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Tyler Clementi's Gay Brother James Speaks to AC360: VIDEO


James Clementi, the gay brother of Tyler Clementi, who took his life in 2010 by jumping from the George Washington Bridge after his Rutgers roommate Dharun Ravi broadcast an intimate moment he was having online, gives his first television interview.


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  1. Anderson Cooper is a closeted homosexual and should be ashamed of himself.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Feb 10, 2012 2:15:53 PM

  2. Tyler was clearly the better looking one of the two.

    Posted by: James | Feb 10, 2012 2:29:37 PM

  3. (We were all thinking it, p.s.)

    Posted by: Smokey | Feb 10, 2012 2:30:43 PM

  4. @James and Smokey: Imagine you're Tyler Clementi's brother, and you've just come to "Towleroad" for some support from your community and, God forbid, a little comforting. And the first thing you see in Comments is the most infantile sort of self-indulgent snark.

    Have you no empathy at all?

    And btw: Don't you dare to presume to know what "we're all thinking."

    Posted by: Mort | Feb 10, 2012 2:42:37 PM

  5. It always comes down to looks with some of you people . . . and while your thoughts must sound off continually, and as loud as a screaming banshee inside your head, you should not assume that those same thoughts make up the gist of others thoughts. And just because one has a thought does not mean one ought to voice it.

    That is the lesson so many idiotic celebrities are learning the hard way with their incessant tweeting.

    Enough said . . . about this interview. It is kind of lame . . . an interview with someone talking about something someone else said?! Really?

    That may work for hard to reach people like the president of the United Stats and other world leaders, or a reclusive, and eccentric celebrity, but how hard would it have been for Anderson, or one of his producers to pick up the phone and call James Clementi?

    This interview could have been so much more effective had Anderson sat down with James Clementi himself.

    Posted by: Ricco | Feb 10, 2012 2:43:58 PM

  6. Very insightful interview.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Feb 10, 2012 2:45:31 PM

  7. James. How shallow could you be?

    Posted by: sylvatica | Feb 10, 2012 2:46:10 PM

  8. James is just showing his *ss--which is apparently either 1 )the only part of himself he knows how to show; or 2) his entire self.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Feb 10, 2012 2:52:55 PM

  9. We should all be so lucky to have a brother like James.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Feb 10, 2012 2:55:33 PM

  10. "Marcus Bachmann" - Anderson Cooper also had a brother who leapt to his death. His response to "Sometimes I wake up and I feel like my brother's still alive - and then the reality sets in" (i.e., "And that happens so often for a long time after a loss.), is deeply moving in its simplicity.

    Take your opinions about his being "closeted" or not and stuff them until you have the spine to post under your REAL name.

    Posted by: Reed B | Feb 10, 2012 2:55:40 PM

  11. I'm so sorry for the Clementi family's loss. I hope that Tyler and the rest of his family have the support and comfort they deserve.

    Posted by: Patrick | Feb 10, 2012 3:15:06 PM

  12. James Clementi is a well-spoken young man. We should all have a great deal of respect and sympathy for him and his family. May they receive justice.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 10, 2012 3:16:54 PM

  13. James Clementi,

    I behalf of all caring, decent gay men I would like to apologize for the rude, superficial, shallow comments from a select few on this thread. I'm sure you're still dealing with a lot of pain from the loss of your brother. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 10, 2012 3:27:34 PM

  14. It's not my opinion that Anderson Cooper is a closeted homosexual. It's a fact that he's a closeted homosexual.

    It's also rather sad that Anderson wrote that revealing tell-all (almost) and appeared on Oprah to talk about intimate details of his life including his brother's suicide but omitted the fact that he's a homosexual living with Benjamin Maisani. "Gay" should only be reserved for those that are out and proud. Anderson's lie through omission is what keeps homophobia strong in this country and sends a clear message that same sex orientation is something shameful to be kept hidden. Poor, poor Anderson.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Feb 10, 2012 3:28:59 PM

  15. Anderson and Ben are on the verge of breaking up "Marcus."

    Don't you read the New York Post?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 10, 2012 3:35:31 PM

  16. Very interesting, MR. EHRENSTEIN. That would somewhat explain why they relegated themselves to opposite sides of their renovated fire house during the recent birthday party they threw for openly gay party promoter, Josh Wood.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Feb 10, 2012 3:42:28 PM

  17. Cruel, insensitive comments like some of the ones posted on this thread are proof positive of why Internet comments should not be allowed - any idiot in the world can say anything, no matter how hurtful. Anderson's coming out is his business and will happen on his own time, but no - the gay gestapo has determined how he should behave. James comes forward to say something positive in his brother's memory and try to so some good, and all you can comment about is his looks? Gays have really achieved equality - many of them are just as idiotic as the most bigoted right winger.

    Posted by: Jim | Feb 10, 2012 4:12:30 PM

  18. Someone, PLEASE, needs to moderate these comments. No less on a thread about cyber-bullying. Personal attacks against Tyler's brother are disgusting and unacceptable.

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 10, 2012 4:44:10 PM

  19. As for that tired trope about Anderson being closeted:

    has he ever claimed to be straight or paraded around a fake girlfriend? Your "facts" could use some evidence.

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 10, 2012 4:45:06 PM

  20. People are so naive. The family is engaging in a public relations campaign in preparation for the trial. Is James telling the truth? Yes, I believe he is.

    Is it the full story about what life was like for a gay kid in the Clementi family?

    No way.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 10, 2012 5:35:15 PM

  21. He clearly can speak to many issues, since he might be called up to testify during the trial, particularly by the defense.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 10, 2012 5:38:31 PM

  22. Can we please ban James - what a shallow, mean, and cowardly comment. And what an insensitive scumbag.

    Posted by: John | Feb 10, 2012 6:01:01 PM

  23. Moderator: The comments near the top by James and Smokey really should be removed. They are despicable.

    Posted by: to moderator | Feb 10, 2012 6:03:10 PM

  24. I am not sure that Anderson Cooper is in the closet. He seems to live his personal life openly. I am guessing that, as a journalist, he does not want to make the story about himself. I do think be should come out publicly and I think he will when he is ready, but I wouldn't say he is closeted.

    Posted by: JP | Feb 10, 2012 7:04:37 PM

  25. I strongly suspect Tyler killed himself over some deeply personal issue like a relationship or general unhappiness. I don't think it's likely he killed himself because of the webcam incident.

    It would be interesting to hear from the guy he was last seen with, but to my knowledge this man has never publicly shown himself or spoken about Tyler.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 11, 2012 1:31:19 AM

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