Aaron Hicklin, Editor-in-Chief of OUT magazine, wrote this “Dear Adam” letter:
I like you, I really do. Although I’d never watched American Idol, I
became a fan this year thanks to your unapologetic flamboyance
and sexual swagger. It was refreshing to see someone playing by
his own rules among so many cookie-cutters. And although you
narrowly lost to Kris Allen, you were the real winner for those of
us who saw your success as a test of America’s growing tolerance.
That’s why we’re proud to have you in this year’s Out 100, along
with all the other men and women who don’t believe their sexuality
should be a barrier to success. It’s unfortunate, therefore, that
your record label and management don’t share the same view.
Read the rest of the letter here.
The following is my opinion of Mr. Hicklin’s letter. I don’t think I’ve ever read an editorial that was so critical of someone featured in their own magazine. More than just critical, it was rude and mean-spirited. To even suggest that Adam and Adam’s management team should not make their own decisions in what Adam wants to do and what’s best for Adam’s career is ludicrous.
In Adam’s interview with OUT, he stated he wants to be remembered first and foremost as a singer. Here’s a snippet from the interview:
If you were going to pick one thing to be remembered for, so far, what would it be?
That I can sing my face off. I mean, that’s what I do. All this other stuff is part of a personality, persona thing surrounding that. I hope that people are like, “Oh, I like his voice. I like his music.”
As a singer, Adam and his team made the decision to “come out” (not that he was ever “in”) in Rolling Stone, a magazine that spotlights music and artists. (Gee, makes sense to me!) I see no reason at all for criticizing that decision. Adam is first a singer, who happens to be gay. The notion that gays who don’t choose to be solely defined by their sexual orientation should be criticized is ridiculous. He’s been up front and honest about all aspects of his life. I don’t think the problem is Adam, who is doing just fine living his life on his own terms, but people like Mr. Hicklin, who expect others to submit to HIS agenda.
I hope Adam continues doing what he wants to do, not what others expect or want him to do. I was excited when I heard OUT was going to be featuring Adam, but I’m so disgusted by Mr. Hicklin’s editorial that I’ve decided not to buy this or any future issue of OUT.
“We don’t want to sound ungrateful,” says Mr. Hicklin. I don’t think you tried very hard, Mr. Hicklin, because every sentence of your article proclaims your ingratitude. But I’m willing to bet you won’t mind pocketing all the extra money this issue will bring you. Well, sorry, but you won’t get my dollars.
You can also read Michael Musto’s take on this whole affair here. Mr. Musto is glad he voted for “the other guy.” (He claims this line was meant as a joke.)
What do you think of the editorial and of Mr. Musto’s article? Are you going to boycott OUT or buy it?
~~Jeanette, Glamb #5