We can’t wait to dive again into our youths and be taught extra about Latinx icon Walter Mercado, whose voice we are able to nonetheless hear in our heads saying the names of the astrological indicators in Spanish (many people even realized the Spanish names for the indicators because of him and his signature exaggerated “r” trill).
The flamboyant and androgynous Puerto Rican TV astrologer is the topic of Netflix’s newest documentary that borrows its title from Walter’s catchphrase: Mucho Mucho Amor.
The extravagant, cape-donning fortune teller was a hero to a whole era of Latinx youths, and even perhaps extra so within the Latin LGBTQ+ group, who felt an innate kinship with the gender-nonconforming persona.
On the finish of his life particularly, audiences wished to know for sure whether or not Walter Mercado was homosexual or straight, and whether or not he had a major different in his life. Maintain studying for every thing we learn about this personal determine’s personal life.
Was Walter Mercado homosexual?
Walter was in a league of his personal, that a lot we are able to all agree with. Walter helped many viewers see past the constraints of the gender binary.
Comic Gabe Gonzalez described the superstar as “bizarre and delightful and eccentric and wearing extravagant capes I might attempt to imitate utilizing my grandmother’s sheets,” including, “he defied every thing I might been taught about how I ‘ought to’ act as a Puerto Rican man.”
Certainly, Walter carved a particular place for himself that appeared to exist other than each tv norms and conventional Latino machismo. On prime of that, he wasn’t topic to many rumors or speculations about his sexuality — “You do not ask about what you possibly can see,” says an LGBTQ activist whose angle is “held by many” from Walter’s era — and acquired a move for his larger-than-life persona.
“It is the believable deniability that chauvinist or homophobic audiences want with the intention to give Walter the move that they wanted … to benefit from the message he was sending them,” Mucho Mucho Amor producer Alex Fumero mentioned to AP, explaining why Walter made the selection by no means to publicly focus on his sexual orientation, except for his “religious relationship” with Brazilian dancer Mariette Detotto.
“This can be a tradition that is been dominated by machismo and homophobia for a really very long time,” he mentioned, including that Walter was “actually courageous” and that his silence about his orientation allowed him to be embraced by the LGBTQ+ group, with out alienating extra conservative audiences who may need rejected an out-television star.