Why Do People Care? -
This is Jason Block and I really hate when people's
memory's gets trashed and tarnished and he or she isn't
there to defend it. On August 17th, one of the most vile
pieces of so-called journalism polluted the internet.
What's more of the shame (and not so much of the shock)
is that Reuters published it. After howls of protest,
the feed was pulled by Reuters but it is still in
circulation in places like the Hollywood Reporter and
Editor and Publisher.
The headline read: "Merv Griffin dies a closeted
That is an eye catching headline. But the gist of the
story/commentary is that Ray Richmond allegedly outs
Merv Griffin. He says:
"What a powerful message Griffin might have sent had he
squired his male companions around town rather than Eva
Gabor, his longtime good friend and platonic public pal.
Imagine the amount of good Merv could have done as a
well-respected, hugely successful, beloved and
uncloseted gay man in embodying a positive image."
Ok, there have been tabloid rumors about Merv's
homosexuality for years. There were two suits that were
dismissed, one for palimony and one from Deney Terrio of
But my point is this. Why is it that certain members of
the gay entertainment community are looking for someone
to be the "spokesperson" or "leader" of that group?
I am not trying to gay bash here. What I am saying is
that I am tired of the position some people want
entertainers to take and is be a "Gay entertainer"
instead entertainers who happen to be homosexual.
I mean look at the position Clay Aiken was put in (and
by his behavior put himself in) last year by a man who
sold his story to the National Enquirer. If he denied
what the man said (and I am not going to repeat these
details in a family column), he would look foolish. If
he admitted it, he would have been forcibly outed.
But the real point is, who cares really? I certainly
don't. What I do care about is negative journalism when
a man or woman cannot defend the accusation. Why did Ray
Richmond wait until Merv was dead to out him? Low move,
Mr. Richmond, low move.
But that's pretty much normal for the case in this
celebrity driven culture that we live in. We bring
people up on a pedestal and when the time is
right...crash and burn until the next one comes along.
This is 2007. I think less and less people care about
someone's sexuality then what he/she contributed to the
industry. And Mr. Griifin was universally loved and
respected, which says a lot about the man...gay or not.
This article tarnishes the memory of Mr. Griffin and Mr.
Richmond as well. He basically used the death of Merv
Griffin to push his own agenda.
And that puts respectable journalism in "Jeopardy!".
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