Society Roars About Ricky Martin’s Sexuality While He Struggles To Rescue Abused Children
So, you’re looking at the headlines online and discover “ZOMG!!!1!!1! Ricky Martin is Gay!” And while you sit in your chair Twittering about his revelation that was really none of your business to begin with, passing judgments on him for not being your idea of “decent” or maybe crushing your school girl fantasies, or even praising him for “coming out” as though it’s his greatest achievement…, he and his foundation are rescuing sexually exploited children and alerting the world to child prostitution and other forms of child abuse and neglect.
Oh, but his sexuality is much more blog-worthy. Much more headline worthy. Much more deserving of your time and energy. Why? Because most would rather insult, ridicule, judge, and take advantage of than look at the positive anyone does – even when the positive involves saving children being raped, beaten, malnourished, and sold into prostitution because those things just aren’t as fun to talk about.
News flash, sunshine: Being raped and having no one give a damn is no fun for a child.
This country and this world need a new set of priorities. When we choose to gossip about the sexuality and fashion sense of a celebrity and ignore their efforts to rescue children – the life force of our species’ future – we are sending out an undeniably clear message that we don’t care about what happens to kids.
I have seen images of child rape that keep me awake many nights. These children don’t care if their rescuer is gay or straight, wears Wal Mart or Prada, drives a BMW or Chevy. They just want someone to save them. Anyone. The pleading in their eyes, the tears of pain and confusion over the betrayal by those who are supposed to love them, the anguish in their voices crying out for someone to save them should far outweigh any other issue you have with that person who stands up to meet that challenge. Especially when the most you can do is sit on your ass blogging about what you see as that hero’s flaws. Those of you guilty of such abhorrent behavior can either waste away in your wretched existence or answer the pleas of suffering children who don’t care what you look like or what imperfections others see in you. They just need someone to care and stop the pain.
Thank you, Ricky Martin, for ALL you do in this cause. You are a much greater person than anyone who can only see you with shallow minds and cold, apathetic hearts.
REACT. IT’S TIME.
CHILD TRAFFICKING The best available estimate is that 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide every year for exploitation purposes such as forced labor, commercial sexual exploitation, prostitution and servitude, among other forms of slavery.
BIRTH REGISTRATION Every year over 50 million children begin a life with no access to the most basic human rights. They have no identity; they are invisible.
VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN Worldwide, an estimated 40 million children under the age of 15 suffer from violence, abuse and neglect.
EDUCATION Nearly 115 million children are out of school. Globally, some 54% of the children out of primary school are girls.
HEALTH More than 10 million children under the age of five die each year. Two thirds of both neonatal and young child deaths – every year, over six million of those deaths – can be prevented.
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, right, touches a baby’s face during a visit to a shelter for victims of sexual exploitation in Siem Reap northwestern province of Cambodia, Saturday, March 29, 2008. Martin has taken his fight against child trafficking to Cambodia. Martin, who arrived in the country Wednesday, met with Interior Minister Sar Kheng and visited various projects run by non-governmental organizations fighting child trafficking and sexual exploitation. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)