Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Raping Anderson Cooper, again and again

I am sick of all the speculation over the private life of Anderson Cooper. Maybe those obsessed with it are more "sick" than me. Other than mine, I don't really care much about who sleeps with whom. That kind of American Obssesion only help to distract public focus of the things that really matter. Just check today's most popular news... Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton eating together wins over a landslide to the North Korea story.

Today I was censored, again, by a blog administrator. Me and my big mouth! In no way I'm re-printing the original post of that site because its content goes against the editorial lines of THIS blog, but the money quote was:

"Today is a free comment day. Only one rule, it's gotta be about Andy and only Andy or at least closely related to Andy, 'cause all I want today is Andy, Andy and more Andy. (P.S. I've been listening to Ta-Dah while writing this post.... She's my man, And we got all the balls we need....)"

Talking about Hezbollah and media manipulations...

My deleted answer:

"Do you have any proof, other than rumors, speculation, and unreliable sources or a direct answer from him that can prove your statement?I think the speculation is completely rude and out of order. It is nobody business. It is not news or for public consumption. Unless he is a pedophile or a rapist. His sexual orientation, whatever it is, is for his own pleasure and with whom he wish to share it. Two's company three is a crowd. And the last time I checked, the privacy of a bedroom was still protected constitutionally. It is very sad that after all the kudos he received for the Congo coverage, particularly for the stories of the rapes, he has to tolerate the RAPE OF HIS PRIVACY. Again and again. What does people gain with this? How this affect the world? Are people sleeping better and more safetly after Thomas Roberts announced he was gay? The world is still the same. And we are not making it better violating Constitutional or Human Rights."

At our website: www.freakspeaker.com we did an indepth analyis over censorship and blogs. When The Search For Entertainment Crashes Against Constitutional Rights, in where we explore different angles of the blog business, In Gossip Blogs: Freedom of Speech or Blunt Opportunism, we profile Nick Denton and his blogosphere empire, the product of Appreciation vs Obsession, Stalking and the Dan Rather case, where his assaultant was convicted for murdering a NBC stagehand in 1994.

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We would really like to know your opinion about this. Do you really think it is cool to invade Anderson Cooper's private life, if it is fair game... or are me on the right track.

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16 comentarios:

martha said...

Thanks for taking a stand about this. I adore Anderson and it is very sad that people who claim to be his are fans only focusing in the gossip side of his live. Is like the posting of the photo of Carter's funeral. Just sick. Anderson doesn't deserve that.

ivy said...

christiane -- I posted a detailed answer on that blog where your comment was deleted (which was a shock to me since it was civilized and informative) so you can read it before they deleted it too -)
Martha --glad you found this blog!

ivy said...

you know, they have 10 most popular stories on CNN (forgot which show), based on their website visits, and sometimes you want to scream.

Lee said...

Christiane. Thank you. I know you've commented on this before on other blogs and been attacked for it. A lot of us agree with you.

I haven't had a lot of time to read what you've posted here but I'm really impressed with this blog.

Christiane said...

Martha Welcome to our blog.
Ivy, thanks!
Lee, we really appreciate your opinion. Your posts at other blogs have always been insigtful and respectful. We hope to see you frequently here.

THANKS!

ivy said...

@lee!! How I'm glad to see you! You weren't appearing too much lately and I miss you! Hope to see more of you, anywhere.

@christiane -- I don't think they're getting it. -(

annick said...

Europeans look at Americans "who's gay" obsession and see it as very childish. Why is every public person expected to whore out his/her private life for the media? Also the above post on Mr Pearl got me thinking that Anderson goes to many cultures where Old Testament ideas of morality prevail. He's obviously comfortable with who he is, unlike the people who trash him.

Lee said...

Hi, Ivy. It's good to see you, too. I've been pretty busy the last couple weeks but I should have more time now.

Christiane. Thanks. I always thought my comments were respectful but, somehow, I still manage to get into trouble.

Christiane said...

so this blog should be renamed the shelter for trouble makers?

I like freaks and troublemakers!

ivy said...

@lee and annick -- I enjoy you comments, I'm glad if you're here -)

@christiane -- looks like it -) don't they say --"it's all in the name"? -lol

Jade said...

Christiane...great post!

I agree with 90% of what you wrote, however, here is my two cents worth.

Cooper is somewhat responsible for the questions around the issue of his sexuality by dodging the question, which is his right, when asked directly. Being a public persona he has to expect that the answer of "I don't talk about my personal life" doesn't fly. He certainly talks about his personal life when he makes appearances or promotes his book.

However, just because we can ask the questions as journalists, doesn’t mean that we should. News and entertainment are almost the same these days and the lines are most certainly blurred between right and wrong. People who claim to respect Cooper need to ask themselves if his sexuality really makes a difference when it comes to reporting the news.

And, I would be lying if I said I didn't ever wonder is he or isn't he...but, until Cooper makes that decision to be honest about his life, I'll keep my speculation to myself.

courtney01 said...

Looks like I missed all the excitement tonight.

Damn school. :P

Welcome Martha, Annick, and Lee! Glad to have you here.

ivy said...

@jade - one thing to talk in private, another --publicly -). you're right --he talks about personal life, what if we change a question from "personal" to "sex" life? Sometimes I wonder it it's just play on words.

@court - hi! yeh, the fun was rolling -)

marie said...

Once again, I leave the computer to run errands and chaos erupts!
I have no idea what I said that was offensive.

marie said...

One more thing..Did anyone see the new issue of "Out" magazine? Jake Shears is on the fromt cover and inside is a sketch of Anderson and some more punch lines at his expense.

Purple Tie said...

Came onto this post a bit late but I thought it was very well written. I think it's natural to wonder about him and who is or isn't with but there is a line that I think can be crossed way to easily. If people are being respectful of him then I think it's okay, but when it's being rude or disrespectful then I have a problem with it. Knowing certain information about someone and spreading it all over the internet are two different things. Just like what I may talk about with my friends over the phone isn't something I'd post all over the internet either. I respect him and I wouldn't say or do anything that would hurt him because I do care. Some so called "fans" that do spread crap all over the net can hardly call themselves fans, in my opinion.

Also, I do think there is a difference between talking about your family life and talking about your "private" life. I share stories about my family (good and bad) all the time but I don't really talk about who I'm sleeping with. That's no ones business.

Great blog!

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