Published on July 5th, 2012 | by tomkolovos2
ANDERSON COOPER IS A CELEBRITY, GET HIM OUT OF HERE: An Open Letter to Kathy Griffin on the Occasion of His Coming Out
“I’m not a genius. I’m just a working actress.”–Soapdish
Well, technically you’re not a working a actress either, unless you count your recent very well meaning post on The Daily Beast “I Would Never Have Dreamed of Outing Anderson Cooper,” though you are indeed, as you point out in the piece, a comedian.
And I believe you because it’s downright hysterical in a Kim Kardashian explains the Middle East peace process sort of way to read that you rationalize Anderson’s 20 year staycation in the closet as an international security incident. I’ve heard of a lot of good reasons to secretly felate hot hunky muscle boys, but never because it compromises journalistic integrity. That one is kinda hard to swallow, even for the Bravolebrity crowd you and Andy and the Salahis travel amongst.
Look Kathy, even Desiree Rodgers is laughing at your act now. Not to mention all the Cartagena hookers, which the Kardashian Foundation is helping get back on their backs again.
I bet Christiane Amanpour isn’t laughing though.
You might have heard about her hanging out at CNN. In case that name doesn’t ring a New Year’s bell, she’s the highly regarded straight female international journalist at CNN who doesn’t hang out on Bravo and who has been reporting from the most dangerous parts of the world for decades, even though she’s a woman. A woman reporting from parts of the world where women are not always respected within that profession or don’t have the right to such silly things as an education, voting rights, refusal of genital mutilation and arranged marriages and rape in war zones, just to name a few.
So maybe you see why the professional fear you have for your friend Anderson’s white, privileged, 1%er, celebrity gay ass in parts of the world hostile to gays is a bit…… disingenuously hypocritical.
On your part and his.
“I don’t want my friend to face that part of the world, where he might die a very different kind of death than someone who isn’t quite so honest.” Tell that to Christiane and get back to me when she stops laughing.
Yes, Kathy the closest you got to acting like you were serious was this passage:
The reality is that despite the very real, the very necessary, and the very life-changing progress we have made in this country in treating people across the sexual orientation spectrum with dignity and respect, America—the world—is not fully represented by Chelsea in New York City. It’s not fully represented by DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C.; the Castro; or West Hollywood. Hell, it’s not even Ft. Lauderdale and its Wilton Manors or Denver’s Capital Hill neighborhood. America is, in large part, small towns like Oxnard, Calif. It’s Sevierville, Tenn. It’s Laramie, Wyo. And it’s Wichita, Kan., where I was eating recently at a local diner and a patron asked me, “Kathy, how do you deal with so many goddamned fags?”
Exactly. So would you counsel kids in most of America to stay in the closet for fear of their safety in the gay war zones here at home? I bet not.
And the war zones just aren’t in the places you describe. They are also in posh Republican suburbs, elite college dorm rooms and corporate offices , the urban ghetto and even down the street where I live in Chicago. Oh, and the victims aren’t cuddly, coddled celebrities with resources to shield themselves from every manner of inconvenience.
So can we please stop the act? Anderson stayed in the fey closet until it was no longer convenient for the safety of his low rated syndicated reality/talk show, where the real money and fame come from, if it succeeds.
You’re the genius on that topic, though, so I will defer to you.
Consider it an act of kindness, like removing the box spring from Kim Kardashian’s backside. In the meantime, I’ll keep an eye out for you and Andy on “Good Morning America” rationalizing Robin Roberts’ life in the closet as a fear of getting mobbed on her way to the VIP seats of women’s basketball games.
“And so there I am on the first day, on the set, and there’s this guy fucking me from behind, right, and there’s these two huge guys dressed like cops in my mouth at the same time and I remember thinking to myself, “I like acting. I wanna study.”–Mira Sorvino in “Mighty Aphrodite”
Tom Kolovos is EIC of aControlledSubstance.com
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