Rachel Maddow Outs Anderson Cooper, Denies Outing Him, Outs Him Again

Rachel Maddow Outs Anderson Cooper, Denies Outing Him, Outs Him Again

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We told you on Monday about Rachel Maddow’s interview with The Guardian in which she politely urged that other uber-famous gay journalist to go ahead and come out already. Heck, we even showed you an artist’s rendering of a Maddow-Cooper-John Stewart threesome. (Fun!)

Maddow is one of the very few gay news anchors in America – well, one of the very few openly gay news anchors. Does she feel frustration towards an equally well-known news presenter who is widely assumed to be gay but has never come out? For the first time, Maddow pauses:

“I’m sure other people in the business have considered reasons why they’re doing what they’re doing, but I do think that if you’re gay you have a responsibility to come out,” she says carefully.

Maddow is (again, politely) backtracking today, claiming she never meant that Anderson Cooper should come out. No, no, of course not. Surely we all understood she was referring to that other “equally well-known news presenter who is widely assumed to be gay but has never come out”. Ha!

On her Maddow Blog at MSNBC, she confronted the situation head on, albeit in a confusingly hilarious manner.

“Regarding The Guardian interview that’s getting a lot of pickup today: in that interview, I wasn’t asked about Anderson Cooper, I didn’t say anything about him, he literally was never discussed during the interview at all – even implicitly.

“Although Media-about-media today notwithstanding, I did not in my interview with The Guardian say anything about or to Mr. Cooper, nor would I. Although criticism of Mr. Cooper was intimated by The Guardian and picked up everywhere — I did not make that criticism in the interview, nor did I imply it, nor is it what I believe.

I’ve long held three basic beliefs about the ethics of coming out:

  1. Gay people — generally speaking — have a responsibility to our own community and to future generations of gay people to come out, if and when we feel that we can.
  2. We should all get to decide for ourselves the “if and when we feel that we can” part of that.
  3. Closeted people should reasonably expect to be outed by other gay people if (and only if) they prey on the gay community in public, but are secretly gay themselves.

We sniff what you’re scratching at, girl, but surely even you can appreciate the irony in you calling out Cooper by name as you pretend to not have outed him. Although, to be fair, he’s about as in as a newborn’s bellybutton that still has 4 inches of rotting umbilical chord hanging from it.

What do you think of this whole Maddow/Cooper she-said-she-didn’t-say-he-said-mum situation?

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