MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Stirs Up a Hornet’s Nest With Comment About Gay Anchors

Apr 26, 2011  •  Post A Comment

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow finds herself in the middle of a controversy after comments she made in an interview with The Guardian were interpreted as a reference to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the L.A. Times reported in its Show Tracker blog.

The issue: Whether closeted gay anchors should come out.

Maddow, who is openly gay, refused to name names, but 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.”

Blogs and other reports immediately focused on Cooper, who is widely considered to be gay but has never commented either way. Maddow then took to her own blog to clarify that she was not talking about Cooper.

Maddow blogged: “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. 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."

Maddow goes on to say that gay people generally have a responsibility to come out, but that everyone has a right to determine “if and when we feel that we can.”

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