Anderson Cooper invited fellow gay television personality Andy Cohen to play co-host on his daytime talk show today. And the fellas had plenty to talk about, including how Cooper is feeling now that he has officially come out.
Though Cooper doesn't necessarily feel any more free or particularly liberated since coming out, Cooper did mention that he was annoyed — well, his mother was annoyed, and then told him — about former View co-host Star Jones claiming he came out to boost said talk show's ratings.
"I will say and I actually haven't mentioned this, the only thing that did kind of annoy me and actually it annoyed my mom who brought it up to me, Star Jones of all people," he said, before getting appropriately pointed: "I haven't thought about Star Jones in I don't know how long. I was unaware she was even on TV still ... but she apparently shows up on a morning show."
"Out of the blue Star Jones ... said this was a ratings ploy by me to boost ratings." This couldn't be further from the truth, he said, noting that the coming out announcement was made while he was on assignment overseas.
More from Mr. C:
If I was wanting to boost ratings, I would have waited to announce it on 'A Very Special Episode' that would have been promo'd for weeks and weeks and there would have been commercials ... 'Anderson's Huge Announcement.'"
As memory serves, in terms of boosting ratings, I seem to recall [Star] hocking her wedding every single day to get free products when she was on 'The View' and I seem to recall her lying about her gastric bypass surgery and making everybody else lie about it as well. So for her to suddenly emerge out of the shadows and suddenly attack me for this, I couldn't believe it.
Later, Andy and Anderson got to chat up the cast of the new Steel Magnolias TV adaptation, which may or may not have been a dream come true for the boys.
Watch that as well as Cooper's Star Jones takedown AFTER THE JUMP...
Marina of Marina and the Diamonds must have had a grand time casting her band's video for their single "How To Be A Heartbreaker".
Shower or roadside, the singer gets wet and wild with an impressive bevy of male models. And the track's pretty good, too.
Give a listen and definitely drool over her backup dancers AFTER THE JUMP.
Ann Coulter's dissection of the first presidential debate is chock full of her typical hyperbole and "shock" commentary, like her assertion that President Obama's ears are too big and that he "looked depressed" and like he's rather be playing golf.
The most egregious display of intentionally illogical trouble-making, though, came when the conservative pundit claimed First Lady Michelle Obama wanted to go home with Mitt Romney on her and the president's anniversary night.
He looked depressed. He looked anemic. Those big ears poking out. The first time I watched the debate, I was mostly listening to it and Romney was killing. And then I watched it again and toward the end was actually watching it and the visual made it so much worse, Obama was depressed and looking down. You could see at the end of the debate, he knew that, anniversary or not, Michelle wanted to go home with Mitt.
Detroit police are currently investigating what appears to be a hate crime sparked after a traffic accident last night. According to Equality Michigan, two women, 22-year old Courtney and 20-year old Kenyetta, were driving on September 26th when they were hit by another woman.
A verbal exchange ensued and the other woman called her boyfriend, who promptly arrived with four friends and told Courtney that if she "acts like a man" she will "get beaten like a man." The women were then beaten while the men hurled anti-lesbian and anti-trans insults. Courtney (pictured) was reportedly knocked unconscious during the attack.
Though police are looking into the incident, Equality Michigan is urging them to pick up the pace and even considering putting this attack on track to be heard under the federal hate crime law. Michigan's Ethnic Intimidation Act, as you can imagine, does not include LGBT people.
"Equality Michigan has been working with the Detroit Police and requested an immediate escalation of the investigation into this crime. In addition to giving the case the attention any brutal attack of this nature deserves, Equality Michigan also calls on the police and prosecutor to consider if the case should be referred to the federal courts for prosecution under the Byrd-Shepard Hate Crimes Act," said Equality Michigan director of policy Emily Dievendorf.
"Equality Michigan continues to call on the Michigan legislature to add gay and transgender individuals to the state's Ethnic Intimidation Act so hate crimes such as this can be properly prosecuted within the state of Michigan."
Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council who is constantly demonizing gay people, this week suggested that he would file a lawsuit against journalist and activist Dan Savage for Savage's tenacious, constitutionally protected protest of FRC's homophobic lies.
"As my teenagers would say, he has some issues. He is a man with some real deep-seated issues," Perkins told Fox News' Mike Huckabee. "I will tell you this, we are pursuing everything possible to deal with him because he is out of control." Well, Savage welcomes any such action by Perkins, whom Savage describes as "robustly heterosexual".
From Savage's response, "Is Tony Perkins Threatening To Sue Me?":
Sue me, Tony. I'd love to see you talk about my "issues" on a witness stand.
I realize that this isn't how you think the world is supposed to work, Tony. You believe—and you're old enough to remember a time when—people like you were free to say vile and disgusting things about people like me without anyone objecting. Certainly people like me weren't allowed to call people like you out. You still believe you should be free to lie about me and other LGBT people with absolutely impunity—we're all pedophiles and terrorists and Satanists—and that we should have to shut up and take it because... well, I'm not sure why you think we're not allowed to respond when you lie about us.
Maybe that's something we could get to the bottom of during the depositions.
Inspired by Korean pop-star Psy's "Gangnam Style" video, the College Humor team put together their own version, one dedicated to the Republican presidential candidate, "Mitt Romney Style."
Meanwhile, in other GOP-related music news, a trio of lovely ladies wrote an aural ode to Paul Ryan and his P90X body, the only thing that could make them swing right. That track is called "P-P-P-Paul Ryan".
Watch both musical productions AFTER THE JUMP.