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Friday February 11, 2011

Could Ricky Martin’s Gay Right Efforts Be Marring his Upcoming Tour?

Could Ricky Martin’s Gay Right Efforts Be Marring his Upcoming Tour?

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While preparing for a tour for which very few tickets have been sold, the Puerto Rican singer is due to get an Award from The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), honoring his significant efforts in promoting equal rights for the Latino GLBTQ community.

Ricky Martin’s rep dismissed rumors that the artist is having a hard time selling tickets for the upcoming tour of his new album “Musica + Alma + Sexo” with floor seats and prime lower-level seating still available days after tickets went live on Ticketmaster.com.

Some however, say that since he came out, Ricky Martin has concentrated his efforts and interview time advocating for gay rights, something very honorable, admirable and certainly worthy of respect and praise, but not something that is going to help him sell a lot of records, or promote his upcoming tour.

“The people around Ricky have not connected the dots to make him relevant,” said an unnamed source. “He’s been doing all these interviews about being a gay man and the focus has shifted to his personal life rather than on his music.”

“Ricky coming out was a game changer for many gay and transgender Latino children, who for too long, did not have many out gay people to look up to,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios, who this March will hand out the Vito Russo Award to Martin. 

“Through his music, videos and interviews, Ricky has sent an important message that our community wants the same things all people do: an equal chance to raise our families and take care of our loved ones.”

Confident, Martin’s rep said, “The tickets only went on sale four days ago and the promoters are happy. No date is in any sort of jeopardy at this point. His album is extremely successful, debuting at number three on the Billboard 200.”

You show them, Ricky. It is not over until the Ticketmaster “lady” sings.