Rachel Maddow has a message for Anderson Cooper: If you are gay, you should come out.
The MSNBC host said as much in an interview with the Guardian.
When asked if she feels “frustration towards an equally well-known news presenter who is widely assumed to be gay but has never come out,” Maddow had the following response:
“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.”
Maddow is the first openly gay student to receive a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford and does not hide her sexual orientation on her show.
She told interviewer Hadley Freeman that her role as an inspiration to the gay community “gives [her] joy.”
UPDATE: Maddow responds that she was not talking about Cooper.
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