Leave John Travolta Alone: The World Needs to End Its Obsession With His Sexuality
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The world needs to end its obsession with John Travolta’s sexuality and leave him alone.
A ridiculous article recently published by Radar profiled the actor’s “gay orgy jet” that was involved in a near-fatal catastrophe in 1992. The celebrity gossip rag’s claims are insipid, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the media’s insulting obsession with John Travolta’s sexuality.
Part of the unhealthy obsession was sparked by a 2014 lawsuit brought by Douglas Gotterba, who worked for Travolta’s aircraft company Alto in the ’80s for six years. According to press interviews he’s given, Gotterba claims his relationship with Travolta was more than professional. He stopped working for the actor in 1987, at which point he entered into a written termination agreement with Alto.
Nearly 25 years later, Gotterba came forward to “tell the story of his life and those involved in it,” including his personal relationship with Travolta. Upon hearing that Gotterba had spoken to the National Enquirer and was planning a book, Travolta’s attorney Martin Singer sent out cease-and-desist letters.
The media’s interest in whether Travolta is gay — and slamming him for it — has gotten out of hand. Yes, he just might be a gay man and hiding it, but is he hurting anyone? It’s not an issue he seems to want to talk about.
In 2014 Travolta told The Daily Beast, “I don’t care that much about it. Other people may attack it back more than I do, but I let all the media stuff go a long time ago because I can’t control it. I think that’s why it persists, to some degree.”
The year is 2018. We should all be past whether or not celebrities are ‘out’ or ‘in.’ John Travolta is not a conservative politician or celebrity (*cough* Kevin Spacey) who harmed people from inside a closet. We need to move away from outing people because we enjoying digging through closets and dishing about others’ sexuality for our own enjoyment.
We’ll end with the words of Carrie Fisher, who once said about Travolta, “Wow! I mean, my feeling about John has always been that we know and we don’t care.”
The key words: “We don’t care.”