The intense speculation over Adam's sexual orientation makes me wonder how long he has before his ass bursts into flames under the gigantic magnifying glass that's focussed on him. It's continuing to annoy me and seems to be completely overshadowing everything else. One thing that came out recently which I think is just as important (or unimportant) as his sexuality is that Adam has confirmed that he's Jewish, but this received little or no media attention.
I can see some parallels and as far as I'm concerned, his being Jewish was just as 'ambiguous' during the Idol run as his sexual orientation because Adam had never confirmed it outright. We had evidence from his singing in Hebrew to doing Jewish fundraising events, and his dad had stated on MySpace that he'd been to Hebrew school. We'd also had evidence regarding his sexual orientation from his social networking sites, photos and videos.
The American media are piling on the pressure for Adam to make a statement about his sexuality yet no one needed him to make a statement to confirm whether or not he was Jewish, even though in both cases, the evidence was similarly conclusive. There were plenty of media articles claiming that he was Jewish before his confirmation, even though I believe he identifies only ethnically and not religiously (he has stated that he is agnostic on his Tribe page). People were happy just presuming that he was Jewish with few questions asked. Why could this more mature attitude not be adopted for his sexual orientation? Why is the question of sexuality so much more important to the media?
I can't see the point in forcing Adam into a formal confirmation if he's not keen on bearing the heavy responsibility of being the champion for gay rights. What right do people have to feel angry or frustrated by Adam's refusal to make a statement about his personal business when he just wants to make music? He owes us nothing but unfortunately the speculation won't disappear until he gives a direct answer. It could be argued that Adam's sexuality plays a greater role than being Jewish in defining him as an artist, but it still doesn't justify the demand for a declaration. What will it change? I see it as pointless as making Obama tell everyone he's black.
Attitudes clearly need to evolve because I see a smacking of double standards. I'm led to believe that the American media are just a bunch of sniggering nosy perverts when it comes to anything non-heterosexual. I still hope Adam doesn't make that formal announcement in Rolling Stone, but above all, I hope he can shift attitudes to make them all grow up.