I Really Hope the Ricky Martin Allegations Aren't True Because We Cannot Afford to Lose "Livin' La Vida Loca"
Over the weekend, some not so chill news about Ricky Martin dropped (or at least went viral). While I'm not a cancel guy (especially for words), if the allegations of Ricky Martin having a relationship with his NEPHEW are true, it's gonna be hard to bump one of the hottest tracks of 1999 anymore.
Ricky Martin’s 21-year-old nephew has reportedly been identified as the individual who was granted a restraining order against the pop singer earlier this month.
A Puerto Rican judge approved the restraining against Martin on July 2nd, but the identity of the accuser had been unknown until now. According to Spanish newspaper Marca (via People), Martin’s brother, Eric, identified the artist’s nephew, Dennis Yadiel Sanchez, as his accuser.
According to the restraining order, which was filed under Puerto Rico’s domestic violence law, Martin and Sanchez had been in a seven-month relationship. Martin allegedly refused to accept their breakup and was found loitering outside of Sanchez’s home on three different occasions. Sanchez also accused Martin of physical and psychological abuse.
A court hearing is scheduled for July 21st. Until then, Martin is prohibited from contacting his accuser.
Martin and his representatives have denied the claims. "Unfortunately, the person who made this claim is struggling with deep mental health challenges," a representative for the singer said. "Ricky Martin has, of course, never been – and would never be – involved in any kind of sexual or romantic relationship with his nephew."
"The idea is not only untrue, it is disgusting. We all hope that this man gets the help he so urgently needs. But, most of all, we look forward to this awful case being dismissed as soon as a judge gets to look at the facts."
In an earlier statement, Martin’s representative said that "the allegations against Ricky Martin that led to a protection order are completely false and fabricated. We are very confident that when the true facts come out in this matter our client Ricky Martin will be fully vindicated."
In his own statement posted to Instagram on July 4th, Martin said the "protection order entered against me is based on completely false allegations, so I will respond through the judicial process with the facts and the dignity that characterize me."
"Because it is an ongoing legal matter," Martin added, "I cannot make detailed statements at this time. I am grateful for the countless messages of solidarity, and I receive them with all my heart."
Now we all know DOL is pro-LGBTQ+ AF. I don't care what consenting adults do, but this situation isn't like Ricky was fucking the 18 year old pool boy. It's a tad messier than that (ALLEGEDLY), as family is involved. If there's one thing DOL is, it's anti-incest. That is never swag and you can take that to the bank. Sure, this meme is hilarious. Questionable bussy made me literally howl.
But if it's confirmed that Ricky Martin was in a relationship with his nephew and, not only that, was responsible for physical and psychological abuse. I think we as a society have no choice but to nix "Livin La Vida Loca" from our summer playlists. This brings me no pleasure; last year, I called for Livin La Via Loca's inclusion in the Library of Congress for its cultural significance.
It just sucks, man. This news is a homophobe's wet dream, and for the sake of the world, I hope it's false, but from my minimal internet research, it's not looking good for Ricky. Again, the whole cancel thing is fucking stupid, and both sides of the political spectrum are guilty of it, but in cases like this where real crimes are on the table, I think it's fair to "cancel" this song.
I could deal with losing "Rock N' Roll Part 2" because Gary Glitter is a literal sex offender. That song isn't even that good. It's 90% "HEY." We've known about R. Kelly's fucked up past since Chappelle's Show was on the air (even earlier for people older than me....I didn't know about all the Aaliyah until I was a teenager). Now that he's behind bars for the next three decades, the Remix to Ignition is hot and fresh off our musical libraries.
But I don't wanna lose "Livin La Vida Loca," it brings back such great memories from childhood and is a certified banger (maybe not the best choice of words??). If you played this at a party before a month ago it'd get the place JUMPIN. Like this is just a fun, awesome song. It helped bring communities together. If these allegations are confirmed, I'll do the right thing and stop listening, but the world will be a little worse off without this track.
"Livin' La Vida Loca": Song of the Summer 1999-2022?
It goes without saying, but better safe than sorry...I also hope these allegations aren't true because of the incest.