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Anderson Cooper Outs Himself as the World's Biggest Sentimental Sap. Also, Super Gay.

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | July 2, 2012 | Comments ()


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This morning over on Andrew Sullivan's blog, Anderson Cooper admitted what we already know, and never really cared that much about. But I love his reasoning:

Recently ... I've begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It's become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something - something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.

I've also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.

The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.

I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don't think it's anyone else's business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I'm not an activist, but I am a human being and I don't give that up by being a journalist.

Check out the entire letter over on The Daily Beast. It's all goose-bumpy and great, and while I don't give a shit who Anderson Cooper sleeps with, I think it's great that he wants to assure everyone that he's got nothing to hide.

He's a sap, too, and God love him for it:


I love, and I am loved.

In my opinion, the ability to love another person is one of God's greatest gifts, and I thank God every day for enabling me to give and share love with the people in my life. I appreciate your asking me to weigh in on this, and I would be happy for you to share my thoughts with your readers. I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn't mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter's shield of privacy.

I am gay for Anderson Cooper now.



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  • Margrete


    As Michael K of Dlisted said; Happy Silver Fox Coming Out Day!

  • Nadine

    Oh Anderson. At this rate, you shall have to start paying the medical bills from all the swooning you make me do. Every time I read something fantastic you've done or said and giggle to myself, 'Oh, Mister Cooper, I do declare' people try to commit me, okay? So...just...damn it, you Silver Fox!

  • e jerry powell

    No, Dustin, you're gay for the cast of Magic Mike. Anderson Cooper is just collateral damage.

  • Pookie

    In my opinion Cooper is just like those professional athletes that come out of the closet after their careers are over. It’s so easy to come out when your personal and professional life are in a safe place. Cooper can now go around acting like he did something brave, bullshit, brave would have been coming out before the millions started rolling in.

     

  • e jerry powell

    Ummm, Anderson Cooper is a Vanderbilt (as in the son of Gloria Vanderbilt), remember? Not like he needs the millions from the CNN gig, so there must have been something else in play.

  • Pookie

    Fuck a Vanderbilt, my point is why didn't Cooper come out long ago?

  • Why should he? Apparently most everyone in his personal and professional environment knew it.
    Does he owe something to us because we watch him on television?

    Seems to me if the goal is for being gay to be exactly as accepted as being straight, we shouldn't be getting pissed off for someone choosing whether or not they choose to tell the planet which one they are.

  • Nadine

    He makes his point in the letter, which I am left to asume you didn't bother to read- he was a warzone reporter in the start of his career and to have been openly gay in certain parts of the world would have seen him and his crew harmed. That was his initial reason. He goes on to explain his rational in more depth. Try reading the letter.

  • pissant

    Recently … I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle.

    It's pretty simple to understand. He didn't want to ever comment on it because he felt it better to keep his private life private. Recently, he has been thinking about that decision and came to the conclusion that it would be better to divulge this information about his private life. So, that's why he is coming out publicly now.

    Cooper can now go around acting like he did something brave, bullshit, brave would have been coming out before the millions started rolling in.

    As for your original comment: he never claimed to be doing it so he could call himself brave. If you'd care to read what he wrote, the link is on this page.

  • MonkeyHateClean

    He was out - just not to his TV audience.

  • pissant

    +1 for trolling about something while not employing racism/sexism/any other kind of 'ism'. I still like you better when you don't troll...

  • Pookie

    Keep your obscene comments to yourself, buddy.

  • Slash

    Have always liked Cooper, that hasn't changed, I can even overlook his love of those godawful housewives shows. I wouldn't do that for just anybody.

  • BarbadoSlim

    I'm SHOCKED, I almost popped out of my speedo.

    PS: this commenting scheme sucks.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Ah, back from the Olympic Trials, I presume?

  • brite

    Ok...BSlim has returned I will deal with this newassfuckery of a commenting system just so I can say 'Welcome Back and where the fuck have you been?'

  • PaddyDog

    He's back!!!
    Just when I thought I was out, you produce old B'Slim and pull me back in.

  • ,

    Must have read the EE on Friday.

    Or ... could be an imposter.

    Prove you are the REAL BarbadoSlim, sir.

  • Erin S

    Good on you, Anderson.

    I'm just going to leave this here, for myself and other straight women everywhere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    Don't take it as disappointment with you being comfortable with who you are, just a way me to officially weigh in. Since you are the reigning number one in my "Five Freebies," I feel it's only appropriate to make my feelings known. Those feelings are: "Still. All day."

  • Nadine

    Erin. Yes. YES.

  • Rocabarra

    The plain and simple truth is that there is only one thing about Anderson Cooper that has ever mattered: the man is sex on wheels. Gay or straight, male or female, everyone wants a slice of the silver fox, and this (rightfully) changes nothing.

  • Drake

    Truth that.

  • Nadine

    Word.

  • $27019454

    Not only is he unafraid to state that he's gay, but he includes God in his revelation and capitalizes His name as well. I am sofa king queer for Cooper right now.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    "sofa king queer"....I don't know what that means, but I instinctively love it.

  • Eamon Doyle

    "Sofa king" = "so fucking."

  • Sara_Tonin00

    And I *knew* that too. Must have had a case of the Mondays.

  • Nadine

    That is genuinely my favourite new thing, ever. Sofa king. HA!

  • John G.

    It's an SNL bit.

  • Eamon Doyle

    And a Josh Joplin Group song title.

  • POINGjam

    Good. More and more people are turning blue of their own free will rather than waiting for society to paint them that way.

  • Brown

    Someday this type of article will get it's proper amount of media reporting. As in, it won't be reported at all.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Word.

  • ,

    I really don't care who's gay and who isn't. It doesn't affect me in the least. It's no business of mine what people do in their own homes. I used to think one of the guiding principles of conservatism (and I'm an economic conservative, for sure) was: You mind your own business and I'll mind mine. Used to think.

    I see two types of people in the world: Those who can get the job done and those who can't. That's pretty much all I care about.

    Given all that, I still find it odd that gay folks who come out feel they have to proclaim that they're "proud" to be gay. I mean, I'm straight, mostly (if I were a woman, I'd be a lesbian), but it's just a matter of fact. I never walk around thinking, you know, I'm really really proud to be hetero. Damn proud to be hetero. I think I'll tell everyone how proud I am to be hetero.* And I don't know why anyone would think like that.

    So, Anderson, good on ya for being honest with yourself and the rest of us and all that, but let's not oversell it, OK?

    *--And boy, would I catch shit for THAT.

  • L.O.V.E.

    *--And boy, would I catch shit for THAT.

    Oh, hello, "," . Welcome to the "Foot In Mouth Club". Please come in. It was getting lonely in here.

    The coffee and donuts are on the table. Care for a macaroon?

  • rogers

    I'm hetero and conservative (fiscal), but i totally support gay people and wish they could all be open without being judged.

    I dont care for AC one way or the other (he seems like a nice enough person though), but good for him.

  • Martin

    I should also say (in addition to the sharp rebuttals already written) that there isn't an entire political party and countless well-moneyed organizations dedicated to the denial of basic rights to heterosexuals.

  • BierceAmbrose

    The hell you say. They're against *anybody* having fun. (Haven't you seen Footloose?) Let's not be narrow-minded here.

  • Martin

    We'll bring that up during the next White History Month.

  • pissant

    Given all that, I still find it odd that gay folks who come out feel they have to proclaim that they're "proud" to be gay. I mean, I'm straight, mostly (if I were a woman, I'd be a lesbian), but it's just a matter of fact. I never walk around thinking, you know, I'm really really proud to be hetero. Damn proud to be hetero. I think I'll tell everyone how proud I am to be hetero.* And I don't know why anyone would think like that.

    When is the last time you've seen someone looked down upon because they are heterosexual? People who come out commonly say they are proud because so many people speak of them as if there is something wrong with them. Perhaps "proud" isn't the correct word...and I see that Muhnah_muhnah already offered "not ashamed", which is probably better. No matter what word they use they're trying to convey that there is nothing wrong with who they are, and more importantly that if someone else is feeling ashamed about their sexual orientation that there is nothing wrong with them, as well. Do you honestly not understand that?

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I think the "proud" means "not ashamed" because unfortunately most of the world still consider being gay as something to be ashamed of. The fact is heterosexual celebrities never have to "come out" and nobody discriminates them for it. You, very heterosexual male, never had to struggle and worry about losing your friends/job/family because of your sexuality, so yes, I suppose when you have the courage to be who you are despite all of this, then you should be "proud".

  • Derreck

    "But while I feel very blessed to have had so many opportunities as a journalist, I am also blessed far beyond having a great career.
    I love, and I am loved."

    --

    I just smacked the shit out of the floor from swooning so hard.

  • Melody Be

    Good for him.

  • Martin

    Love that he did this. Also love that he did this on (Gay, Conservative, Obama-Loving, HIV+, Catholic, brilliant Oxford Intellectual) Andrew Sullivan's blog and not through more conventional "gay" channels. Right and proper.

    Good on ya, Anderson.

  • e jerry powell

    The only thing I can say about Sully is that he's fuckable. I have very little use for him otherwise.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Time for a new, most-likeable gay contest?

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Ellen would still win, but he'd be a close second.

  • e jerry powell

    Nope. Still Neil Patrick Harris. All the way.

  • Nonsense. George Takei.

  • e jerry powell

    I dunno, I think Trump finds Takei a little threatening...

  • Which should give George the nod over the rest. If Trump is threatened by him, he must be a likeable person.

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