Anderson Cooper has announced that he’s gay. Why is that important? It isn’t. Why did he do it? Because being gay is all the rage in media land. Since his show on CNN stinks, then why not, it could only help. But then again, why should it? There’s nothing to being gay that has anything to do as his job as a journalist. Isn’t this the anti-discrimination mantra?
Cooper gives his reasons for coming out in a Yahoo News article here. In it Cooper responds to a question by Daily Beast writer Andrew Sullivan:
Sullivan, who is gay and is a longtime friend of Cooper’s, had asked the CNN anchor for his reaction to a recent Entertainment Weekly story—”The New Art of Coming Out”—which was, in part, about the importance of gay celebrities coming out of the closet to combat America’s bullying epidemic.
We’re going to have to take Sullivan’s and Entertainment Weekly’s word that there is an epidemic of bullying. If it were me and bullying were epidemic, I think I would keep my personal life personal. After all there is a bullying epidemic. Cooper goes on to say:
Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle…
It’s hard to imagine just what unintended outcome could result. What are the intended outcomes? He goes on:
…It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something—something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.
But it is true. If someone had the impression that Cooper was hiding something, could it be because he was hiding something? Where is the mistake? What ever happened to mind-your-own-business?
And none of this matters if only for the purpose of self-aggrandizement. Now Cooper has made himself a news story and he is so proud of himself. His reasons for coming out are therapy-speak and even in that it makes no sense.
Whenever I see his show nothing will change, except, as usual, the channel. He’s not an awful journalist; in fact he’s not all that bad. Now he’s not only a journalist but he’s a gay journalist and it should make no difference but for some post-modern absurdity it does. Now Cooper will receive accolades from the left for his “courage” and may even get a call from our silly President.