Commentary: Too Bad Daddy Yankee Isn’t Gay

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When a picture allegedly showing Daddy Yankee making out with another guy hit Twitter earlier this week, the reggaeton superstar had to once again take time out of his busy schedule to make it clear that he’s straighter than an arrow — twice.

Seriously? This is perhaps the 20th time El Cangri has been “accused” of being gay, with salacious web stories breathlessly reporting the supposed evidence. At this point, he’d probably have to resort to leaking a hetero sex tape to shut everybody up. Yet, he’s far from alone. Plenty of our Latin artists (Romeo, Michelle Rodriguez) have been put in the absurd position of “defending” their heterosexuality.

And here’s what I think every time one of these stories pops up: Who cares?

If one of the Big Boss’s homeboys pumps his gasolina, would you stop listening to his songs? When Ricky Martin came out in 2010, his fans embraced him (and the world let out a collective, “Duh!") for his honesty, character and talent, and appreciated the man beyond his sexual preference. And he’s not the only one. Think about it, did your parents stop listening to Chavela Vargas, or a certain eccentric Mexican version of Liberace, or stop, um, watching a certain annual horoscope show simply because these artists may have secretly waved the rainbow flag? Exactly.

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Jesus Trivino,

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jesús Triviño Alarcón began his professional journalism career at Vibe. At 25, he became editor-in-chief of Fuego, the first national English language Latino men’s magazine, and served as senior editor for Scratch, a magazine dedicated to hip-hop producers and DJs. Since then he has guided the editorial direction for MyNuvoTV.com, the online component of the Latino lifestyle cable network, and BET.com's music shows and specials including 106 & Park. Additionally, he has written and reported for the NY Daily News, SLAM, The Source, XXL, Inked, SOHH.com, People.com, Essence.com, and many more. In his 13-year career he’s interviewed countless celebrities including Carmelo Anthony, Demi Lovato, Marc Anthony, Rosario Dawson, Willie Colón, Jay-Z, Nas, Jessica Alba, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Kanye West, among others. Today, as Latina’s Entertainment Editor he’s constantly thinking WWJD—What Would Juanes Do? Follow me on Instagram @JesusTalks and Twitter @JTrivinoAlarcon.

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