Monday, March 29, 2010


Congratulations to Ricky Martin, who officially "came out" today in a statement made on his official website.  This comes after years of speculation following an appearance on a Barbara Walters special in 2000 at the height of his career, where he refused to answer her questions about his sexuality.  Walters recently had expressed her regret about having done this, believing that it was her line of questioning that led to the fall of his popularity.

In his official statement he stated that "these years of silence and reflection made him stronger and reminded him that acceptance has to come from within.... he is proud to say that he is a fortunate homosexual man."  

Although I am unsure where this is coming from and whether or not this is a last ditch attempt to revive his career, I must commend Martin for his honesty - even if it did come ten years late. It is undeniable that we live in a world where the concepts of homosexuality and same sex rights have gained notable attention and progress, but homophobia is still very prevalent in entertainment and the world we live in today.  Quite simply, I don't think the world is ready to hear an album of Ricky Martin songs where he is admiring about his lovers' package and firm chest.  Hell, I don't think I'm even ready for that and I consider myself pretty liberal.

People can criticize Martin for having remained "closeted" as an artist, but really can one blame him for avoiding the topic, especially when he was given the chance of a lifetime and had millions of Sony Music's dollars to back his dream?  Chances are, I would have done the same if I were in his shoes.  Also, when one shows up to do publicity with a "credible" media source such as a Barbara Walters, one expects to be treated with professionalism.  Yes, Walters was out of line and no, she was not fair in cornering Martin. But at the end of the day, Martin had to have known there was only so long he could go on serenading these "hypothetical women" in his songs before driving himself to Depression anyhow.  He knew his popularity had an expiry date.  Really it was for the better that things happened this way and I'm quite certain Martin isn't exactly disgraced after having sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.

My question is, does Martin's outing change what you think about him and his music?


  1. Hey Wills! I'm kinda gutted about it because I totally wanted to birth his children but aside from that Vuelve is one of my favourite albums and as far as his sexuality it's none of my damn business that's not why I listen to him

  2. he's looking hotter than ever!

  3. Good for Ricky! He's such a talent that like George Michael, his sexuality shouldn't have any bearing. Unfortunately he is also Latino which made it extra difficult for him to come out due to the machismo in the culture (it's OK to be 'sytlish' but gay is another thing).

  4. i'm just curious what this will mean for his song lyrics as most of them were about women.

  5. His female fanbase won't love him any less and he'll gain publicity when his next CD comes around ... for all the right reasons.

    I quite liked It's Alright - particularly the video where white liquid spills down his ripped body. He was telling us all along, I bet Madonna was gutted.

  6. I'm on the same page with Undisco_Me. The best bit of his video. The beefy scruffy look is working for me too. LOL.