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Kathy Griffin Is Proud, But Scared For Anderson Cooper After Coming Out

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Kathy Griffin on Anderson Cooper coming out

Kathy Griffin is "immensely proud" of her dear friend Anderson Cooper for finally deciding to publicly come out of the closet.

However, she is completely aware of a sad reality that the LGBT community still faces in this day and age. In an article for the Daily Beast, the same publication in which Anderson declared he was gay, the comedian wrote:

"The reality is that despite the very real, the very necessary, and the very life-changing progress we have made in this country in treating people across the sexual orientation spectrum with dignity and respect, America—the world—is not fully represented by Chelsea in New York City. It’s not fully represented by DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C.; the Castro; or West Hollywood … America is, in large part, small towns like Oxnard, Calif. It’s Sevierville, Tenn. It’s Laramie, Wyo. And it’s Wichita, Kan., where I was eating recently at a local diner and a patron asked me, “Kathy, how do you deal with so many goddamned fags?”

Ugh! To which we respond, "How do you deal with so many ignorant fans?"

It's a terrible anecdote, but it's true and we totally understand her fears. She continues to explain that being gay "remains, in many places, very dangerous."

The dangerous places Mz. Griffin is talking about aren't necessarily in America either. Yes, we have our fair share of haters and small-minded citizens who are deeply troubled by any kind of social progress, but her concern lies internationally.

Since Anderson is a journalist who fearlessly reports from around the world and often behind enemy lines, she explained:

"Many of my young gays don’t know about Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” initiative, which was developed with the help of some extremist American evangelicals. Many don’t know about Stonewall or, more recently, the importance of Lawrence v. Texas. They don’t know about Cuba’s jailing of HIV patients or even that Iran has sentenced gay teenagers to death by hanging. They don’t know that in large portions of Baghdad, honest LGBT folks are hunted and summarily executed by roving bands of so-called morality police, who kill with impunity both the 'out' and those simply perceived to be gay."

It's sickening to most of us, but it's downright frightening to someone who has an out and proud friend visiting all of these countries on the job.

Kathy certainly doesn't want Anderson to live in fear, but she does want him "to be careful." However, she adds, "he wouldn’t be doing his job if he really were being careful. And he wouldn’t be who he is."

Good luck out there, Anderson! We sincerely hope that your big announcement does not affect your personal or professional life in any way other than a POSITIVE one!

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26 comments to “Kathy Griffin Is Proud, But Scared For Anderson Cooper After Coming Out”

  1. demode says – reply to this


    Oh Perez… why does everything have to be a "gay agenda" with you? Look, many people face brutal hardships across the globe. Sometimes it is based on sexual preference/orientation, sometimes it is based on race, sometimes it is based culture/religous beliefs. Life sucks sometimes. You can't live in fear if you are gay in America (or most of the free world), because if you do, you are not living. You just gotta live your life. We will always live in a world filled with prejudice, and it will take (a long) time for some of those prejudices to dissappear. Crying like a baby, and making an agenda out of things, won't make it better for you. Just man up, and be proud.

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    Anderson Cooper is a big boy and is well aware of any "danger" he's in because he has publicly proclaimed his love of the peen (not that that love was a secret … we all pretty much knew and didn't need his confirmation). The policies in those countries are what they are — those countries aren't the U.S. and have different beliefs and standards — so if he goes to them, then his safety is his own responsibility. As for Griffin and the gays, she's a homo-magnet because normal people can't stand her. Without the gays, she's got no career. This explains her lack of general popularity and why she's an F-lister. Now STFU about Cooper and his gay. It's just not that interesting.

  3. Truth says – reply to this


    Truth is Anderson was forced to come out.

    His ex boyfriend, Ben Masaini struck a deal with a BIG major magazine in which he was going to "out" Anderson with salacious details. Anderson had to do this before the article came out.

    He was contacted by the mag for comment but refused to give one. They then told him they were running the story anyway. Nothing he could do to stop it so he had to make this announcement.

    The magazine will run the story within the next two weeks.

    Griffin is a no talent has been who is yet again trying to get publicity off of Anderson. Nobody gives a damn what she has to say.

    And no worries, Anderson doesn't travel anymore anyway!!

  4. 4

    Her response should be, gay's are the only one's that pay my bills.

  5. 5

    i hate to be the bearer of really bad news but i am sure there are at least as many bigots in new york as there are in kansas…it's just stupid to constantly gloat how perfect we are on the coasts…get over it…there are assholes everywhere…i mean just look at alec baldwin…he doesn't live in kansas.

  6. 6

    Was there anyone who didn't know? It is unfortunate that COOP stopped being a respected journalist before doing this, he is now just another tabloid joke. Like if a Springer came out it would be like "oh to bad for the gays" Though he is very handsome!

  7. beach girl says – reply to this


    There will always be haters. But these non-stop postings about it on and on and on do not help. BTW — anyone who didn't know he was gay is just plain stupid. He's gay, we all love him. NEXT. Kathy needs to STFU as do you Perez. People are getting tired of it being constantly shoved in our faces, even if we don't have an issue with someone's choice. I'm just plain sick and tired of hearing about it all the time.

  8. Rainbedgar says – reply to this


    I honestly have more respect for Anderson. I am sure he will be fine. someone needs the have the courage to lead the way. PROPS MR COOPER!

  9. 9

    My household is 100% LGBT rights and proud Christians to the core, plus Anderson and Kathy are two of my very favorites…HOWEVER…we ACTUALLY live in OXNARD, CA and raised our children in WICHITA, KS - the idea of associating an entire zip code with intolerance is no different than the racial profiling of Trayvon Martin. In the case of Oxnard teen Larry King's murder, no hate crime was ever proven or plead guilty to by the shooter, Brandon McInerney. The peers of these boys are in High School now and continue to be deeply affected but have been positively transformed by that incident…KATHY: Your lack of respect for the headway our community has has gained through this tragedy does a discredit to these young people who deal with being gay and out every single day (they, also don't have a celebrity status to protect them). Stop by one of the high schools in Oxnard, CA and actually speak with these kids. Sometimes those with the best intentions can end up being the intolerant ones.

  10. Squeeks says – reply to this


    As someone who never previously cared about Kathy Griffin, I had the pleasure of being exposed to her talent after attending the taping of her season finale show with my friend, who is gay.

    The woman is extremely witty and makes hilarious quips, and yes, most of her fans are gay for whatever reason. But at least she acknowledges this and is well-versed in the subjects that concern them. Go Kathy and Go Anderson!

  11. 11

    I, for one, am very happy Mr. Cooper decided to come out, and especially for the way he did. The gay community is starving for role models that don't embarrass us. The reality is that most gay men don't look and act like Perez Hilton or Elton John. We can throw a football and we can grill a steak. It's just easier to spot the flamboyant ones. There's a huge misconception in this country that the gay community is just a group of guys wearing leather and chains or face paint and glitter, and why wouldn't you think that? Look how embarrassing our 'pride' parades are? I say the more 'grounded' and less flamboyant gay people who come out of the closet the better.

    Re: beach girl – The reason it's 'constantly being shoved in your faces' is because people like you keep calling it a CHOICE!!! Apparently you still don't understand what we're trying to say.

  12. 12

    Re: highboo – Thank you for your kind words and I'm sorry your community was misrepresented by some celebrity's words who had never even been there.

  13. Fa_G says – reply to this


    So… How do we all convince Perez to go to Iran then?

  14. 14

    Re: highboo – I agree w/ you completely, well said. I support the LBGT community. I do not support hate for communities that have had tragedies or a few simple minds.

  15. 15

    Have him come to Oregon. I promise what they would have done to him in foreign countries would be alot more humane that what I would do to him if that piece of trash came here!

  16. 16

    I thought it was common knowledge that he was gay.

  17. 17

    You really are the lowest of the low Perez. Just a fewmonths ago you were espousing the virtures of invisible children's campaign against Kony but now you oin in the indigination towards uganda's anti-gay policies. More proof idiots like you jump onto band wagons without understand the ramifications of strengthening a homophobic regime. PS - Kony is not the only warlord in central africa. You are a fucking god damned ass pig you motherfuck. Go back to cuba

  18. 18

    Not sure what Africa has to do with AC, but this story was reported on another celebiry gossip site yesterday.

  19. Christian says – reply to this


    Just great of her. Beautiful.

  20. 20

    Re: dryan1971 – You would physically harm a universally respected and beloved news journalist just because of the fact that he was born a homosexual? This man has literally saved a child with his own bare hands in the midst of a war-torn nation. I know you saw the video on this very site. He actually picked up the bleeding child and carried him in his arms to safety. And you are threatening him with 'unimaginable violence' just because he likes dudes?

    Now you have proven time and time again that you are all bark and no bite. I know you will read this and not reply like a coward, as you always do, but this was a new low EVEN FOR YOU. During your many violent threats toward gay people on this site you always seem to drag Oregon in with you, and I feel sorry for the sane Oregonians who suffer for it. You are truly an awful human being. Even the people on your side desperately attempt to separate themselves from you, proving you truly are the very worst of the worst, the very lowest of the low.

  21. B says – reply to this


    Re: demode – Absolutely not. An agenda? Meaning the motives geared for equality? An agenda sounds like the sequential steps an organization will take to strategically make some kind of impact. An act that is blatantly wrong - discrimination, should not be tolerated. Taking precautions to stay alive is not fear. Finding the best possible way to make an impact on the issue might mean to not die. Making a world better for you will never happen if people don't stand up for them. Taking the "stfu, don't cry" attitude will not solve anything. Telling the homophobe to shut up might.

  22. Shombay says – reply to this


    Re: Truth – I adore Anderson Cooper…. but where did you get your info from….

  23. 23

    who even gives a shit if he just came out, everyones known he's gay forever…

  24. 24

    Re: demode – WTF? Now he can't even post something about homosexuality on his own freaking site! You want gay people to just "live there life" even when being haunted, ridiculed, and hung…Wow ignorance is such a funny/disgraceful thing. I don't think the gay community gives two shi*ts what you think

  25. 25

    Re: Omniscient GalRe: Omniscient Gal – "Normal people"? LOL sorry are you trying to call yourself normal? You sound like a dumb stupid friendless freak to me

  26. 26

    Re: dryan1971 – Same as if you were to come to my house mother fuc*er