I am not sure what the big deal is. Everybody knows he is gay. He has never hidden the fact. Does he have to begin every newscast by saying Welcome 360 I'm Anderson Cooper and I am a fag. Let it go! There is nothing wrong with being private. Why must he or any other gay person be forced to discuss their private life just to make bloggers and other media types happy. Why can't he just be who he is....Hot, smart and private. Geez. Oh did I say hot already.
Posted by: Donald | Apr 14, 2005 2:34:10 PM
You're right. It's not a big deal.
But for someone who is so "private" he sure talks openly about his mother's sex life and brother's suicide.
Though his mother has talked about her own sex life rather openly and as far as his brother's death I don't have an answer.
But my point is everybody knows, he has said we instead of them when talking to a guest about gay marriage a taxes a few months ago. I just do not understand why it has been such the hot topic since the M. Musto column.
Posted by: Donald | Apr 14, 2005 3:33:07 PM
Did anyone see him at Conan's last night? Or should I say early this morning? He was charming, sexy, funny, witty and very, very gay....
Posted by: gabe | Apr 14, 2005 3:53:07 PM
"My Wife She Aint!" Anderson Cooper said on his show about people confusing the other Anderson who was hosting with him 'The Royal Wedding'. He kinda answered as if to say "I'm Gay!" Its an open secret that he is....
Posted by: terry | Apr 14, 2005 3:58:11 PM
he looks out of place in that party. Just because he's gay i hope Anderson is not confused about his place in the world, he is CNN's MVP.
Posted by: Terry | Apr 14, 2005 4:01:07 PM
I think he looks out of place because he is personaly fairly conservative (I don't mean his politics) but his personal style and demeanor.
Posted by: Donald | Apr 14, 2005 4:22:34 PM
Everyone knows? Ha. WE KNOW, but Mr. and Mrs. Ohio doesn't, and every article about Anderson avoids saying anything about his love life. It's like the Rosie O'Donnel thing a couple of years ago. US Magazine, People Magazine, USA TODAY, whatever....they'd profile her and not say anything about the fact she was gay. But they'd have other articles about other celebrities that would routinely mention their romantic interests. Of course the writers of those articles knew, they just didn't say. You go to downtown Peoria, Illinois and ask everyone who walks by if Anderson Cooper is married and I 99 out of 100 people will say either "he must be" or "I don't know." I bet 1 in 100 would know he was gay. Until a celebrity says it, until profiles of a celebrity routinely treat it like no big deal, most people DO NOT KNOW IT.
Posted by: James | Apr 14, 2005 7:16:09 PM
Here's what Michael Musto had to say to justify his OUT Magazine article taking Anderson Cooper to task for not coming out. I think all of Musto's arguments are right on target:
BY MICHAEL MUSTO:
In addition to some touching support, I've gotten a steaming heap of flack for my current Out magazine article in which I examine why CNN's fabulous Anderson Cooper hasn't come out or been at least asked about his sexuality in the lengthy but guarded profiles written about him. A lot of the people attacking me haven't even read the piece, which references my Voice writings and which is not a screed at all—it's just a questioning look at why Cooper's open-secret life hasn't gotten ink, a practice he obviously goes along with.
Still, I'm getting all the same old arguments from the early '90s and have to drag up all those hoary, old defenses in response. You know: "How do you know he's gay?" Gee, well, I'm a reporter.
"His off-camera life is private and I don't care about it." ... Good, then I presume you'll scream the same sentiments at anyone who dares to write about Brad and Jen, Ben and Jen, Katie Couric's fling, Diane Sawyer's marriage, Lindsay Lohan's gropefests, and so on and so on. And don't let me catch you reading any of those items, by the way. You're not interested, remember?
"But some of those people have been spotted doing stuff in public." ... Well, Anderson's been seen at gay spots.
"No one's forced to come out." ... I never said anyone was (though they certainly should). In fact, I gently examine the reasons why he won't.
"But he IS out." ... Sort of, but not on the record. And if he IS out, why are you so upset about the article?
"But he never said he was straight." ... Yeah, that's in the article. And I never said he was straight either. I said he was gay.
"Outing is disgusting." ... But you didn't think so with David Gest, Al Reynolds, Fabien Basabe, Mario Vasquez, or even the false rumors about Marcia Cross coming out or all the Jacko jokes (which started way before his public travails). Not one person complained to me about any of those reports. So producers, party boys, singers, "freaks," and women are OK to report about, just not newsmen (and former Mole hosts)?
"I thought it was disgusting with them too. Outing is just gross." ... But what's gross about saying someone's gay? It's OK to be gay, remember? Project much, dear?
"But my cousin was outed and . . . " ... Wait, your cousin is not a public figure. There are different rules for celebrities.
"We should only out our enemies and hypocrites." ... So I should only reveal when HORRIBLE people are gay? That would really advance the gay cause, wouldn't it? In my book, outing isn't only trotted out as a revenge tactic—it's a statement of equalizing and truth.
"You're just outing someone to get your activist credentials." ... Please—I was doing this before it was cool. I outed Methuselah.
"You're just jealous of Anderson." ... No, I'm actually very proud of Anderson and in fact the article is wildly appreciative of his talent and charm. It's just saying he's smart, successful, and happens to be gay too.
"You're out of line!" ... But I write about celebrities' personal lives for a living. To leave out anything gay because it might seem distasteful to someone would be extremely hypocritical. And the media certainly didn't omit mention of Anderson's brother's tragic suicide. Nor do they avoid covering all kinds of celebrities' adulterous affairs, out-of-wedlock babies, narcotics problems, bad movies, or gross misbehavior.
"But after your writeup, someone on Don Imus's radio show made homophobic remarks about Anderson." ... So I should never say anyone's gay because someone else might make a dumb comment about it? In that case—you heard it here first—Jamie Foxx is white.
"This will ruin his career." ... One 800-word article in a gay magazine? And a pretty gushy one at that? Besides, I'm not making him gay, I'm just saying he is.
"If he came out himself, it could hurt his career." ... But the article addresses that. The article, in fact, covers practically all the bases. You should read it.
"You didn't ask him for comment." ... I asked CNN for a comment from Anderson and/or themselves. They apparently didn't even forward it to him, they just responded by sending me a blanket no comment. Besides, in the past, Anderson's turned down the chance to be labeled "gay." And when New York Daily News columnist Ben Widdicombe asked him if he had any comment about the Out piece, he said "No."
"This is sick!" ... Oh, really? And you're on that website all day where the fake Marcia Cross thing started and where they relentlessly out celebrities, including a lot of people who aren't even gay? I'd say you're conflicted. Oh, and probably gay too!
Posted by: Bill | Apr 14, 2005 7:20:58 PM
didn't we already beat this topic to death last month?? i'm bored with it.
Posted by: kelly | Apr 15, 2005 9:33:54 AM
Why have people focused on Anderson when obviously, the main focus of this picture is Mandy's lips. BTW, if anyone watches Guiding Light, she looks so much like Carly to me hehe.
If Anderson Cooper was Gay that would be the end of it. What proof do you have that he is really Gay?
Hope he's not 'coz he needs an heir to continue his legacy...
Posted by: MARIE | Aug 9, 2005 4:02:27 AM
Dear eveyone, I know for a fact that Cooper Anderson, is bi, at least he was about 4 years ago. I had sex with him, and I,m a girl. A "cutey" brunette... I won,t go into "complete", details, but he was, "hotsie-totsie". I didn,t give him, my phone number, even though, he asked me, more than once for it. I know, I was a "dumb" bunny, but I have met so many celebrities, I treat all the fellas, like "average_joe,s. Maybe, that,s why theyv,e all liked me. Well! Maybe we,ll see each other, again, someday. I loved his "beautiful" chest,sexyyyyyyy.....Well! Asta La vista!
Posted by: gigi+++++ | Feb 19, 2006 1:41:56 AM
GIGI - you're story cannot be true because his name is ANDERSON COOPER, not COOPER ANDERSON.
Posted by: oh please | Jun 5, 2006 6:51:27 PM
Don,t be so jealous, and quick to judge. "Oh please", jealousy doesn,t suit you. You must be gay, since it, seems to disturb you about my SEXual encounter, with him. Don,t hate! and if you check it out when he first started on CNN, he used the name Cooper Vanderbilt. Duh! look it up since, you think your such an expert on him. Ha! ha!
Posted by: gigi | Sep 23, 2006 12:35:58 AM
I think Anderson has a legitimate career-related reason for keeping his sexuality out of the spotlight: he's a journalist, and when he's on location in places like Afghanistan or Pakistan or Nigeria, if he were widely known to be gay in places like that, his life might be in very real danger. This scenario played out recently when a Canadian journalist was taken hostage in Iraq; his partner and family had to quickly "closetize" him so that his captors wouldn't find out and leave his head by the roadside. Another scenario was the recent beating (causing brain damage) of a CBS journalist in the notoriously homophobic Caribbean. International journalism isn't the sort of career where you have the same liberty to just be "out" that other people might enjoy. There are several gay journalists you watch every night (oh, you don't watch the news?) who have the same issue--and you probably are unaware of the other gay ones. My theory is that, since Anderson is hot and looks good in a tailored suit, we sooner expect him to be out on the job in countries where there are raving lunatic homophobes in power than other journalists who also take risks on assignment (more often than Anderson does) who are less good-looking...
Posted by: asdkjf | Oct 2, 2006 10:24:12 AM
I love to watch Anderson and it is his decision to come out. Geez, if my career was at stake I would just let people just keep on guessing. Good luck in everything you do. Keep up the great work, and most of all keep telling the truth without your own personal spin.
Posted by: Andante | Oct 3, 2006 1:25:37 PM
I don't know why everyone just assumes that Anderson is gay. Has it crossed anyone’s mind that Anderson maybe a VIRGIN? He is a very shy person when he is out of the journalist/news/public speaker environment and I'm sure that his circle of close friends is small and tight knit.
I mean there has not been anything in print, in public or on tv about any one TRUE person that has BEEN with Anderson out right that would suggest that he is gay or straight. That right there says a lot to me, that either the people that have BEEN with him are very, very, very loyal or the man's checkered past isn't so checkered.
Anderson has stated many a times that he is pale, skinny with gray hair. He doesn’t see the appeal that people sees in him. I don’t know where this comes from, but the man may have just a touch of low self esteem about his overall physical appearance.
When about 60% of the country thinks that being gay, acting gay, and engaging in homosexual activity is (sinfully) wrong, disgusting, and abhorent, it is VERY, VERY important that someone like Anderson be "out."