Saturday, 9 April 2011

WHY GLAAD HAS BECOME AS DULL AS A FRUITLESS CARMEN MIRANDA

Ricky Martin's 2010 memoir Me (Celebra Books)
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation presented the Vito Russo Award to Grammy Award-winning pop star Ricky Martin at their 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards in NYC on March 20. Yes, the one and same Ricky Martin whom I outed in Three Dollar Bill back in March 2001 on the eve of the nasty legal battle to repeal Puerto Rico's sodomy law (finally repealed in 2005).

Now, the Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.

But, if you all recall, for years Martin played footsy with the closet all the while enjoying the protections and privileges of the gay community.

When I saw Martin - whose recently published memoir Me is more of a spiritual read - headline Montreal's Bell Centre a couple of years ago, I actually walked out halfway though the concert, absolutely disgusted with how Martin disingenuously played up the role of heterosexual matinee idol, clearly to sell more tickets.

So when Martin finally "officially" came out last year, I believe he only did it because - like Rosie O'Donnell and Clay Aiken before him - he doesn't want to look like a hypocrite in front of his own children.

When Martin took the stage at the GLAAD Media Awards in NYC, he actually said, "What an honour. I have no words but to say, 'Thank you.' GLAAD has helped me so much. A couple of months ago, I was being attacked by someone in the media in Puerto Rico, and I called GLAAD and I said, 'What do you do? Because I'm new at this, I really don't know what to do.' And they said, 'Don't worry, we'll take care of it.' And they hopped on a plane and they went to Puerto Rico and they did what needed to be done. And today, Puerto Rican television is one step closer to being free from hate, thanks to GLAAD."

Quite frankly, when GLAAD has been reduced to rewarding Ricky Martin for being some kind of hero, it proves once and for all that GLAAD really has become as dull as a fruitless Carmen Miranda.

As for Ricky Martin, that Puerto Rican maricón headlines Montreal's Bell Centre on April 12.

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