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Rachel Maddow Tells Anderson Cooper to Come Out (Politely, of Course)

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Please disregard this amazing picture of a Cooper-Maddow-Stewart threesome. Or don’t. Whatev.

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.

— Rachel Maddow to The Guardian UK

  • Anonymous

    It’s not my business to tell someone else how to live their life. I realize I am a very opinionated person so I give myself a little elbow room. All that said, I do know people who know things. Whoever Maddow is addressing, yes, IMO public figures need to come out and represent.

  • ….HAHAHAHA what just happened.

  • GP

    I love how it’s totally ignored that she is a lesbian and the threesome is fmm. Herp derp

  • Anonymous

    It matters that he is a prominent public news figure, and that by not coming out, he is missing the chance to make other people value homosexuals as valid, industrious workers.

    Of course it is his choice- but is staying in the closet sending the message that gays aren’t taken seriously?

  • Anonymous

    i hear where you are coming from, i do…but in playing devil’s (and gay rights) advocate here, do we really need to know who anderson cooper likes to spoon at night in order to value and validify homesexuality?

  • I have to partially disagree with you, and i’m betting the reasoning behind your unwillingness to believe it is important is as simple as: you live in a blue state. As a red state resident, i say loudly “COME OUT, ALREADY!” and i say it to all, not just mr. cooper. It is the invisibility of our people that makes us so scary. It is the fact that because of the number of lgbts living in fear and darkness that the census showed us as a dwindling population. It is because of the lack of mainstream, respected faces that the average hetero has rapid access to in their everyday lives that we are misunderstood, demonized, and (in short) hated. It used to be incredibly easy to make mass populations believe that africans were born with tails, ate babies, had no cognitive skills before they had actually met and associated with them. Visibility (in positive lights) is the ONLY way we will ever win a battle in this nation; and make no mistake, gay rights IS a battle.

  • Anonymous

    i agree with you in many ways…i understand at the stage gay rights is at that visibility and coming out is integral to tolerance and acceptance. i can’t help that it frustrates me still that people can’t just be and that the minority has so much more to prove. as a teacher of 99.9% african american kids i know that because of their skin color and where they come from they have to work that much harder and be that much better than their peers because of these things. why do gay people have to be that much more divulgent about their personal lives at their work places? that’s an unfair burden. it is not my unwillingness to believe that it is important…i know that it is. my blue state by the way, ain’t so blue these days!

  • If Cooper wants to involve his private life in his public persona, that’s his business. If he’d rather not–for any reason!–that’s his business too. He doesn’t have to explain himself or defend his position either; he’s the man who reports the story, not the story itself. If he’d rather be quiet about what he may or may not be doing behind closed doors, nobody has the right to criticize him for it.

  • Jerry Ferraccio

    As long as he’s not DENYING he’s gay . . .