Why was Ricky Martin entertaining in 2010?
On March 29th of this year, Ricky Martin made a decision that would change everything. He posted a letter on his website and linked to it from Twitter. The letter outlined the process of writing his upcoming memoir, during which Martin came to realize that he needed to free himself of a particular burden. Writing about it, he added, was “a solid step toward my inner peace and vital part of my evolution.” He closed the letter, with a beautiful, eloquent, and simple declaration: “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”
If you’re cynical, you might say that Martin’s self-outing this year was nothing more than a publicity stunt to attract attention to his new book and album. But then, what’s wrong with using your sexuality to make money? Most entertainers–the ones who are attractive, anyways–do that. Martin pretending to be a heterosexual for years is no different than Madonna periodically pretending to be a lesbian. That his public homosexuality was delayed while he was selling records and doing a duet with, ha, Madonna, was a business decision. Please, don’t be cynical.
You can, however, question his title of “Entertainer Of The Year.” Is coming out of the closet, on Twitter, entertaining? Have you read his book? Listened to his album?