July 3, 2012

Kudos to Anderson Cooper as Eye Rolling & Gasping Live Together Again. I Want to Ask You All Something, k?

Whenever a celebrity officially comes out of the closet there are two things that happen -- the gays roll their eyes and the straights gasp.  I'd like to see if perhaps we all could meet somewhere in the middle...perhaps at shrugging shoulders.  If there are any straight people who don't want gays to marry because it's a "religious issue" and not a "human rights" issue out there that read this blog (I hear 10% of all pop culture-related, relatively educated and smart-arsed blogs readers just might be of the far-right orientation )...let me ask you this, it doesn't say in the Bible or in any laws that people have to officially announce in the press that they are straight or gay, so why do only gay celebrities from a social standpoint have to do this?  That doesn't seem very fair from a very basic human rights issue, does it?  Now, start from there and work your way up to marriage equality and see if you can see the thread of human rights issues without simply getting to marriage and then tying it up with a religious bow.  Thank you, Anderson.  Sorry you had to do that...

CNN recently saw its ratings plummet to their lowest point since 1991 as it continues to try to capture the "middle ground" of cable news viewers between right-leaning Fox News and left-leaning MSNBC, and has been looking for something to shake up its approach — but it may not have had in mind putting the lifestyle of its lead anchor under the spotlight. This week, Anderson Cooper came out in a letter online, saying "the fact is, I'm gay," adding in a note to the Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan that he had kept his sexual orientation private for personal and professional reasons, but came to think that remaining silent had given some people an impression that he was ashamed. He said that in a perfect world, it wouldn't be anyone's business, but that there is value in "standing up and being counted." "Even though my job puts me in the public eye, I have tried to maintain some level of privacy in my life," Cooper wrote. In part, he wrote, that has been for professional reasons: "I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist," he added, the NY Times reports. Cooper, according to his colleagues, was bothered by news reports of bullying and other forms of discrimination against gays — reports that he has covered extensively on his "AC 360" news program on CNN, as well as his daytime talk show, "Anderson." Those incidents, along with the fact that being publicly gay "just isn't a big deal anymore," contributed to his decision to speak publicly about his sexuality, one of his former producers said, according to the Times report.