobiography, "The Soundtrack of My Life," which came out in February. In the book, Davis discussed how he made a name for himself in the music industry and how he helped shape the careers of music legends. He even admitted he's bisexual.
Davis opened up about the subject of his sexuality and of the talent of today even further during an interview with MTV for its Pioneers Speaker Series. The legendary music executive stated, in reference to revealing his sexuality, he pegs up-and-coming crooner Frank Ocean as one of his greatest inspirations.
"Put my story aside, it was very brave of him," Davis told MTV News correspondent Sway regarding Ocean's decision to come out as a gay man. "I'll tell you what was heartwarming was the reaction of the hip-hop community. I mean, they accepted him as a person. This could have been very controversial."
Davis went on to say that in his prime, it would have be detrimental for a big name actor, singer, or entertainer to come out. He added he's glad times have changed and that people - both fans and those in the industry - have become more tolerant.
Not everyone is a fan
One person who isn't feeling the love from Davis is "American Idol" alum Kelly Clarkson. In his new autobiography, Davis depicts a scene in which a young Clarkson was "hysterically sobbing" when he said "Since You've Been Gone" had to be on her album. He also wrote that her album "My December" wasn't successful because she co-wrote it and it didn't have any "pop hits."
Clarkson fired back on her WhoSay account, telling fans, "I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself..."
Not to be outdone, Davis sent a clear message back to Clarkson on his Twitter page, telling her and fans he had every fact checked with five independent people and claims his account can easily be verified.
Do you think Davis is right to applaud Ocean? Is Clarkson out of line for voicing her opinion on her representation in the book or do you think Davis may have exaggerated certain points?