Yes, you read the headline correctly: Latin singer Ricky Martin [pictured] "declared he will try to change negative perceptions of Arab youth in the West."
Speaking in Jordan, Martin noted, "I promise I will become a spokesperson, if you allow me to, a spokesperson on your behalf. I will defend you and try to get rid of any stereotypes."
Martin added that he could relate to Arab children who felt as though they were being categorically labeled as terrorists: "I have been a victim of stereotypes. I come from Latin America and to some countries, we are considered `losers,' drug traffickers, and that is not fair because that is generalizing."
In terms of strategy, Martin offered the following: "Those comments are made out of ignorance and we have to sometimes ignore the ignorant, but we also have to educate the ignorant."
To be sure, Martin is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and runs a foundation that addresses various social ills, including child pornography and prostitution.
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