After Anderson Cooper's perhaps-not-so-shocking announcement earlier in the day Richard Lawson wondered if the anchor had orchestrated his coming out in the "right way." The question provoked a number of responses from commenters who had their own opinions on the way celebrities choose to divulge their personal lives.
Commenter Bigknish did not have a clear answer:
I'm torn on this issue. I get what this article is saying about a loud coming out acting as a statement for young people especially who may be struggling with bullying and/or identity issues. At the same time, however, consider how big of a deal Anderson Cooper's announcement became once all of the media outlets picked up on it. Of COURSE he knew that would happen, you know? Was it his responsibility to make his coming out an event? I don't think so. The benefit of subtlety isn't in "classiness," I agree with you there, but at the same time, it inspires a nonchalance about the act which is also valuable. As Andrew Sullivan mentioned in his post featuring the email, there is still a lot of hate speech surrounding homosexuality, but at the same time, there's something to be said for prefigurative politics: making the world the way you want it to be by acting it out in the present.
Even though it may not have been on People Magazine, no matter how subtle Cooper's admission was, certainly the talk of the Internet for the entire day.
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