Anderson Cooper- The Morning After

  • silverfox

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    Jul 03, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    Ok so Anderson "comes out" even though most in the gay community say it is no news. Tons of "bravos" and "well dones" from supporters.

    But now what? If you had to predict where Anderson will be a year from now do you think his public outing will ultimately help, hurt or have little or no impact on his career?

    For example, do you think his talk show might become more popular because he might share more of himself than he has in the past? Or maybe the other way around?


    I have my opinion but wanted to get the conversation rolling a bit.

    What DO YOU think?
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 03, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    I don't think his career will change at all, though I believe his popularity will surge. I do not think Anderson will be, or even wants to be, a spokes-person or activist for the gay community --- he said as much in his email printed in THE DAILY BEAST. However, I do believe he will continue to champion gay causes and keep increasing public awareness on important issues to the community like teen suicide, discrimination, and bullying as he has always done. He's basically a private person, and he should be allowed to be. He has shared as much as he should be expected to share about his private life.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 03, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    I think the public disclosure will have no real change in his long term career.
    His place in the world of journalism is well traveled. It might bounce his ratings on his talk show up a bit, but I think it has no impact one way or another.

    What he chooses to do (in terms of being out) is anyones guess. He might choose to be more of an advocate for gay related causes, or may play it more professionally, making no real change at all. We'll have to see.
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    Jul 03, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    NOM and One Million PMSers will boycott him.
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    Jul 03, 2012 3:54 PM GMT
    Perhaps less travel to Baghdad.
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    Jul 03, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
    He will probably get even more popular. People gravitate to other people who are open and honest and real. Good for Anderson for proving he is all of the above.
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    Jul 03, 2012 4:01 PM GMT
    He's going to get TONS of smelly jock straps in the mail.

    (Hope he puts mine under "Favorites").
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    Jul 03, 2012 4:09 PM GMT
    Popularity spike and ratings spike for CNN.

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    Jul 03, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    bigeasydude saidHe's going to get TONS of smelly jock straps in the mail.

    (Hope he puts mine under "Favorites").


    where's mine?
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    Jul 03, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
    No impact. Everyone always knew.
  • wellwell

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    Jul 03, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    ...Oh dear, STOP THE PRESSES !
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    Jul 03, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    ^ this

    *intended for 7Famark's post, but still applies!
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    Jul 03, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    ECnAZ said
    bigeasydude saidHe's going to get TONS of smelly jock straps in the mail.

    (Hope he puts mine under "Favorites").


    where's mine?

    I don't know. Did you send it to Andy's work or home address?
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    Jul 03, 2012 4:45 PM GMT
    AlphaTrigger saidPopularity spike and ratings spike for CNN.



    Now CNN will be watched by literally hundreds of people.
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    Jul 03, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    They can have footage of a male celebrity fucking another dude and it wont have nearly the same impact compared to takig a step forward and saying "Yes I am Gay". Right now it is the perfec time to admit being gay or to admit being pro-gay. This generation is by far more tolerant and educated on this particular issue. Being that said I do believe this "news" will have a positive repercussion on his carrier.
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    Jul 03, 2012 5:10 PM GMT
    7Famark saidNo impact. Everyone always knew.

    Sadly, I thought this was true too; however, I spent a large portion of my day at work yesterday, getting grilled by co-workers, when I expressed shock that they had no clue.
    They wanted to know who else; Of course, this led to more disbelieve.
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    Jul 03, 2012 5:10 PM GMT
    @Larkin icon_razz.gif^ lulz!
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    Jul 03, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    I don't think anything is going to change except online hate boards. And if by some chance it negatively affects his career he can always go "OWN" his own network or jump on Logo or something.
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    Jul 03, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    silverfox said If you had to predict where Anderson will be a year from now


    that would mean I have way too much free mental space
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    Jul 03, 2012 5:49 PM GMT
    I think it will become a non-issue like for many other celebrities who have come out.
  • silverfox

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    Jul 04, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    Madhatter2009 saidHe will probably get even more popular. People gravitate to other people who are open and honest and real. Good for Anderson for proving he is all of the above.



    I agree with you Madhatter.
    I think it will help with his daytime talk show. More connection with the audience.


    Wow just thinking about him and Ellen gays definitely IN DA HOUSE in daytime TV.
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    Jul 04, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    I'm certain that this decision to release this statement, which although goes against his personal professional ethic of not putting his own personal life out into the media for public consumption, is one that will add to the growing social acceptance and encouragingly growing gay-role-model 'movement'.

    I'm proud that he has decided to do so and I'm sure he has justly earned even more respect from the vast majority because of it.

    Kathy Griffin's thoughts on it are quite interesting (and eloquent) :

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/02/kathy-griffin-i-would-never-have-dreamed-of-outing-anderson-cooper0.html
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    Jul 04, 2012 2:58 AM GMT
    Besides, Anderson Cooper is a Vanderbilt, in the fifth generation of one of the great families of the United States since Revolutionary times as well as of the world. His announcement will hardly affect his career at all but certainly can be nothing but good for the cause of gay issues.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanderbilt_family
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    Jul 04, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    It is not about popularity. Anderson Cooper coming out in public will make a difference changing people mind for the equal rights of gay community because he is a media personality!
  • Webster666

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    Jul 04, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    He seems to be the type of guy who would always keep his private life separate from his career.