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Commentary :: Media
Is Anderson Cooper A Closet Case?
26 May 2006
By Diamond Dave
As a heterosexual married man I take for granted how open I can be about my life. I attend office parties, weddings, and get-togethers with my beautiful wife of 10 years without prejudices. Many of my friends are gay including my best friend. He’s been in a monogamous relationship for almost as long as I’ve been married. I’m cool with his way of life and he’s cool with mine. We have a mutual respect for each other and that’s how it should be.

Unfortunately, not everyone feels that way. Sure, many people say they accept homosexuals but when a woman learns that an incredibly good looking man is gay, her reaction is “all the good ones are gay” or “what a waste of a man.”

Why can’t we just accept people for who they are regardless of their sexual orientation? It’s because of the non-acceptance from the public that many gays and lesbians have to stay closeted. When I meet new people I don’t have a need to announce that “I’m a straight man” and I don’t expect gays and lesbians should have to announce their homosexuality either. We live in a society where our curiosity demands to be fed with someone sexual preference.

One of my gay friends has a professional job within a school system which would be in jeopardy if certain people found out about his sexuality. When he’s at work, he doesn’t talk about his love life and he attends office gatherings and social events alone. But at the same time, he would never cover-up or lie about it if someone found out. I give him courage for not feeling a need to wear his homosexuality on his sleeve but at the same time being proud of the way he was born.

For a famous person, it’s a harder task since their private life becomes big news on the front page of the National Enquirer. Famous people have no private life and if they are gay and in the closet, it can either help their career or carry a nasty consequence.

The Gawker web site among others is adamant about outing anchorman Anderson Cooper. Look up any web site dedicated to this man and the subject of his “questionable sexual preference” comes up along with much evidence and incidences to convince even the biggest skeptic that he’s gay. Everyone on one of these online fan based web sites knows about his gay lifestyle, patronage in gay bars, attending gay and lesbian functions, and the fact that he is living with his longtime boyfriend, 24 year old Julio Cesar xxxxx (last name purposely left out).

Even though he is mum about the subject, several friends of both Anderson and Julio seem to have come down with diarrhea of the mouth. Over the past few years there have been more and more websites devoted to the cause of outing Anderson Cooper. Ex-lovers, friends, acquaintances, and witnesses have told their stories about him on hundreds of web sites.

Anderson has been seen at dozens of social events and parties including the Vanity Fair post-Academy Awards party. Just like my friend, Anderson shows up alone without the boyfriend. If he were a straight man, a longtime girlfriend would surely have been there with him clutching his arm. The weight of hiding the sexual orientation leaves Julio (commonly known as Cesar) left out of the social life of the celebrity.

Could the pressure of his “openly closeted gay life” be making him a wee bit nervous?
A few months ago, ratings on his TV show, Anderson Cooper 360, plummeted. Last weekend at the Book Expo, Cooper, who appeared nervous speaking in front of the crowd, told the audience sarcastically that there were more people in that room than the number of viewers of his show. He also said his show “sucked for the past few months because he was busy writing his book.” That would seem to me as an invalid excuse since his manuscript was sent to the publisher last February, two months prior to the ratings drop. He obviously doesn’t think that the show lacked good ratings because it was monotonous.

I don’t believe for a minute that his low ratings had anything to do with his gay lifestyle but the anxiety is starting to show. Later that same day, Cooper delivered the Yale commencement speech where he said, “The only thing about high school I remember is my senior prom," the CNN anchor said. "If what I remember is true, it is very possible that some of you are my children, especially you with the blue eyes and freakishly gray hair"

Anderson has said a few times that he never attended his high school prom because he was in Africa. Was this comment an outright lie in an attempt to make people believe he’s straight? It leaves me to wonder, is he under the impression that his ratings will improve if we think he dates women?

So much for “Keeping Him Honest.”

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Re: Is Anderson Cooper A Closet Case?
26 May 2006
Does anybody care?
Re: Is Anderson Cooper A Closet Case?
26 May 2006
who is anderson cooper?
Re: Is Anderson Cooper A Closet Case?
26 May 2006
I keep hearing this name. But who watches the show? Only in America can you be famous without fans or without most people having any idea of who you are.

If he is in the closet, no one cares. that should be one thing he need not worry about.
Re: Is Anderson Cooper A Closet Case?
27 May 2006
OK, Diamond Dave, you claim to have no prejudices about sexual preference. In fact, you state that you "don’t expect gays and lesbians should have to announce their homosexuality" so what, exactly, is the point of this STUPID article???? The fans of Anderson Cooper don't care about his sexuality. We care about the quality and manner of his reporting. He is one of the most "real" people on TV.