Was about to tweet the Anderson Cooper coming-out post and I realized everyone has already done it in the 10 minutes since it went up.—
David Sessions (@davidsess) July 02, 2012
CNN’s Anderson Cooper officially, publicly came out as gay today. Most Twitter users met the news with a “big whoop” and not much surprise.
Anderson Cooper confirmed what we've all known for a while. Kudos to him.—
Joshua (@craftjoshua) July 02, 2012
Some, of course, questioned the timing!
People were offended by one thing, though; he came out in a Daily Beast article penned by Andrew “Uterine Forensic Expert” Sullivan. Why, Anderson, why?
So, Anderson Cooper just came out on Andrew Sullivan's blog?—
Seth (@srosenb) July 02, 2012
Anderson Cooper explains why he chose to publicly come out now.
Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.
I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.
The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.
Some Twitter users express annoyance at the fact that “coming out” is still met with breathless gasps and excitement by some. Are we past that point?
Dear Hollywood celebrities, athletes, news people: You can stop coming "out". NO ONE CARES.—
Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) July 02, 2012
I'm not saying that Anderson Cooper has been drama-ish about it. I just think we're past that point.—
Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) July 02, 2012
Better way to honor Anderson Cooper coming out: celebrate it, or ignore it as non-news? I guess #1 for now, tho hopefully not much longer.—
Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) July 02, 2012
Your article talking about how we should be glad that people can easily come out as gay is refuted by the fact you're still writing about it—
J.P. Freire (@JPFreire) July 02, 2012
Others, again, think it is the most non-shocking news ever and of little concern.
Finally, Anderson Cooper.—
Whitney Jefferson (@twitney) July 02, 2012
I really thought Anderson Cooper was out this whole time.—
Jax (@jax1125) July 02, 2012
I don't care what body parts Anderson Cooper likes to play with. He's still a great journalist.—
Tom Beecher (@Beechsack) July 02, 2012
Mazeltov, Anderson Cooper, but we've known for a couple decades now. :)—
terry (@shortstack81) July 02, 2012
Anderson Cooper came out, Everbody yelled Surprise….iWasnt surprised :-/—
Ms Vida SoCali (@iLADolceVida) July 02, 2012
Anderson Cooper has finally come out. No surprise to anyone, but good for him to have the courage to be himself in the public eye!—
Josh Sanchez (@jnsanchez) July 02, 2012
Anderson Cooper: out and proud; hoping outlets will stop whispering it like some dark, secret shame he needs to hide.—
ʝoεɭ ɱҁʗoү סןסץ (@BooDooPerson) July 02, 2012
Anderson Cooper came out of the closet. Good for him. Probably makes life a lot less stressful. Seems like a nice guy.—
Matt Staggs (@mattstaggs) July 02, 2012
Some fellow journalists still find it a huge deal and rally around to give Anderson Cooper support.
Please tell us all again about how you already knew Anderson Cooper's sexual orientation… Coming out is a very big deal. It took 45 years.—
Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) July 02, 2012
Well, except for Howard Kurtz. We are just shocked that he didn’t think it was a great scoop that he uncovered!
Celebrities and public figures weigh in as well, of course. Pet project and all. Plus, super cool. SQUEE!
Being gay is the new cool thing
Ok calm down. Being gay was always cool—
mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) July 02, 2012
And still others amuse themselves with the news.
Anderson Cooper shamefully admits that he is a CNN employee.—
keptsimple (@keptsimple81) July 02, 2012
Two things you've been waiting for forever – Anderson Cooper coming out & our furniture company launching – happen on same day. Coincidence?—
Chris Stout-Hazard (@designhazards) July 02, 2012
I always knew Anderson Cooper hated kids. Kids and puppies.—
Aaron Brazell (@technosailor) July 02, 2012
So glad Anderson Cooper finally came out via email, because this means breaking up via text message is finally ok!—
Jesse Benjamin (@theholbrooklyn) July 02, 2012
In Other News, Sky Blue, Water Wet—
Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket) July 02, 2012
Now, if only journalists would leave their political ideology out of journalism. Boy, that would be bombshell news!