“How can you go wrong with two people in love?” Fiona Apple wrote in a thoughtful letter to a young gay fan in 2000.
That was more than a decade ago and I’ve always knew Fiona was an enlightened individual when I first listened to her songs (haha!). But really, she has such a hauntingly lovely voice, especially when you listen to her version of Beetles classic Across the universe.
Ok, back to the letter. A 16-year-old Bill Magee had solicited Fiona’s support on behalf of his high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. And Fiona replied… once she had a day off.
Here’s the core of her letter:
All I know I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends fall in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love?
If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation.
A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love another– to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it.
Hate has no place in the equation; there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much.
[See Pitchfork news for the full letter.]