Friday, October 5, 2012
POLITICS + PERSONALITY: Debate? Dud. Star Jones? Sad. Anderson Cooper? Super Awesome Gay!
Fridays at Justin + 6 are Politics and Personality with Washington DC-based gay party guy, and creator and host of Swish Edition, R. Scott Wallis. Expect to be challenged. Expect to be offended. Opinions expressed here are Scott's and Scott's alone.
Sure, I have stuff to say about Wednesday night’s debate, but since it was the most tweeted about and most Facebooked about political event of all time, I have a feeling you’re over it by now.
For the one or two of you who were drinking by yourself under a rock Wednesday night, to most everyone’s’ surprise, Romney clearly won, Obama looked pretty much like he wanted to be anywhere but on that stage and everyone agreed that moderator Jim Lehrer was horrible. The end. Or is it? (If the Commission on Presidential Debates has any sense, they’ll book Judge Judy to moderate the next one. And I’m serious.)
But before I move on, I’m sure you can’t wait to see Biden and Ryan fight it out next Thursday, right? I hope it’s on your calendar, because you just know that the Vice President is going to say some amazingly ridiculous shit. Can’t. Wait!
See, I want to talk about another blowhard personality. It’s news that broke yesterday morning, when Anderson Cooper called out the train wreck that is Star Jones. Yup, that Star Jones. The one that got booted off “The View” several years ago. The one that at first lied about getting gastric bypass surgery when asked how she lost so much weight. The one that was such a whore that she talked about her wedding so much on the ABC airwaves just to get companies to give her free stuff. (And they did! It was disgusting.)
Currently, NBC pays her to sit on a “Today Show” panel a few times a week to give her opinions on a whole host of pop culture, news, and health issues. Not because anyone gives a shit what she thinks about anything, but because the friggin’ “Today Show” is four hours long and they’ve got a lot of air to fill. And they’ll clearly fill it with anyone…except Ann Curry, mind you.
(Damn. If that’s true, why the hell haven’t I been booked yet? I better get on that.)
Anyway, Cooper was talking to his BFF and special guest co-host, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, while they taped a segment of his own syndicated talk show about how dismayed he was when Star Jones expressed her opinion that he came out of the closet to up his ratings. He said he was “annoyed” by it because if he really wanted to improve his ratings (ratings that, truth be told, aren’t that hot) he would have done it on one of his own shows (he also hosts “Anderson 360” on CNN) as a “very special episode.”
Kind of like every episode of “Blossom?”
In case you forgot, Cooper’s coming out (publically, since he’s been out privately for decades) was done via an email her sent to columnist and author Andrew Sullivan, an email Sullivan published with Cooper’s permission. And at the time of the revelation, Cooper was on vacation. In that email he wrote, in part:
“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. I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.”
The best part is that Anderson Cooper has no real problem with telling things the way he sees it. He basically said that he was surprised that Jones was even on the air anymore and called her publicity hungry for how she handled her very public wedding. And he expressed his dismay that she turned down the opportunity to be a guest on “Anderson Live” because he just assumed she’d eat up the attention.
Anyway, I hate Star Jones. And I LOVE Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen and I totally think they should become more than friends. Yeah, I know I’ve said it before, but they would make a very cute, power-gay couple to rival all very cute, power-gay couples. Hands down.
Damn, I’m rambling. Bottom line? The next Romney-Obama debate better be much better than the first one and stupid talking heads like Star Jones need to shut the fuck up if they don’t know what they’re talking about. (Hmm. Guess that could be said about Romney and Obama, too.)