Why the fawning, accepting, media coverage of Ricky Martin? This is a man who is 40 next year. He has been famous for nearly 20 years.
Why did his advisors insist that he never revealed his sexuality until now, and why did he never ignore that advice? Are we still following the line that it’s OK for svengalis like ‘Colonel Parker’ to control their stars to the extent that sexuality is suppressed so female fans are not ‘disappointed’.
The real disappointment is that Ricky Martin doesn’t live in the twenty-first century and his behaviour could be judged by many as extremely negative, reinforcing the perceived shame of being gay. How can he now perform in front of gay fans and not feel the shame of two decades of deception?
How about some of the press being more critical, or do we have to rely on Peter Tatchell and Outrage! to make these comments?