Ricky Martin Stands Up For Arabs

July 25th, 2005 // 7 Comments

I applaud the effort, but Ricky Martin isn’t the person who I envisioned to take this on. Plus, would Arab youth really want Ricky Martin as their spokesperson?

He pledged Monday that he would try to change negative perceptions of Arab youth in the West.

“I promise I will become a spokesperson, if you allow me to, a spokesperson on your behalf. I will defend you and try to get rid of any stereotypes,” he told youngsters from 16 mainly Arab countries attending a youth conference. The children, aged 14 to 16, expressed concern about being labeled as “terrorists” by the West.

“I have been a victim of stereotypes.”

The last line could have been the most revealing thing that Ricky Martin said about himself. But alas no. “I come from Latin America and to some countries, we are considered ‘losers,’ drug traffickers, and that is not fair because that is generalizing.”

[via ABC News]

By Miu von Furstenberg
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  1. matte

    i thought the only stereotype he had was being a fag?

  2. Mimi Swanks

    I’m glad because as an Egyptian-American who has lived in North Carolina all her life, I know what it is like to hear comments not directed at me but they may as well be. There are so many misunderstandings. Islam is a religion of peace and jihad meaning “struggle” includes four different kinds: the pen, the mouth (speaking), the spiritual, and with the sword. Jihad with the sword is only to be used when one’s opponent is armed and strikes first. The killing of innocents is anti-Islamic to the core. I worry so much about the future of Islamic/Judeo-Christian relations and resent the fact that our nation’s leaders condemn the Middle East and continue to condone ignorance. No true Muslim condones these acts of violence- in fact, they consider them downright blasphemous at best.

  3. Sandie

    What proof do you have to say he is gay?
    Ricky Martin is one the best, not only as an artist, but as a human being. Just because he is handsome doesn’t mean he is gay.

  4. Steve

    Hmm. I didn’t know there were some people still in denial about that.

  5. mia

    Didn’t he admit, or at least imply, that he was gay or bisexual on the Barbara Walters special?

  6. mia

    … but this is about him advocating for Arab youth. Who cares?

  7. J

    That damn Vida Loca video… grrrrrrr. Quick vent …

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