It's sad that he didn't come out on his own—that the decision was made for him by gossip mongers on the Internet. Actually, to rephrase, make that "sad for him." Certainly it's not sad for any of his fans, especially gay teenager fans. He should have done it himself long ago, when it mattered. When he mattered. Nowadays, it's practically cliché and the pinnacle of his stardom is long past.
One thing I wanted to point out in the post article:
Up until relatively recently, agents and publicists could be counted on to keep clients closeted if they so chose. That just isn't feasible anymore in a culture where a celebrity's personal life is just another stage for mandatory performance.
Can you spot the omission?
The first sentence should read "Up until relatively recently, agents, publicists, and reporters could be counted on to keep clients closeted." Yes, the media used to play it's part in keeping gay celebs and politicians closeted. Actually, it largely still plays this role. It's only with the advent of the Internet (and amateur reporters and bloggers) that closet doors are being involuntarily pried open. I'm not sure I feel all that bad about it in the case of celebrities, especially closeted politicians (and most, most especially, right-wing or anti-gay politicians). Sunlight is good generally and just about always the truth shall set you free (eventually).
Follow up in the comments with any gay rumors you've heard.
I promise not to sue. 🙂