Monday, August 06, 2007

Who knows what the hell he’s advertising or performing here; it looks sort of like a cross between something by Martha Graham and a Massive Attack music video circa 1998. I have a feeling it’s a fragrance. You can do practically anything when it comes to fragrance advertising and still retain a sense of what it is even to the most average, barrel headed lump.

Whatever it is, Ricky Martin is essentially nude in this video and that can’t possibly be a bad thing.

While you can compare Ricky Martin and Britney Spears on a number of levels because he was a child star and continues performing well into his adult years, at the end of the day, where they differ greatly is that he’s actually not a train wreck, drug addled mess.

He’s probably gay but he’s decided not to let it be publicly known and as a result it’s essentially not a dominating issue. He was hugely successful a few years ago and hasn’t done TOO much since but what he has done has been decidedly more edgy than anything the pop machine would have had him do if he’d remained under constant, high impact output. He’s never freaked out in public really, he always has great skin, he’s been assertively and unapologetically political on occasion and he still looks as good as he did 10 years ago.

I never thought I’d say this but Ricky Martin should seriously consider being Pope or King of the World. Or, you know, some kind of God for middle aged women, teenaged girls and gay men. And also closeted straight men. Closeted straight men love Ricky Martin. If you add up those four demographic groups you’ve got a world over majority.

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