A managing partner of a Sacramento jewelry store was met with vandalism on Thursday morning. According to a report by local ABC affiliate News 10 on April 10, an anti-gay slur was painted on the front window of the establishment, but the actual target seemed to be aimed at Grammy Award-winning Mexican pop star Julieta Venegas.
As a police report states, the word “F**” covered a series of posters promoting the star’s April 27 performance in Sacramento and may have been aimed at the star because she has been rumored to be gay or bisexual. Whether the rumors are true or not, the vandalism angered event promoter Miguel Castillo of Life Entertainment, who called out the ignorance.
“You have to be ignorant to do something like this. What do you gain from that? You don’t gain anything. You just gain people knowing how stupid you are.”
The 42-year-old singer/songwriter a multi-instrumentalist who has a distinct Mexican-American sound that has catapulted her as a major pop star in Latin music. She has not addressed rumors of her sexuality because like other celebrities who have faced rumors, she doesn’t believe she has to.
Her focus is on her music and how she expresses to those who are fans. Unfortunately, the person guilty of the vandalism is not a fan of her expression and who they perceive her to be. The person or people involved in this have also angered the managing partner of Prestigio Jewelers.
Victor Herrado said his business located on Franklin Boulevard had never been vandalized before and challenged whoever painted the slurs to meet with him face to face and discuss their concerns. He told News 10,“I’m not trying to shut somebody up. We’ve got a free speech issue. But don’t be a coward about it.”
Cowardice behavior may definitely be at the forefront as the Sacramento Police Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime. Julieta Venegas is still scheduled to perform in Sacramento. The perpetrators have not prevented the show from going on.