My Modern Day Man: Why I Love Anderson Cooper

As much as we love to post on things that make us laugh, a big part of the reason why I love theMET is because it's a place for us to come together and write about people we find inspiring. Maybe they'll be our significant other or our best friend or maybe they'll be a celebrity or tech geek. "Sharing modern day experiences" can encompass so much but at the end of the day, it's about understanding that though we're all unique as individuals, we also share many of the same experiences. The feeling of anxiety, questioning who you are or why you are doing something it's something we all share...and the more we grow, or try to, the more we ask these questions.

So today's spotlight, for me, is Anderson Cooper. I've always seen him as a hip, cool newscaster on CNN, the one that can crack a joke or add his hints of sarcasm at just the right moment. Sure his steel blue eyes and trademark white hair do it for me, too. But after reading this article from Elle, I gain a deeper respect for the man. A guy who, born into wealth, could have sat back on his lazy ass, ate greasy pizza all day, and watched reruns of Cops, instead decided to make something of himself.

Here is the article with a few of my favorite excerpts:

About Anderson:
Somehow he’s managed to strike the most delicate balance of being both an oldfashioned reporter at his core and the hippest news guy out there. His ratings, which are the highest they’ve ever been, are particularly strong in the much-coveted-byadvertisers 18- to 34-year-old demographic, a statistic that has to engender envy among other networks’ execs, who are lucky these days to be selling Preparation H and AARP commercials against the nightly news.

“He has no idea how starstruck people are by him,” says Kelly Ripa, who calls him “the perfect man” and whose show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Cooper cohosts occasionally. “He has no concept of it at all. The notion of it embarrasses him.”
So why does he do Regis and Kelly—a show that once featured him grimacing through a “thigh-dancing” segment? “Because it seemed like something completely different and fun. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with exercising different muscles.” He doesn’t mean his thigh muscles.

About Being Emo-Man:
He says it surprises him that people think he gets emotional—he was called “Emo-man” after his legendary breakdown while covering Katrina, even though what he expressed was precisely what most viewers were feeling. “I’m a WASP, so I’m pretty shut down. I’m not the most emotive person,” he says. “On a lot of shows, there are people screaming and yelling, and angry, and, um, I’m pretty evenkeeled.” This is true. “But there was that one instance, or maybe two, during Katrina, the wake of Katrina, where I got emotional. But those were things I didn’t plan on and wish, you know, I hadn’t done.”

His Book, His Family, Katrina:
It was while he was in New Orleans for Katrina that he began writing Dispatches from the Edge, in which, in a very un-WASPy manner, he more or less opened a vein, writing about his mother, his father’s death, his brother’s suicide, juxtaposed with haunting stories from his reporting. He says that covering Katrina caused him to suddenly see connections that had eluded him before. “The stories seemed very tied together. With, you know, the work I was doing overseas and the things all of us saw and witnessed in Katrina, and things in my own life. I didn’t view it as, I’m writing a memoir in which it’s All About Me. To me, it was really a book about loss. And survival. And about death.”

In the book, he wrote of how he wanted to find the answer, after his brother killed himself, to “why some people thrive in situations that others can’t tolerate.” Did he find the answer? “I’m not sure I did. I mean, I find it endlessly fascinating that some people have an inner core or an inner drive or something that allows them to move forward despite all this stuff. And, it’s really something my mom has.” You have it, don’t you think?

“Um, I don’t know. I’m not sure.” He stares at his sushi. “But certainly a lot of the people I do stories on have that. And I think it’s something just—either early-on experiences that have caused them to want to move forward, and want to continue. But I also think that it is a very thin line between success and failure.”

When did you ever feel close to failure?

“Close to failure?” He laughs an uncomfortable laugh. “I feel close to failure every day. Don’t you?”

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Comment by Annie on November 1, 2008 at 11:57am
this guy is truly amazing...his book is really a must read.
Comment by PANDA JU on October 31, 2008 at 2:58pm
Blue Steel!

.. yea, there's no way he does not like stuffing snausages for Christmas
Comment by rp {|} // .MrPresident___++ on October 31, 2008 at 12:01pm
He's mega cool...
Comment by alice on October 31, 2008 at 10:44am
*sniffle sniffle
Comment by Eugene on October 31, 2008 at 10:34am
According to wiki. - "Independent news media have reported that Cooper is gay, and in May 2007, Out magazine ranked him second behind David Geffen in their list of the fifty "Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America."
Comment by jenni on October 31, 2008 at 9:46am
ah yes, mr cooper. i was in atlanta last week, staying right by the cnn center...with the hope of catching a glimpse of anderson... no go. but doesn't he play for the other team?
Comment by Eugene on October 31, 2008 at 9:43am
I like Anderson too. He just has a really good balance and personality. I wonder what's up with the gray hair though. Is he old or does he dye it that way?
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