Truth Rules

A blog for fans of Clay Aiken. It may take a while but in the end, truth will win out over lies. Keep it clean, no threats ... and if I don't like what you say I own the delete key.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Clay Aiken: What's really important

If you follow Clay Aiken you've seen blog after blog after blog going on and on about his announcement that yes, he is gay. Maybe every blogger out there wants to get their say on the subject but as Clay said, that's only a small facet of the real Clay Aiken.

"Finally, I will say that, also representative of most every other gay man and woman in the world, that I am not defined by my sexuality. No more so than each of you are defined by your sexual orientation. No more than a man or woman is defined by race or ethnicity. It is, simply, a small facet of the same person I have always been."

I have to wonder why focusing on being gay is so much more important than recognizing that worldwide 25,000 children die each day largely due to preventable causes. A few days ago Clay wrote a field notes blog for UNICEF asking for help for these children. I watched as this blog alert slid further and further down the Google pages until it disappeared from sight. Why is a child dying less important than weighing in on someone's sexuality?

"Your support will help UNICEF reach the day when no child dies of a preventable cause. No child, not even one, should die of causes we know how to prevent—diseases like malaria, measles or tetanus."




As Clay said in his message to his fan club
"What a bunch of headline news we have had in the past 10 days! Wall Street falling to it's knees. Congress propping it back up. Two debates. Hijackers in Somalia. New leaders in South Africa and Japan. You'd think with all of the important events going on in the world, there would be plenty to fill up the pages of America's newspapers, websites and blogs without the need for information on the private lives of the country's singers and entertainers."
Why is weighing in on someone's private life more important than trying to help prevent unnecessary deaths for the world's children?


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Blogger marhaven said...

Great question. I am hoping it's just the newness of the revelation and that as Clay moves on with his career and life the fact that he is gay is put in proper perspective.

Hope springs eternal, right?

October 09, 2008 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Truth Rules...

Wonderful blog and I, too, never define someone by their sexuality, so why should others do it to Clay. Through all the crap spouted about him, he has always show class, integrity and compassion - its all I need from him as a fan - his private life is just that - PRIVATE.

As long as he keeps on singing, keeps on making us aware of children that need our help and of course, keeps making CONCERTS, that will do for me!!

October 09, 2008 11:28 AM  
Blogger jbc4clay said...

Well said, Truth. Well said!

October 09, 2008 11:41 AM  
Blogger SueReu said...

I probably shouldn't try to answer that question because I may start typing and never stop.

It is beyond my comprehension why people in this world feel the need to be so nasty. It is a sure sign that our society really is going to you know where in a you know what. The press has become a bunch of voyeuristic cretins - they must truly be lacking something in their own pitiful lives. I could not live with myselif if I made my living the way these people make theirs. They have no conscience - shame on them.

Thank you for the blog - off to UNICEF to try to make this world a little bit better for a child in need.

oh and thanks Clay for being you - you are the best.

October 09, 2008 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So much gets lost by those focusing on the inconsequential. It's a real shame.

October 09, 2008 11:44 AM  
Blogger redca40 said...

It is a good question. Discussing someone's sexuality shouldn't be as important as the unnecessary deaths of children around the world. Clay Aiken deserves respect from the media, fans and non-fans alike.

I think it also shows the sad state of affairs in the world of media and entertainment. Worthwhile stories get shoved to the back burner while the unnecessary stuff gets front page attention.

October 09, 2008 11:56 AM  
Anonymous clayam said...

Wonderful blog.
I never had a desire to know about Clay's personal life, and still don't.
I am here for his wonderful voice, his concerts, his music, and support for his humanitarian endeavors.

October 09, 2008 11:56 AM  
Anonymous musicfan said...

This is a wonderful blog. To concentrate on something that is so unimportant instead of dying children is shocking. I sure wish that many people would read this blog. Perhaps we can share it with our friends.

October 09, 2008 12:00 PM  
Blogger katy said...

The media has its priorities and sensationalism is at the top. Clay Aiken is a many faceted man...singer, actor, comedian, father son brother etc, humanitarian. That's what is important, not his private life.

October 09, 2008 12:04 PM  
Anonymous claniac24 said...

Truth Rules, you put it so well. Clay's sexuality is just one facet of this incredibly fine man. His humanitarian work is another facet, a far more important facet in my mind. Unfortunately, the press and the American public focuses on the sensational rather than on the meaningful.

Keep putting out inspiring blogs like this, and perhaps it will make a difference.

October 09, 2008 12:05 PM  
Blogger Oh Crap said...

Yep! You've got to be taught and, unfortunately, some who are gay have spent 2.5 years teaching the world that they think being gay is a horrible thing. What a pity and what a waste. Glad Clay is nothing like them.

October 09, 2008 12:12 PM  
Anonymous tnmtmama said...

Why do people in the media and RL focus on the private lifes of celebrities while children are dying? Because they don't want to think about anything that important and they don't want to be reminded that they can do something about the health of these children, but they can't do anything about a stranger's private life. So much easier on the conscience to focus on the irrelevant.

October 09, 2008 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The media has long been out of control and they seem to set the standard on what is important in today's society. It really is a time for change.

October 09, 2008 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason people keep going on and on about it is that was the only interesting thing about him.

October 09, 2008 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Micki said...

Wonderful blog, TruthRules!

October 09, 2008 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog!! no one has the right to intrude on any ones private life!! Clay is right theres more important issues here to consider than butting into others personal lives.. Hes the same wonderful man he was over 5 years ago..wish people would just shut up..

October 09, 2008 1:02 PM  
Blogger IamMesmerized said...

It is indeed unfortunate that Clay's revelation about himself takes precedence over his appeal to help the childen in need all over the world. It is a sad reflection on society as a whole, really. If we ignored this kind of thing, they'd finally stop but although several have blogged about it and I have followed the google links, I am just as guilty as the next one.

We are the only ones that can put this to rest and I am going to try to force myself to stop giving hits to sites that come up in google that mention Clay's sexuality.

I do understand that the blogs by fans are well-meaning but on the internet, it just keeps the rhetoric going. I am so glad that the majority of Clay's fans are with him and consider his private life his own and are just looking forward to simply being fans of the man with the golden voice and the heart of gold.

Of course, by putting my two cents worth in, I am doing exactly the opposite of what I'm suggesting. I'm so happy that Clay's fans are so supportive but when you come right down to it, there never was anything to be supportive about. We are fans of Clay Aiken ... no more ... no less. We try to support his causes as best we can. Does anything else really matter?

October 09, 2008 1:28 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

" Does anything else really matter?
October 09, 2008 1:28 PM"


No, not to the overwhelming majority of his fans. That's why I felt the obvious needed to be pointed out. It's the non-fans who don't have their priorities straight.

October 09, 2008 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog, Truth Rules!

It is sad that the media wastes so much time on the irrelevant stuff.

October 09, 2008 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Lee said...

This wise , talented , big hearted man reminds us once again about what is important . That in these tough economic times even a small amount can give life to a child in need .

I'm proud to be his fan .

October 09, 2008 2:37 PM  
Anonymous kielbasa said...

Why is weighing in on someone's private life more important than trying to help prevent unnecessary deaths for the world's children?

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Good question, Truth. Perhaps it's because preventing the unnecessary deaths of our children just isn't salacious enough.

I mean, c'mon, what a downer. No one wants to see THAT in the headlines. It might generate some guilty feelings in people, and then they'd have to actually think about someone else's troubles rather than be immersed in their own self-important little world, where knowing some singer's orientation is the important question of the day.

Some people -- and much of the media -- have their priorities all screwed up.

What's really important? Indeed.

Great blog, Truth.

October 09, 2008 7:29 PM  
Anonymous LovesClaysVoice said...

Great blog! There is so much more to Clay Aiken than his sexual orientation. Those that are only focusing on that are going to miss out on all the wonderful things he has to offer. His talent and humanitarian efforts are being overlooked and it's very sad.

October 09, 2008 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog. Clay Aiken is so many things and his sexuality is just not important. Who the hell cares? People with no lives seem to care, otherwise they would find a real life to live. I support Unicef and trying to do my small part in saving a childs life. That is what is important.

outback

October 09, 2008 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clay Aiken is a man, a wonderful singer, entertainer and advocate for children.
Perhaps if everyone would stop talking/writing about his personal life, rehashing things and focus on supporting Clay The MAN that has brought us immeasurable pleasure and will continue to do just that, the negative bullies would get tired of being ignored.

October 09, 2008 8:30 PM  
Blogger Oh Crap said...

Iam, perhaps you can deliver that same message to your buddies at the OC and the haters who find refuge among the fans at the OFC. Pushing Clay's sexuality is their only reason for existence there. It's best to clean your own house before you ask the bloggers to clean theirs.

Sorry, Truth. You can delete this if you want

October 11, 2008 8:31 AM  
Blogger Carolina Clay said...

Truth,

WORD! I have never understood why a person's private life outweighs important world events in the media.

I am grateful for Clay Aiken, whose integrity, compassion, and amazing talent are headline worthy as he continues to make a difference for others.

Thnx for a great blog!

Caro

October 11, 2008 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog, Truth Rules. I really hope it opens some fans eyes to what is truly important in life....and Clay's sexuality is not one of them!

October 11, 2008 9:24 AM  
Anonymous always and forever said...

Clay Aiken is the same wonderful caring man with the wonderful golden voice that he's ALWAYS been.

I am proud to be his fan and proud to support the causes he holds dear because they are so very important he helping the children of this world.

Whose bed he puts his size 13 shoes under is no business of mine!! :>

October 11, 2008 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the very nice blog. We can all hope that sometime in the future, the important things are what the media will concentrate on rather than the unimportant.

There is ALWAYS a place and a need for keeping people aware of the plight of so many children in this world.

October 11, 2008 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super blog Truth!

Clay is always and forever a decent guy and I will support him. He shows the gumbas the man has to put up with all the garbage being said and MADE up about him yet he still thinks of his charity work and helping others.

WRU on someones computer

October 11, 2008 8:21 PM  

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