The Opening Serve: Diamond's diatribe against footwear "Rainbows and Sperrys Suck" has nearly 70,000 views on YouTube. And one of them is Anderson Cooper. On September 7, Cooper sarcastically lampooned the vlogger during his "Riduclist" segment. "[Lance Diamond] kind of sounds like a porn-name," Cooper quipped while pantomiming the suppression of vomit. "He says his foot blisters have prevented him from becoming the 'frat star' he wants to be. And yea, if there are two words I think of when I see this young man, it's 'frat star.'"
The Return Volley: The Daily Caller caught up with Diamond yesterday, who told them that his foot saga was "80 percent" serious. Diamond told them he was initially thrilled with the idea of being a viral-video star, but Cooper ruined that dream. "After I was featured on CNN, people at my school thought I was mentally unstable. Someone emailed my professors and my deans and warned them about me," said Diamond. Diamond continues, "I don’t understand how CNN can claim to be on top of cyber-bullying stories and then allow one of their most prominent hosts to attack me in such a way." Cooper has devoted many of his show's segments to the bullying epidemic in the U.S. "I think a national news host attacking a kid on YouTube is an example of exactly what the news networks spoke out against when cyber-bullied kids started hurting themselves," Diamond said. "When I reached out to CNN for an apology," Diamond added, "they defended Anderson Cooper and said he had the right to air the story. Well, where do they draw the line? Do other cyber-bullies then have the right to say whatever they want, just because they can get a good story out of it?"