Ricky Martin didn’t attend Saturday night’s GLAAD Media Awards, but his recent coming-out announcement lingered like so much volcanic ash over the ballroom at Century City’s Hyatt Regency. Host Wilson Cruz kicked off the festivities with “La Vida Loca.” Later, GLAAD prexy Jarrett Barrios let it be known that while Martin’s bomblette was a “one day story in mainstream media, it’s still going on” in the Spanish-speaking world. Ryan Murphy, a winner for “Glee,” referenced Martin by congratulating “Glee” star Chris Colfer for coming out at age 18 and not waiting until he’s 40 “when it doesn’t matter.” To which honoree Wanda Sykes shot back, “As for coming out at 40, I’d like to introduce you to my mother. It’s a big f-ing deal!”
Sykes also gave thanks for her talkshow. “It’s like Rupert Murdoch is buying back all the hate on Fox,” she joked. Then she applauded GLAAD attendee Constance McMillen, who successfully sued a Mississippi high school for disallowing her and her girlfriend to attend the prom. Sykes cracked, “Coming out in Mississippi!? I wouldn’t even tell people I was black in Mississippi!”
The evening’s other honoree, Drew Barrymore, feigned surprise at her Vanguard Award, saying, “I don’t think I work with that many gay people.” She followed that comment with a very long slideshow of gay professionals in her life, ranging from pet dog Flossie to agent Bryan Lourd.
The star of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” also took the false-humility route. “I didn’t even know I was nominated,” said RuPaul, looking very John Waters with shaved head and trimmed moustache. “Years ago, I couldn’t get arrested in this town. Actually, I did get arrested.”
Only at the GLAAD Awards: The evening’s most voracious wolf calls were leveled at hunk presenters Benjamin Bratt, Eric Dane and Jason Lewis by the 90% guy aud.
In closing, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford brought Adam Lambert to the stage, claiming, “He’s the only other (rocker) who can carry off a studded leather codpiece.” Lambert, for his part, played it a bit more low-key in a black sequined suit, but did not disappoint, with the biggest pompadour this side of Marie Antoinette. He rocked with “Make Me Want to Listen to Music Again.”
Suddenly, nobody was talking about Ricky Martin.