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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Yep, I'm Straight!

Warren Beatty shocks the world. And in other breaking news, Ricky Martin aside, rumor has it that a huge bipartisan rift was exposed by the passage of healthcare reform.

Assuming people really and truly didn't know Ricky Martin was gay, is his coming out honestly a news story, let alone a breaking news story in 2010?

Barbabra Walters stated that in retrospect, she regrets asking him about his sexual orientation, especially given his contorted response a decade ago. (Her reasoning seems to be more about politically correct politeness than journalistic integrity, but that's another story.)

The newsworthiness of a servicemember coming out in light of DADT is understandable. Or a politician caught tap dancing in a stall in a public restroom or another paraletically trashed, driving home a trick he just picked up from a gay club. But a gay-as-a-three-dollar-bill entertainer? Seriously?

 
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