Earlier this week, news journalist Anderson Cooper came out the closet that no one really ever thought he was in in the first place. Now his BFF, Kathy Griffin, has come out saying she already knew all about it.
The Cooper reveal was published in an open letter to The Daily Beast on Monday. Griffin got in on the action the same way via a letter sent on Tuesday.
"Believe it or not, I don't 'out' people. It is neither my business nor my desire. Remember, folks, I am a comedian, not a journalist."
"And quite frankly," she added, "he never gave me permission to speak about something that represented the one part of his life he was not comfortable having confirmed in the media."
It’s nice to see that the woman who’s built a multifaceted career around talking trash about everyone in Hollywood (hey, we certainly aren’t judging) realizes there’s some lines that shouldn’t be crossed.
One of his main reasons for keeping mum on his personals is that in the various parts of the world he has been sent as a reporter, it’s simply not safe to be gay.
Kathy spends some time listing all the atrocities that befall our homosexual brethren throughout the various, more repressed parts of the world (incredibly atrocious facts), and then closes with a pretty harsh dose of reality: “I don’t pretend to understand the complexities of the worlds Anderson moves in. But I do know that I don’t want my friend to face that part of the world, where he might die a very different kind of death than someone who isn’t quite so honest.”
So while neither of these reveals are all that shocking, we shouldn’t let these two celebs basically stating the obvious overshadow the fact that there were pretty obvious reasons (largely ignored by the general populace) that it wasn’t mentioned sooner.
Anderson told Kathy at one point what he calls his “standard party line: ‘I want to report the news. I don’t want to be the news.’”
And while he acknowledged the public outpouring of support via Twitter, he made the point clear that his career is a top priority:
@andersoncooper “I appreciate all the nice tweets. I am in Botswana working but want to wish everyone a great 4th of July!”