Why do celebrities suffer over their sexuality and feel they owe us an explanation? Adam Lambert definitely has the right idea.
What sort of a society are we that famous people feel they have to apologise to the public for hiding their sexuality? Poor Ricky Martin, he must have been torn and suffered, because his advisers told him he must conceal the fact that he was gay, because it would affect his record sales.
Now he has come out, but he is practically apologising for his earlier concealment of the facts! Why should that be, when it is absolutely none of the public’s business? Recently in the UK, a famous rugby player has made a similar confession. This player said he had concealed the fact that he was gay all his life, and had endured much pain because of it.
The tragic thing is everyone realised for ages that Ricky Martin was gay anyway. He lived a secret life, through fear of what people would think and fear that the massive, more puritannical US record market would be affected if the truth came out. He has probably suffered horribly and for what?
The last winner of American Idol 2009 was the outrageously talented Adam Lambert, nickname Glambert for his good looks and glam rock costumes. Adam Lambert was a superstar from the moment he stepped onto the Idol stage and this season seems dull and dreary in comparison. He has a fantastic voice, huge stage charisma and a laid back, refreshingly open and honest manner. Pretty soon, in spite of the warnings of his advisors, Adam dropped the info. that he was gay, no big deal.
To the fury of Simon Cowell, who thought he should have won, Adam came second in the competition, but he took defeat with the same relaxed charm and grace that he had shown throughout the show. He then went on to absolutely trounce the record sales of the winner, Kris Allen, outselling Kris’s album by two to one.
Glambert is unusually straightforward about his sexuality. His costumes leave nothing to the imagination and during one routine, he leads a male and female dancer round the stage wearing dog leads. In the AMA show, he stuck his tongue down the throat of his straight lead guitarist and was unabashed at the furore afterwards.
When quizzed on uptight US t.v. he shrugged laconically, and said he had been carried away by the moment. He added if it was OK for women to kiss on t.v. (Madonna had famously snogged Brittany) he hadn’t realised it was taboo for a man. Frenzied US reporters canvassed rock stars like Rod Stewart for their opinions, and they all gave the same response. “It’s rock ‘n roll, man!”
In spite of Adam Lambert’s honesty about being gay, he commands a massive female following, (including me). OK, he is a rock star and they get away with, indeed are expected to deliver, behaviour that would not be acceptable from others in more mundane professions. But he is breaking down prejudice. Rock on Glambert!
nb. I was delighted to receive huge traffic for this blog. One lovely lady says Adam did not come out, he was open about everything from the word go. I am delighted to make this correction for Marilyn.