Hollywood Reporter Outs Merv- What Bad Timing
The Hollywood Reporter has effectively blown the late Merv Griffin's closet door open for good... right on the day of his funeral service at a celeb-filled invitation-only funeral in Beverly Hills. This may just bother me but I think its kinda rude...I mean we all knew he was gay...We all pretty much knew he wanted it private-- we all know other stars like this....Its a hard question as the whether or not we should out people...so many pros and cons on both sides...But jeez-- they wasted no time in this report-- I say shame shame to the Hollywood Reporter---they should know better or at least have some respect...This could of ran a week later or something...
Writes Ray Richmond for the industry bible: "Merv Griffin was gay.. Why should that be so uncomfortable to read? Why is it so difficult to write? Why are we still so jittery even about raising the issue in purportedly liberal-minded Hollywood, in 2007? Griffin, who died of prostate cancer Sunday at 82, stayed in the closet throughout his life. Perhaps he figured it was preferable to remain the object of gossip rather than live openly as 'one of them.' But how tremendously sad it is that a man of Merv's renown, of his gregarious nature and social dexterity, would feel compelled to endure such a stealthy double life even as the gay community's clout, and its levels of acceptance and equality, rose steadily from the ashes of ignorance. What a powerful message Griffin might have sent had he squired his male companions around town rather than Eva Gabor, his longtime good friend and platonic public pal. Imagine the amount of good Merv could have done as a well-respected, hugely successful, beloved and un closeted gay man in embodying a positive image