Rachel Maddow Says Gay News Anchors Have A Responsibility To Come Out
Rachel Maddow is awesome. One of the many reasons I think this is because she is openly gay and often gives shout-outs to her partner, Susan Mikula. In an interview with The Guardian that ran yesterday, Rachel talked a little bit about being one of the few out gay news anchors. She said, “I’m sure other people in the business have considered reasons why they’re doing what they’re doing, but I do think that if you’re gay you have a responsibility to come out.” Which has many folks thinking that she was pointing fingers at the anchor whose sexuality is often the subject of speculation—Anderson Cooper.
Last night, Rachel took to her blog to clear things up. “In that interview, I wasn’t asked about Anderson Cooper, I didn’t say anything about him, he literally was never discussed during the interview at all — even implicitly,” she said. “I don’t tend to be shy when I criticize — you wouldn’t have to read between the lines if that’s what I was trying to do.”
She talked a little more, also, about what she meant in saying that there’s a “responsibility” to come out. “Gay people — generally speaking — have a responsibility to our own community and to future generations of gay people to come out, if and when we feel that we can,” she said. “We should all get to decide for ourselves the ‘if and when we feel that we can’ part of that.”