Actually Ricky should blame his whole I’m not gay front for his decline in popularity. That and the the fact that he hasn’t sung anything decent since Livin’ La Vida Loca and the (in hindsight) ironically titled She Bangs. I think the public hates being treated as idiots, and let’s be frank, Ricky was a camp as a jamboree and everyone but Ricky knew it. And I don’t think anyone really cared.
We women were the first to pick up on it. There he was all doe eyed and swaying hips singing love songs just for us, but there was something not quite right and we didn’t fall for it and we stopped downloading his songs. I have no clue who was advising Ricky because gay icons have the marketing dollar, not poor old suburban housewives.
Me, I never liked him. Don’t like a Spanish accent. Don’t know why, I just think it’s creepy and a bit phony sounding quite possibly due to an overload of cheap American sit-coms in my past. But good luck to him. Hope he finds some peace with himself.
When I was a kid, I thought that the Village People were one bunch of very cool dudes. Actually we would have said blokes because American-speak wasn’t so much part of the language as it is now. Imagine a blue light disco without YMCA. Which of the Village People did you want to be? I liked the motorcycle one. He was in uniform and he had such a big moustache. It wasn’t till much, much later that I found that the Village People were gay icons. Not all of them were gay though, specially not my motorcycle dude, but the Indian was, and so was the cowboy. Who knew?
Well probably lots of people knew but for a naive Gen Xer from country Queensland NO IDEA. I’ll go so far to say that most of my generation didn’t know they were gay either. It just didn’t enter into our calculation of how people were. Same for George Michael and Freddy Mercury. Gay! Really? They were singers, and despite the fact that they sang about love etc, we didn’t consider their sexuality. To be fair though I didn’t even know people had different sexual orientations (I repeat country Queensland).
We knew there was something not quite right with Elton John, didn’t know what, but knew there was something going on, but then he got married so everything was OK.
Actually I was so innocent I’d never heard the F-word. It wasn’t till I saw it written on the road and I went home and asked my mother what it meant that I even knew it existed. The mickey-flip my mother threw told me that next time I wanted to find out the meaning of a word I’d just go to the dictionary. So along with my school mates I spent the next couple of years looking up sex, prostitute, whore, bastard and fuck and then giggling madly. I’ve also been using the F word fairly liberally since.
Things have changed though. Due to the sharing nature of every celebrity in existence (except for Tom Cruise) everybody knows everybody’s sexual preference, favourite sexual position and sexual past. Gosh we’ve even got videos of celebrities having sex. Thanks so much for that Paris and Pammy.
Actually hasn’t that proved a fast track to fame, making your own sex video. That’s how Kim Kardashian shot to fame, bringing with her two reality shows, a horrendous family, fame and fortune. Go figure.
Well back to Ricky. He’s come out. He’s confirmed what we already knew and poor Ricky, he’s missed the boat, because no one even cares. Maybe he should make a sex tape.