Well, you pretty much knew I wasn't going to leave the topic of Paris Hilton alone, didn't you? I've been reading comments for two days on this site and many more and I've gotta tell you, although I do not know Anderson Cooper personally, I get why he does some things. ('Some' is italicized because sometimes he completely perplexes me too!) You can't possibly blog about someone and their show for a year and a half without picking up some clues to a person's way of thinking, even the very private Mr. Cooper.
Like many of you, I saw last night coming a mile away. Anderson Cooper has a strong code by which he lives. He has stuck by this code throughout his career. We hear it all the time, "I don't wear my opinion on my sleeve." You remember that one right? Some of you have used that line arguing that Anderson should not have shown his bias as much as he did last night. Um, what you aren't getting is that Anderson Cooper has to feel VERY strongly about something or someone for him to abandon his personal rule, don't you think? I mean if you know anything about Anderson, you must know that, right? He must have been really, really ticked off about having to dedicate the first hour of his show to this waste of space, correct? Come on, I can count on one hand the amount of times Anderson Cooper has clearly shown his bias about a story. That should tell you something about how much he just doesn't understand her way of living.
Please! Just the fact that Anderson started out his program last night obviously on his computer as if he hadn't been paying any attention to the LKL/PH interview, set the tone for the first hour. Frankly, I stood up and applauded him. If you don't get the fact that Anderson is just a tad miffed that CNN made him dissect this airhead (with feelings, boo hoo...) who has not provided anything to this society but a way for my daughter and countless other little girls to learn that all you need to do to get rich is pose for the pretty pictures and make a sex tape, well then you don't get the Anderson Cooper that I know!
If some people are wondering why he reacted to Paris Hilton so vehemently, please take the time to read this excerpt from a blog post that a dear friend sent to me this morning.
It would be very, very easy for Cooper to have used his status as a genuine Vanderbilt to have spent his life in NYC, attending social events and feeling like he’s doing oh-so-much for the “other people” by attending charity polo matches. Instead, he went out and started from the ground up and, in a sense, became the “other people.” Sure, he’s still wearing Armani suits and doing photo spreads in “Vanity Fair” and has a penthouse in Soho that I couldn't afford to breathe in. But who else in his position in the media is still making regular trips to Nola to show the after-effects of Katrina? Or traveling to the Arctic Circle to actually show viewers what global warming is actually doing?
The point is, Anderson Cooper has earned every second of publicity he’s gotten, just because he’s trying to do something more with it than get into swag suites and score free iPhones. If Paris Hilton were half as sincere as she claims about changing her life, she shouldn’t be talking to Larry King. She should be calling Cooper for tips.
Well, I just couldn't have said it better myself! Kudos to blogger, Dana Franks!
A New Day!
Well, I'm officially leaving the subject of Ms. Hilton! Thank goodness! And because I know some of you will be a tad mad at me today, I offer you these adorable pictures of Anderson holding his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt's hand as they wait in the wings at the Gordon Parks Foundation Awards dinner on June 18th. The photos are a bit blurry but I just thought you would love them! And I don't want you to be mad at me, either! (images from Flickr.com)
because you wont be seeing his gorgeous face until he shows up on the Texas border Monday evening. Now, I say this with the disclaimer that I AM ALWAYS WRONG! But, a bit of speculation, a tip from Ms. Megan and a note on Anderson's website has lead us to believe that you will be seeing not one, not two but FIVE hours of Larry King tomorrow night! Yupper, Larry King Live is scheduled to air from 7pm to 10pm ET and AC360 picks up the Larry theme by replaying the 2-hour 50th Anniversary special from 10pm to midnight ET. So, if you do see Anderson Cooper live on your TV set tomorrow, either I was wrong or the world exploded. And to tell you the truth, my personal life is in too much turmoil for the world to explode right now! LOL! Have a great weekend all! ~Sheryn