Yesterday an email from Anderson Cooper to longtime friend Andrew Sullivan was published via The Daily Beast where Cooper announced that he was gay, and gave reasons for why he hadn't come out publicly before. In another piece for the Beast, comedian Kathy Griffin talks about her friendship with the journalist and why she doesn't out people.
Kathy explains that while she, and Anderson, openly joke about the ridiculousness of reality tv, she felt the need to talk around the issue of Cooper's sexuality.
Believe it or not, I don’t “out” people. It is neither my business nor my desire. Remember, folks, I am a comedian, not a journalist. These weren’t questions where I could make a joke about Ryan Seacrest getting a mani/pedi. This isn’t a joke I make about whether Oprah and Gayle are gay lovers. I have no idea if Oprah and Gayle are gay lovers. I doubt they are, but as a comedian, I find some comedy in picturing those two girls running the world as a power couple. Anderson is someone who has led a very specific kind of professional life, who never talked and simultaneously exhibited social contradictions. And quite frankly, he never gave me permission to speak about something that represented the one part of his life he was not comfortable having confirmed in the media. But in my dealings with a certain sector of the press, that simply was never good enough.
So while I’ve tried to protect my friend and represent him the way he would most prefer, I was never exactly clear on just how to do it, how to say it. One year, while in the middle of doing several interviews to promote 'New Years Eve Live on CNN,' I had a discussion with Anderson about it. “For Christ’s sake, Anderson, I’ve been getting asked as much about your sexuality as I have about my own show!” I said. He said: “Kathy, I don’t get asked as much about my sexuality as you get asked about my sexuality. But here’s my standard party line: ‘I want to report the news. I don’t want to be the news.’”
Although Anderson has a pretty cushy desk dob over at CNN, he's still a journalist and now that he is publicly out, doing certain field reports could put him in harm's way. Naturally, Kathy worries about her friend.
Here’s the thing: I love my friend Anderson and remain immensely proud of him. And I’m honored, truly, that he considers me a friend. But I just want him to be careful. Of course he wouldn’t be doing his job if he really were being careful. And he wouldn’t be who he is.
We here at Dipped in Cream love both Kathy and Andy. BRAVO! (No pun intended!)
Written by: Brittani
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