Letter to John Travolta

John Travolta
John Travolta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear John:

Why won’t you let your soul be at peace and be honest about your life?  There are only so many incidents that your faithful followers and fans will continue support you for, and this latest bout of nonsense is really making people question your unfounded love for Oprah.  If ever there was the World’s Greatest Faghag, even by Jon Waters standards, it would be the all-powerful Oprah.  Nate Berkus and Suze Ormond have had very prosperous careers under Oprah’s shelter, and things haven’t been all that bad for you either.  However, in some ways, we all deal with sins of the father.  Then again, like they say, “Karma is a bitch!”

We have watched you from the time you portrayed “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.”  As Vinny Barbarino, you rocked so many worlds with your metrosexual, flamboyant, bubble-headed flair.  Yet, every time we saw you on any screen, we saw that bubble surrounding and somewhat protecting you.  Hollywood sure does have a vested interest in you.  Although your role as Danny in “Grease” made you the least threatening actor in Tinseltown, the character you portrayed in “Hairspray” as Tracy Turnblad’s mother made you most approachable.  You made that character.  You were that character.  You did for that role what Queen Latifah did as the lesbian in her film, “Set It Off.”  Outstanding work!

Where will you go when the last accuser comes forward?  Can’t you once and for all prove that the accusations against you are false?  Or do you just not want to?  Maybe you should have your reps call Tom Cruise and find out how he’s dodged tall tale after tall tale for all these years.  Anyway, the fortune you have amassed could and should support you and your family for a few lifetimes.  Even though I haven’t witnessed you in any Shakespearean roles, I am sure you’re as diverse as Neil Patrick Harris is.  See, now there’s one human being who continues to serve his fellow-man:  Broadway, big screen, basketball games.  He even believably kisses women on his television show, “How I Met Your Mother.”

Well, you’re still an A-Lister.  You’re bound to win an Academy Award, sometime soon, and people will say that the part was a role-of-a-lifetime.  It’s so easy to claim that your private life is your business, but you have to remember that you are a public figure, a celebrity who has fans turned fanatics who depend on you to make their days and nights brighter and worthwhile.  To the many who have followed your career from the start, you are their guiding light.  So why won’t you let your true light shine as bright as it wants to?  The public feels your hurt and it feels your pain.  And it’s time both of you stop hurting.

Just open the door.  You don’t even have to say you’re sorry.


Truth, Health, Happiness, and Karma

What if Tom Cruise came OUT?

English: Tom Cruise at the 61st Academy Awards...
English: Tom Cruise at the 61st Academy Awards 1989 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 So, what if Tom Cruise did come out?  Would it really be so bad?  I mean, from what I hear women say Tom really isn’t considered a heart-throb, though he is a mystery.  Maybe he is a mystery that Hollywood has chosen to protect because of his box office draw.  Unlike the late Rock Hudson, Tom Cruise has led Hollywood into more glory days than even Bruce Willis with his “Die Hard” series.  Even the great Will Smith may hold a record for the most consecutive $100 million films to his credit, but overall cash flow is commanded by Tom.  Now that’s Cruise Control!


Now this isn’t going to be a commentary with any specific timeline of events for Tom Cruise.  I will just state what I know and what I remember about Mr. Cruise’s Hollywood journey.  It was director Harold Becker that first saw the potential in Tom Cruise.  After having his role in his first Boy movie, Taps, upgraded, Tom received a role in “The Outsiders” with Emilio Estevez and Matt Dillon.  Although that film was not well received, somebody saw something in Tom to give him his own feature.  And that feature was “Risky Business.”  Whoever thought to have Mr. Cruise dance around in his underwear to get attention was genius.  It worked.  Soon, Tom Cruise would be a household name.


In comes Mimi Rogers, in 1987, to introduce Tom to Scientology (the religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard).  Though the Church of Scientology was said to have cured his childhood dysfunction of dyslexia, Mimi saw her marriage to Tom dissolving.  Sometime later, Mimi had told an on-air radio host that Tom was “impotent.”  Then, after that fiasco, Mimi seemed to had vanished from Hollywood.  It was never explained why Miss Rogers was so blatantly callous in her treatment of Tom after their divorce.  However, there were the powers that be that stood by their moneymaker.  Afterwards, followed an on-screen link to Australian actress Nicole Kidman.  After roughly eleven years of marriage and no blood children, the two filed for divorce.  For Nicole, after marrying country singer, Keith Urban, she did have a baby through natural childbirth.


Tom’s career in Hollywood continued to flourish.  With a few not-so-well-received films, yet themes that would stay on the brain and tips of everyone’s tongues, Tom would win almost every award except for an Academy Award for his efforts.  Between 2001 and 2005, there was somewhat of a messy situation brewing in regards to Tom’s sexuality.  “Vanilla Sky” reported Tom dating actress Penelope Cruz.  No one truly believed this relationship would go anywhere.  In June 2005, after settling a case of a gay porn actor who claimed to have a romantic relationship with Tom Cruise, Tom found himself overdoing it, a lot, by jumping ridiculously on Oprah’s couch expressing his love for Katie Holmes – a woman he had only dated about two months.  Not only did Oprah think Mr. Cruise had lost it, perhaps his fans thought the same as well.  It seems the porn actor had vaporized into thin air.  Was there someone in Hollywood still fixing relationships for their prize cattle?  Where did Katie Holmes come from?  Maybe someone saw the interview she gave where she was seen and heard on-screen saying how she wanted so much to be married and “…have lots of babies.”  How perfect!  Here was a young woman who could be primed to go along with a fallacy.  She would have everything at her disposal – as long as she didn’t deviate from the plan.  Protect Tom Cruise at all costs!  Was there a sexual relationship between Tom and Katie?  To look at their child, Suri, one could argue that there is a resemblance.  Then again, initially it was said that Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe were romantically inclined.  Paris, Prince, and Blanket all have their own look.  Wasn’t Katie dating Chris Klein right before she married Tom?  For all we know, Chris could be “Suri’s Father.”  Unless…


With Tom Cruise’s history with women, rumors, and brief scandal, and the fact that he wouldn’t have to work another day in his life, how would coming out of the closet hurt him at this point?  It seems the only difficult part of this kind of exposure for Tom would be the type of partner for him.  Would it be an older gentleman, a younger gentleman, an emotionally unattached gentleman, or the stereotypical Latino flame that has vowed to remain faithful to him forever?  No disrespect to Latin gay men.  No Mission is Impossible for Tom Cruise.  With a great Agent, PR, and skill set that can rival Kenneth Branagh, the World is still Tom’s oyster.  If only he would pry it open, take its pearl, or add his own to its soft shell.