Daily Archives: September 12, 2005

It pops up four cyberpages into New York Magazine’s massive Anderson Cooper profile :

There has been a lot of chatter on the Internet about the fact that Cooper may or may not be gay, and Village Voice columnist Michael Musto has taken pleasure in quoting the gay magazine Metrosource, which has referred to Cooper as “the openly gay news anchor.” It has been assumed in certain circles in New York partly because he lives what looks to some to be a gay social life. He’s often seen at parties with Barry Diller, and he’s friends with the lead singer from the outre gay rock band the Scissor Sisters. And then there was the tempest in a teapot regarding a slightly heated interview last fall with Jerry Falwell about gay marriage. Some Cooper-obsessed bloggers insist that the anchor outed himself on the air, taking the gay side of the debate and saying, “We pay taxes.” They claim CNN originally posted a transcript with the “we” and then later changed it to “You pay taxes.” Cooper has maintained all along that he said “you.”

When I bring up the sexuality issue with Cooper, he says, “You know, I understand why people might be interested. But I just don’t talk about my personal life. It’s a decision I made a long time ago, before I ever even knew anyone would be interested in my personal life. The whole thing about being a reporter is that you’re supposed to be an observer and to be able to adapt with any group you’re in, and I don’t want to do anything that threatens that.”

OK, let’s back up a bit.

“Michael Musto has taken pleasure”

Now what is that about? Why shouldn’t Musto be pleased about the fact that an important news anchor and Total Babe is apparently “openly gay.” Hey, he’s spotted at all the usual Chelsea watering holes, and when covering the Charles and Camilla wedding screamed “Oh look, it’s Joanna Lumley!” Doesn’t get any gayer, does it. And as Anderson isn’t attached to anyone at the moment his every appearance screams Husband Material ! to the same-sex-marriage-minded. In other words, he’s no Shepherd Smith.

Or so we thought.

“He’s often seen at parties with Barry Diller”

Now THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is the “Money Quote.” Imagine poor Barry, after having gone to the trouble of actually marrying Diane Von Furstenberg, and he’s STILL the ne plus ultra of celebrity gaydom!

I shall never forget that day back in the early 90’s when he formed the AIDS org, “Hollywood Supports” and was going to come out on the pages of The Advocate only to change his mind. I was chatting at the time with the magazine’s editor, the late great Richard Rouilard when suddenly a call came in — from the plane! Barry had changed his mind and Ricjard, trying desperately to talk him down turned into Karen Black in Airport 1975. But to no avail. The closet door was shut.

And so it is with Coop.

Some Cooper-obsessed bloggers insist that the anchor outed himself on the air, taking the gay side of the debate and saying, “We pay taxes.” They claim CNN originally posted a transcript with the “we” and then later changed it to “You pay taxes.” Cooper has maintained all along that he said “you.”

Yep, he weasled out of it. As to the “Cooper-obsessd,” you’ll find us at Datalounge, making considerable sport of Mr. Emo.

“You know, I understand why people might be interested.”

No you don’t, dear. We need openly gay journalists on the front line speaking into major microphones. This isn’t a circuit party.

“But I just don’t talk about my personal life. It’s a decision I made a long time ago, before I ever even knew anyone would be interested in my personal life. “

So if you were straight you would never have mentioned the wife and kids.

Yeah, sure.

“The whole thing about being a reporter is that you’re supposed to be an observer and to be able to adapt with any group you’re in, and I don’t want to do anything that threatens that.”

And being gay threatens that? It is truly odd that Anderson Cooper has risked life and limb, seen mortal horrors none of us can imagine, yet is terrified of saying the simple words “Yep, I’m gay.”

Can the fool and replace him with Ellen.

She’s got guts.

He’s a wuss.