CNN anchor comes out… Anderson still closet case

Written by on May 15, 2011 in Uncategorized - 6 Comments

I like Don Lemon a lot. He is an intelligent host and an honest one.  Andersen may make more money, but this guy has integrity. Congratulations, Don.

New York Times: Gay CNN Anchor Sees Risk in Book:

“I’m scared,” he said in a telephone interview. “I’m talking about something that people might shun me for, ostracize me for.”

Even beyond whatever effect his revelation might have on his television career, Mr. Lemon said he recognized this step carried special risk for him as a black man.

“It’s quite different for an African-American male,” he said. “It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the black community they think you can pray the gay away.” He said he believed the negative reaction to male homosexuality had to do with the history of discrimination that still affects many black Americans, as well as the attitudes of some black women.

“You’re afraid that black women will say the same things they do about how black men should be dating black women.” He added, “I guess this makes me a double minority now.

6 Comments on "CNN anchor comes out… Anderson still closet case"

  1. Bill May 18, 2011 at 12:31 am · Reply

    I’ve enjoyed viewing CNN on weekends when Don Lemon has hosted. I’ve always thought he was intelligent, fair, honest, etc. That he came out is further confirmation to me that he’s a man of integrity. Congratulations, Don.

  2. ChicagoJim May 19, 2011 at 8:30 am · Reply

    Let’s leave Anderson out of it. He’s gay, so what? He’s never done anything to harm, like Foley, Craig, etc.

  3. Michael Rogers May 19, 2011 at 8:33 am · Reply

    @ChicagoJim

    Anderson Cooper is a man in a major position of power in this country.

    This bullshit about “I need to remain unbiased” is just silly. As Don Lemon said when asked a question like it “I have a mortgage, does that mean I can’t report on the mortgage industry.”

    Anderson at this [point is condoning the closet.

    • ChicagoJim May 19, 2011 at 11:50 am · Reply

      Mike,
      So now you out based on “condoning the closet” in addition to actively opposing homosexual rights? I don’t know, Mike. I have support your efforts for years, but in remembering how hard it was for me to come out in the 60′s, I don’t think I can support outing for “condoning the closet”. If Anderson were employed by Fox News, and spewed their homo-odious litany, I’d say go for it; however, in many of his reports, he has shown remarkable empathy for gay rights. Besides, we all know he’s gay, and so do all of my “straight” friends. My vote remains to leave him alone and let him come out if and when he’s ready. Maybe his boyfriend will drag him out, having tired of Anderson’s closet! LOL
      Friendly Regards,
      Jim

  4. Tony L May 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm · Reply

    Wow, this is less about Lemon and more about Cooper it seems, even though it’s Lemon’s story. I wasn’t a huge fan of Lemon’s (found him a little bland) but he’s competent. My two cents about Cooper’s closet (which keeps evolving, btw). No, Cooper doesn’t spew anti-gay epithets, seems like a standup guy and, though, healthy ego notwithstanding, is a talented reporter and interviewer. But, and there is a but, he is arguably the face of CNN, which is more respected than either MSNBC (which is ALL I watch) and the wretched “fairly-unbalanced” Fox. I don’t believe at this stage, coming out would harm Cooper. (and he’s rich beyond belief, right? His own money plus his inheritance from Mama Glo). I think he should risk it. He’d be an immediate hero to the community and raise awareness throughout middle America (c’mon, gay bullying might be “the” story of our year, along with the continued marriage fight, the finally-evolving opinions by straight America on marriage-equality, etc. We’re winning the fight but any help we can get is important!)

    Anderson, please come out. Be the gorgeous, smart, proud gay man you are, but to the world. (and please, no sex scandels. Stay with the bf!)

  5. James C. July 6, 2011 at 2:23 am · Reply

    Anderson Cooper, as part of his job, goes to countries where it is illegal to be a gay man. I was reading a mainstream news website in Ghana about a politician warning that gays could be lynched, and the comments were full with hundreds of people calling for the mass killing of gay people. You can read it yourself:

    http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=211415&comment=0

    That’s why Anderson Cooper is openly gay in his social life, but not in his professional life.

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