Rumors, The Golden Globes And Ricky Gervais

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“What do George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Josh Groban and John Travolta have in common?” Yes, they are all great actors/singers and celebrities. What else? They are all handsome in their own way. Other than that?  I’ll tell you. What they all have in common is that there have been many rumors swirling around for years that they are all gay: “NOT THAT THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT’ as the writers on the late, great Seinfeld show would say.

Who cares? Not me. Ricky Gervais threw out a line last night from The Golden Globe Awards mentioning two leading men who were known for their involvement in Scientology and for their homosexuality. Meow. I did think that was a little over the line but I’m sure some people salivated, nodded their heads up and down and smirked. It was rather forthright, but I expect that from Ricky Gervais, he is an unpredictable comedian. He was hired to amuse and to provoke people and apparently he did just that.

Some celebrities feel comfortable about coming out, i.e. the lovely Ellen Degeneres, others not so much. That’s alright. Not everyone has to go through life waving a flag for the rainbow coalition. It’s your choice….however if you are covering it up and lying, people with whisper.  It hasn’t been long enough for everyone living in the closet to swing open the door proudly. Personally I go for truth over lies any day but there are still people in the world that would not like a leading man to be gay, to them, it just doesn’t fit. Tom Cruise, John Travolta are stars in their own right and both involved heavily in Scientology. Their personal live are their own but it would be nice for them to set it straight (no pun intended.) It seemed that it was perfectly alright that two straight men Jake Gyllenthal and  Heath Ledger  played gay lovers in Brokeback Mountain. What’s up with the double standard?

What I don’t understand is that some celebrities get maliciously outed ( ok, villified) by “entertainment” magazines and by the media. What causes one star to get the slick, slippery red carpet of secrecy and others get thrown to the wolves or in this case, the press. Is there money involved? I’m not suggesting it I’m just trying to figure it all out.

Why do we even talk about it?  Curiosity. We want the truth and don’t want people pretending they are something they are not. I  I would still listen to Josh Groben’s angelic voice as often as I do now. I would see good movies if the movies were good not if their characters were gay or not. It’s 2011, I’m sorry people still feel the need, and they do, to hide their homosexuality but that is their right.

Why do we want to know what’s real and what is fake? Because they are celebrities and they are in our lives through movies, commercials, ads, talk shows, the media and magazines at the supermarket check out counters. So, come clean if you want to, we’re all here to listen. Yes, it is a little like jumping into a lake of ice water. First, there is the initial shock but very soon  everyone adjusts, jumps out or swims incredibly fast to get over that very first hurdle. Your fans are here and we are listening and waiting; for, hopefully, the truth.

5 thoughts on “Rumors, The Golden Globes And Ricky Gervais

  1. i agree who cares! i sleep with a male oooooo! news flash 2011 we are so over who is sleeping with whom that now days it’s almost a slap on the wrist when people are doing way worse!
    we are getting too used to all the crap out there that its becoming common place to here words like shit, damn, fuck ,bitch on tv and from our political figures that pretty soon our children will wonder, gosh mom and dad they say it in campaign slogans why can’t i!
    i for one don’t care who is sleeping with who, unless it’s me and my husband. and it should not matter if a “star is gay or lesbian” but when people in the public eye pretend in real life then they cross a certain line none of us like! its called honesty!


  2. I agree with you. I don’t walk into a room and announce my sexuality. I am me…….the sexuality has nothing to do with it. Having said that everyone knows what you’re in for when Ricky Gervais hosts. It goes with the territory.

    I can’t imagine what it would be like to hold that back or feel the need to. It must be the most difficult decision that they make. Their lives are under a microscope as it is………

    Tough call……….


  3. Rock Hudson, one of the most hansome leading men, was gay. In his day, you didn’t come out. I’m sure when folks found out about his private life (which really should be his private life), some would stop watching reruns of McMillan and Wife, or no longer rent any of his many movies.
    Contrast that with say someone like Elton John or Ellen DeGeneres. They now make no effort to hide their sexuality and allow their private life to be public.
    There seems to be more room in the world for folks who aren’t “straight,” unfortunately, as you point out, some are more “accepted/acceptable” than others.
    I agree with the idea of honesty: don’t pretend to be something you’re not. But, really, to be honest, I don’t care to know/about a person’s sexuality. Private is private, and I really don’t need to know who goes to bed with who (or is that whom?) on any given night, whether its a celebrity, friend, co-worker (in the working days), relative, or neighbo(u)r.


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