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

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Oh you two!

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?

  • While reading your story about Rachel Maddow’s non-outing of Anderson Cooper, I noticed a link to “Roger Ebert’s showing Unicorn Booty some love”….in light of all this talk about being yourselves and embracing who you are, I think you do Mr Ebert a disservice showing a photo of him from well before his well-storied cancer journey and subsequent triumph of it. I doubt he asked you to use the photo you have, as he seems to be very proud of where he is today. So why not show Mr Ebert as the proud cancer survivor he is, in all his glory and be true to the convictions this site espouses?

  • You can’t out someone everyone already knows is gay. Hell, in 2007 he was ranked #2 in *Out* magazine’s 50 “Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America.”

  • Maria, I picked the Ebert photo because of his thumbs up only. I definitely took everything you said into consideration, and truth be told, wasn’t sure what Mr. Ebert would have preferred. After some internal deliberation, I settled on the thumbs up. These are the types of things that we absolutely do consider here at UB. The right decision isn’t always clear, but we do strive to make them. While you may disagree with the photo I used, I hope this gives you a better understanding of why I chose the one I did.

    Thanks for your support and wonderful insight!


  • Lexi Suarez

    I agreed with her original statement and did not take it to mean she wanted to out anyone or was demanding that anyone be outed. I am 100% behind her three basic beliefs about the ethics of coming out.

  • Michael B

    I saw the show and she never once mentioned him or any other news person or media figure. I was secretely hoping she was talking about Bill O’reilly. I firmly believe she was speaking in general terms. I agree those in any position of authority, or success does have a responsibility to be a role model for people that feel they have none. I also agree if people in authority, as many congressmen have, abuse their position to verbally gay-bash and found later to be gay, deserve to be outed in the most public way possible. This can show members of our community, and others, hypocrosy [sic] will not be tolerated.

  • Terrell Wallin

    his whole entire situation is that he’d rather keep his personal life out of the media because he doesn’t want the same thing to happen to him that happened to his mother when she was put into the media spotlight. It’s his decision what he makes public.

  • I think it’s a non issue. Yes, Anderson is gay. No, I don’t care if he comes out and I don’t care about the stories about him coming out or not or whatever. I love Unicorn Booty, I do! But I don’t really care about this bit of news beyond the fact that I feel like I should comment on the fact that I don’t care. Wait.. what?

  • MrsB

    Should every straight person in the media have to make an announcement that they are straight? Why should anyone have to announce their sexuality in public. If someone chooses to keep their private life private, more power to them! Better than getting shots of them smoking a bong or pictures of them showing their knickers getting out of a car.

  • Hee hee “he’s about as in as a newborn’s bellybutton”

  •  How is she in any way outing him? You are REALLY reading between the lines here.

  • Plano Guy

     She was not “referring” to AC. Think FOX…Last name Smith…..Anyone?

  • Anonymous

    “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!”

    That is rank speculation on your part which is predicated on erroneous assumption that there is only one “well-known news presenter who is widely assumed to
    be gay but has never come out”. Shepard Smith on FOX is also gay, but not out. Stop causing trouble for gay people who aren’t causing trouble for the gay community. That’s just evil.

  • Malola Zap

    Well, I don’t agree.
    I don’t think she outed A. Cooper.
    People just love to fill the blanks…
    Finally, I don’t think Mr. Cooper has an “obligation” to come out. I think sexuality is a personal issue. If he comes out (assuming he’s actually gay), good for him. If he doesn’t, well… Good for him too.
    I don’t think Queer people have an “obligation” to come out… but I do agree is nice… and a positive thing to do it. You’re setting an example by showing that openly queer people are not freaks, we’re just regular folks living our lives… and also, it gives us visibility.
    I agree with her three basic beliefs about the ethics of coming out.

    Finally, the tone and words of your article… well, given that you’re reading to much in between the lines sounds like YOU are the one outing Mr. Cooper. Don’t try to make it look like Ms. Maddow is outing him when this is obviously a gossip article.
    You’re the one doing the outing, dude. Don’t try to play pretend that you’re the good one defending Cooper (or at least just “reporting” what she did) and that Maddow is the evil one for outing him.
    She never said a name nor make it obvious for that matter… You’re the one filling the blanks and outing the guy.
    And no. Just because it’s you doing the outing doesn’t mean it’s cool.