CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Mancation With Gay Bar Owner

31987pcn_cooper01-320x286It’s a rumor that’s been flying around for so long that one of  these days Anderson is just going to scream out, “Breaking News: I’m Gay!”  But for those of you who don’t know, here’s what Page Six had on Cooper’s recent mancation with gay bar owner Benjamin Maisani, “Anderson Cooper has been consoling himself over falling ratings by living it up in Jaipur, India, at one of the world’s most opulent hotels. The CNN star was spotted Tuesday with his muscular friend, Benjamin Maisani, an owner of East Village bar Eastern Bloc, at the Rambagh Palace, named the best hotel in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. Cooper’s $3,200-a-night room features a four-poster mahogany bed and views of the gardens of the former Maharaja palace. Our source said, “Anderson’s room has a large round bathtub. On the first night it was filled with bubbles and sprinkled with red rose petals.” CNN declined to comment.”  Why it matters what our anchors are doing in their private lives, I don’t know. But Anderson’s private life is becoming interesting for the shear fact that he doesn’t say anything. And, quite frankly, he has on many, many, many occasions targeted celebrities with his own sharp tongued criticism. Even if Anderson came out, he’s on a cable news network whose general audience isn’t as conservative as the one that follows the 5:30 national news or network morning talk shows. But in general, RIGHT OR WRONG, I want to make that clear, I think the general watching public is more accepting of an openly lesbian relationship Ellen and Portia, Wanda Sykes, Rosie etc. They categorize gay boys into “Queer Eyes” giving either fashion advice or doing design shows. And for a newsman, if the public looks at you and thinks you’re a rainbow sissy standing in Baghdad, you’ve lost your credibility not only with the audience but with the subjects you interview. Anderson has proved his chops time and again. But I understand his concern that coming out as a newsman with a gay bar owner boy friend would spell the end of Anderson Cooper. Fair? No. But it isn’t fair for women in TV news either who get canned for being too old or too plump. It’s ratings.

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