IUC Fashion: Message to Anderson Cooper – come out, come out wherever you are!

Posted on January 27th, 2009 by Erin H in IUC:Fashion

Last night on CNN – the station most likely to invoke suicidal ideation upon its viewers – I watched a segment that was actually psychologically interesting.  On AC 360, Anderson Cooper – arguably a man who has had a ‘glass closet’ custom designed for him – interviewed Alexandra Pelosi on her documentary about Ted Haggard – the recently sexually cleansed, gay, meth-loving, and jobless evangelical Christian.  Cooper’s focus in this interview hovered on Haggard’s inability to admit his homosexuality throughout the doc, while Cooper himself – gay from the top of his impeccably shorn head to his no-doubt gleaming, pedicured toes – has a parallel problem.  The interview was far less interesting than the tension floating in the unsaid – if Cooper was to publicly reveal his sexuality, his fate could be even worse than Haggard’s, who now travels America in a U-haul desperately searching for work.   

 CNN is as grossly right wing as evangelical America, but what about Hollywood?  Why in a world that’s always promoted itself as liberal are there so few out actors?  Is Scientology the Hollywood-religion equivalent to Evangelical Christianity?  Without L. Ron Hubbard would Tom Cruise allow himself to get plowed by Rupert Everett instead of marrying Holmes and Katie-strating himself?  If John Travolta did not ignore his sexuality and accept Hubbard’s hand perhaps he would not have a dead son right now.

 What is more, the list of gay stars is shockingly disproportionate to the list of lesbian starlets and a hell of a lot less sexy.  Harvey Fierstein might be comparable to Rosie O’Donnell, but who can we compare to Portia De Rossi or Lindsay Lohan or Jodie Foster or Anne Heche or Sandra Bernhard?  Rupert Everett only goes so far and Neil Patrick Harris/Doogie Howser did not graduate medical school as a teenager based on his good looks.   

This year America has a fresh start of it and Hollywood, at the dawn of the Oscars, should begin its OUT campaign.  Let every Oscar-toting actor who has ever used the golden statuette as a but-plug proudly reveal himself.  Summon all the third-AD’s who have had secret sex in Tom Cruise’s trailer to smile wide for the camera and say cheese.  And Jack Nicholson, as one of the last representatives of old Hollywood, should finally divulge the real reason for his Cheshire grin by bending over in his front row seat and taking it up the…     


  1. Kate said on January 27th, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    There is a lady who Tom was with, , lost that one, went after the next chocolate woman, he wanted a Will & Jada, but she told him, beat it. So here he is with KH. He was having sex with the first one. So is he bisexual?

  2. Kate said on January 27th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Also, I really do not see why it would hurt his career at all, (Anderson’s) he is a journalist, he does not play love interest. There are other gay journalist on other networks , can’t think who, but I know someone came out. He is more famous, but still, you would think what you described above would ruin his career more than coming out.It is just hypocritical. I like Anderson, great journalist, does the best job of anyone out there.

  3. Greg said on January 27th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Jodie Foster still won’t publicly confirm or discuss her sexuality. She remains as glass closeted as Anderson.

    CNN isn’t right wing, that’s FOX. It has Lou Dobbs, but even mostly clearly left MSNBC keeps Morning Joe.

    Anderson has done interviews about very closeted guy in beard marriages before and seemed just as intrigued and curious. They’re lives are a lot different than his has been, and his way looks much more healthy and comfortable. He’s just glass closeted, and he’s never publicly denied being gay or bearded. Up intil about 4 years or 5 years ago he was considered out by most people familiar with him. He’s still spotted going out for dinner and going on vacation with his boyfriend. When he lives with someone it’s a man, not a wife. A few years ago he gave his boyfriend a noticeably inimate thank you in his best selling book.

    Anderson gets outed all the time by magazines and online without him denying or complaining. It won’t be that big of a shock or have a huge impact if he comes out. Anyone who takes an interest in him discovers he’s gay as soon as they google him. Even without googling, it’s not hard to notice that he’s an extremely eligible seeming man who’s never been linked with a woman and who loves dishing on air about shows like American Idol and the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

    If Shep Smith, who has been rumored to be gay, came out of the closet he actually would be dealing with a right wing news network and shocked fans.

  4. section9 said on January 28th, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I hate to pan you here, Ian, but CNN isn’t right wing, they’re more like “Mainstream Democrat”. They are sort of like what the New York Times used to be before Pinch took them off the deep end and made a once towering newspaper a mouthpiece for the ruling party.

    Gay stars don’t come out for one simple reason: you can be an out lesbian and land a leading role and no one is going to care because audiences respond well to tough, butch women if the role calls for it. However, in the minds of the mass audience, “gay” = “interior decorator”. Let’s be clear, Liberace killed off the prospect for out of the closet gay men in Hollywood.

    You can’t be a Top Gun if your Gay in Hollywood. Cruise and his people know this. Do you really think he wants to be typecast as the Gay Uncle? Would he get the Gary Mitchell role in the Star Trek sequel? Probably not. But by remaining closeted, he keeps his options open. This is not fair; this is not even right, but I will bet you that even David Geffen gets this. Hollywood, despite its willingness to trot out failed film after failed film, has also put out films that have scored with motion picture goers.

    Hollywood gets their audiences.

    I keep wondering if Condi Rice will come out now that she is doing the William Morris thing and the talk show circuit. The difference is, she’s a woman and that’s seen to be acceptable. The rules are different for men. That may not be fair, but that’s Hollywood.

  5. Keith said on February 2nd, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Unfortunately people still cannot separate what gay men do in bed and what being gay is about. Though long strides have been made. There is still a lot of work to be done. People here in the States are too hung up on sex. I think as long as gay actors are in the closet they maintain a certain mystique. It seems the second they come out they lose that kind of marketability. Though gay fans are loyal there simply aren’t enough to support mainstream movies and media. However I could be wrong.

  6. IC said on September 24th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    If John Travolta did not ignore his sexuality and accept Hubbard’s hand perhaps he would not have a dead son right now.
    ???? This comment is so wrong, tasteless and ignorant!!!!!!

  7. Collier said on December 9th, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Why is everyone so damn interested in Anderson Cooper’s sex life? If he’s gay, so what? Leave him alone! It’s no one’s business! He’s made a name for himself as a journalist – not a porn star, for goodness sakes. I’m sure he’d rather be known as an intelligent, provocative and thorough journalist than a super blue-blood homo. Would you want people delving into your private sex life? As for all these other celebrities & movie stars, if it is, indeed, just sex, then why all the fuss? Geeze. You’d think we’d be more evolved about celebrity sexuality by now – or anyone’s sexuality for that matter. If you’re more interested in someone elses sex life other than your own, you have have way too much time on your hands.

  8. Gilberte Jolin said on January 18th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I love AC and I do not care about who he sleeps with. He a competent journalist and that is all that matters

  9. Christian said on October 16th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I have a pretty damn good sense of humor, but taking that cheap shot at John Travolta is by far the most disgusting thing you could have said. You are an asshole and have no business having a career as a journalist. You are a piece of shit.

  10. Shon said on May 15th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    What’s crazy is expecting people TO come out of the glass closet. It’s none of our damn business. I mean lawd, people “know” so what difference does it make if they get up to a podium or go do an exclusive for some mag and “admit” to being homosexual? That’s what’s wrong (well part of) in the world today. We are so all up in someone else’s business instead of tending to our own affairs.


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