Ricky Martin reveals he is gay. But why do we care about his sexuality?

The media are loving it. Latin lover Ricky Martin is getting out of the closet. But why do we care?

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Here is a man who has conquered the world with his charm and his voice. A man who has commited himself to promoting human rights. And yet a man who has lived 38 years of his life hiding from the world who he truly was.

Ricky Martin has finally decided to come out of the closet. “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” Martin revealed on his website today. Convinced by his entourage that it would destroy his carreer, it took him time but he is now ready to confirm “I am very blessed to be who I am.”

Ricky Martin hid his sexual orientation to maintain his sex appeal

Throughout the 1990’s Ricky Martin has reached the status of sex symbol. Adored by thousands of young girls who swore by his sex appeal, Martin didn’t want to disapoint and feared loosing his fans.

But questions arose in my mind as I thought about this. Why would his sexual orientation change his sex appeal? Can’t a woman appreciate a gay man’s sex appeal? Don’t men ever find lesbians sexy? The online magazine AskMen informs that “surveys reveal that the majority of men […] enjoy watching two women engage in a passionate interlude”.

So nowadays, why should any artist be scared of loosing his fans because of his sexual orientation? I’m letting you answer this question…

The media reacts to Ricky Martin’s coming out

As decades pass by, more celebrities reveal their homosexuality. In western countries, we have come a long way from the times when homosexuality was seen as a crime (fyi: homosexuality remains illegal in more than 80 countries throughout the world). But homosexuality continues to shock.

It is that shock value that puts Ricky Martin back on the front page of People magazine today. The word “shock” also comes back in a number of articles throughout the web.

But others reacted quite positively to Martin’s announcements. In addition to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) who congratulated him, the british entertainment magazine Heat also applauded his declaration. The notorious Perez Hilton also expressed his happiness for Ricky on his blog.

But no matter what your response is to Ricky Martin’s sexuality, I still have so many questions regarding this affair. Why do you even care? Why do you mind who he loves most? How does who he sleeps with matter to his art and skills?

And, really, why do we even write about it as journalists? In the end, could we even consider publishing such stories ethical?

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