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