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Anderson Cooper Gives me a Boner (Via).
posted by Ricky_gr10 (194 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
He's like the Rock Hudson of the media jetset.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:21 AM on June 16, 2006


He was awesome on The Mole.
posted by smackfu at 6:24 AM on June 16, 2006




She looks familiar.
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:27 AM on June 16, 2006


Hate to break it to all of you Cooper lovers but he's a manipulative little piece of shit and no different than the rest of the vapid tools you see on TV "news." He's as genuine as a three dollar bill.
posted by photoslob at 6:28 AM on June 16, 2006


John Boehner gives me a cooper.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:33 AM on June 16, 2006


John Biner gave me the croup.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:37 AM on June 16, 2006


Actually, the writer's descriptions of Cooper's enthusiasm are pretty awesome.
posted by grobstein at 6:37 AM on June 16, 2006


What, who is this? Or who is those?

"i've actually been doing it since i was 14 - it's pretty much my number one hobby." - Napoleon Dynamite?

In short, what the fuck is this?
posted by NinjaTadpole at 6:40 AM on June 16, 2006


Who's Anderson Cooper?
posted by handee at 6:41 AM on June 16, 2006


handee probably said it better, actually. Well done, there.
posted by NinjaTadpole at 6:41 AM on June 16, 2006


her other site.

"i've got a five inch taint."
posted by 3.2.3 at 6:44 AM on June 16, 2006


What. The. Fuck.

(Animated gifs in 3....2.....)
posted by IronLizard at 6:47 AM on June 16, 2006


She knows he's... you know... right?
posted by unSane at 6:47 AM on June 16, 2006


She knows he's... you know... right?

Not that there's anything wrong with that!
posted by SeizeTheDay at 6:49 AM on June 16, 2006


I don't think she does.
posted by amberglow at 6:50 AM on June 16, 2006


I've never even heard of this man but from the pictures I've seen he has a dynamic face.
posted by D J Robertstein at 6:50 AM on June 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


YOU HAVE REACHED THE END OF THE INTERNET
PLEASE GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY
posted by caddis at 6:52 AM on June 16, 2006


?????
posted by IronLizard at 6:53 AM on June 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


no, same here, I don't think she does, amberglow. but she is awesome, and she likes somebody, and all you haters are just, like, lame. she's a kid, for Chrissakes. props to her. I'm glad she met her idol and had a great time.

also, props to Cooper who manages to give a lot of people a lot of boners -- good for him. he's certainly way above the average of the American TV journalism script-reading robots

and, really, "This dumb shit of a female" in the comment above is something you can probably overhear at some hick dive bar, but it's somewhat beneath the standards of non-misogynistic conversation
posted by matteo at 7:10 AM on June 16, 2006


Does anyone remember his early morning/late night news? I was so surprised to see he had become a serious journalist at some point.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 7:22 AM on June 16, 2006


MetaFilter: Ivory tower, pedantic, hey-look-how-erudite-we-are-but-we-still-know-what-"fun"-is.
posted by Zozo at 7:23 AM on June 16, 2006


Hey, way to go HuronBob. Because of your comment, which has now been posted to her website, her audience probably thinks of MetaFilter as a bunch of assholes now. Kudos on your non-sequitor!
posted by SeizeTheDay at 7:25 AM on June 16, 2006


Uh...
posted by dios at 7:28 AM on June 16, 2006


I'm not erudite.

And I can't even get into White Castle, let alone the Ivory Tower.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:29 AM on June 16, 2006


Matteo...

Here we have a young lady (about 27, if her blog is correct, hardly a "kid"). Who puts an offensive remark on her shirt and wears it in public (I can hear the 7 year old in the book store saying "Mommy, what's a boner???") .

The remark could certainly also be embarrasing to Cooper, and certainly drags the whole interaction into the gutter.

Sorry, I stand by the "dumb shit of a female" remark. What part of that did you find incorrect?

Lastly, why do you feel the remark is misogynistic? "Female" was the least offensive term I could come up with. "Lady" didn't fit, "Girl" didn't fit, "Woman" implies more to me than "Cooper gives me a boner"... Any suggestions?
posted by HuronBob at 7:29 AM on June 16, 2006


"uh..."

I'm with Dios on this one,
posted by Elim at 7:31 AM on June 16, 2006


Ah, comeon, SeizeTheDay , I think the evidence certainly supported the remark.
posted by HuronBob at 7:33 AM on June 16, 2006


Maybe she doesn't know that women don't get boners. I blame the school system.
posted by found missing at 7:34 AM on June 16, 2006


She knows what, amberglow? That HE'S GAY OMG! She probably hasn't spent enough time at the clubs [deleted] or [deleted].
posted by Captaintripps at 7:36 AM on June 16, 2006


Looks like shes either an idiot or mocking his sexual orientation. Whichever one, its far from good.
posted by skallas at 7:41 AM on June 16, 2006


People are still making zines?
posted by ND¢ at 7:41 AM on June 16, 2006



secondperiod: 2006-06-16 01:37 pm UTC:

Yeah, and someone in the Metafilter comments called you a "dumb shit of a female". If you didn't have to pay five dollars to "join" so you could leave a comment I'd, ummmm, well, how do you insult someone who paid five dollars to join a website, especially one as ivory tower, pedantic, hey-look-how-erudite-we-are-but-we-still-know-what-"fun"-is as Metafilter.


(Also: I am not secondperiod)
posted by everichon at 7:42 AM on June 16, 2006


Lastly, why do you feel the remark is misogynistic?

Why did you even have to add the word "female" to it?

What kind of humorless twat are you? "boner" isn't a scandalous word and your extreme reaction to it makes you look sillier than she ever could.

People have magnificent obsessions and go to great lengths to enjoy them. Often, people make web shrines to their obsessions and we link to them usually getting a light laugh and some fascination with seeing them. There always seems to be one person that flips out, and I guess HuronBob fills that role today.
posted by mathowie at 7:44 AM on June 16, 2006 [2 favorites]


The purpose of the HuronBob is to flip out and kill people make MeFi look like a bunch a snarky troglodytes.
posted by everichon at 7:48 AM on June 16, 2006


I'll give us the snark, actually.
posted by everichon at 7:48 AM on June 16, 2006


I can hear the 7 year old in the book store saying "Mommy, what's a boner???"

Oh god! Think of the children? You're kidding, right? The shirt isn't even terribly offensive.
posted by nadawi at 7:52 AM on June 16, 2006


What a bunch of haters.
posted by sonofsamiam at 7:52 AM on June 16, 2006


I am!

ND¢: People are still making zines?
posted by Captaintripps at 7:54 AM on June 16, 2006


There always seems to be one person that flips out, and I guess HuronBobmatteoSeizeTheDaymathowie fills that role today.
posted by greasy_skillet at 7:55 AM on June 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


Ya know, Matt..

I actually attempted to address your concerns in a reply, but when I went back to review my original comment, lo and behold, that offensive little bugger must have crawled right back up my nose... so, not much point in it now.
posted by HuronBob at 7:56 AM on June 16, 2006


More power to you Captaintripps.
posted by ND¢ at 7:56 AM on June 16, 2006


I'm just wondering how its best of the web or at least interesting.
posted by rough ashlar at 7:57 AM on June 16, 2006


Yeah, it would be interesting if I knew who this lady was, if she was a friend or something. Not that great a post.
posted by sonofsamiam at 7:58 AM on June 16, 2006


Carl Monday gives me a boner.
posted by xmutex at 8:04 AM on June 16, 2006


Rough and Son...

It is interesting enough to have more comments than the last 11 FPP.
posted by nadawi at 8:06 AM on June 16, 2006


He's alright, but he's no Sam Donaldson.
posted by gigawhat? at 8:07 AM on June 16, 2006


This just reminds me of how much I miss Katie Couric in the morning.
posted by geoff. at 8:09 AM on June 16, 2006


She's a tiny bit endearing, but really the unwieldy transcript of their conversation (includeing how coop "was totally into it" that she made ZINES) was too stalkerish and desperate. But hey, she probably leads a pretty boring life and likes to dramatize her glimpses of "celebrity incidents".

But i dont really care because quantum leap is on rite now and its the one where sam is a rabbi and he has to keep his siter-in-law from getting with that sleazy author.
posted by naxosaxur at 8:14 AM on June 16, 2006


/thread closed.
posted by phylum sinter at 8:19 AM on June 16, 2006


oh blast i dont have ops here.
posted by phylum sinter at 8:19 AM on June 16, 2006


The heck with zines--what I want to know is, who still wears little "I'm expressing my lifestyle" buttons?
posted by everichon at 8:19 AM on June 16, 2006


I feel like I've been besieged by Anderson Cooper--the man is everywhere. I haven't watched CNN in probably a year or more, but that hasn't kept me from seeing Cooper's mug on a daily basis.
posted by mullacc at 8:20 AM on June 16, 2006


Clicked on the link, felt my stress go down about 10 decibels from her adorable smile and obvious zest for life, clicked on the comments to say "how cutezors!!" or some such and... WTF?

Huronbob, if you know children that are too delicate to withstand exposure to the word boner in print... well... the mind boggles.
posted by carmen at 8:22 AM on June 16, 2006


I like Anderson Cooper about five hundred times more than a disgusting hack like Brit Hume but I also like AC about a fiftieth as much as I like Keith Olbermann. Olbermann's the only talking head I have much of any respect for.
posted by fenriq at 8:22 AM on June 16, 2006


Screw it, I'm going to post it. Rumor and speculation with a little spice:

According to this blog, Anderson Cooper is dating this man. His name is Julio Cesar Recio and he's 24-years-old and is some kind of wine expert in NYC. Apparently, Anderson is his sugar daddy. I know for a fact that Andy likes em brown and young, so this dude fits into his standard.

Awww....they make such a cute couple.

More importantly...which one takes it in the ass for the other?


Mmm... sassy gossip blogs. Getting right to the point.
posted by geoff. at 8:25 AM on June 16, 2006


the unwieldy transcript of their conversation

See, I thought this was really cute. I mean, what's so wrong about good old-fashioned dorky enthusiasm? She brought him a Billy Bragg CD. That's just adorable.
posted by 912 Greens at 8:29 AM on June 16, 2006


OK, what did huronbob say?
posted by caddis at 8:30 AM on June 16, 2006


If you didn't have to pay five dollars to "join" so you could leave a comment I'd, ummmm, well, how do you insult someone who paid five dollars to join a website, especially one as ivory tower, pedantic, hey-look-how-erudite-we-are-but-we-still-know-what-"fun"-is as Metafilter.

Is it wrong that I am kind of proud of this assessment of the community? I mean, Fark we ain't. (Looking past the fact that this FPP is certainly *not* Best of the Web) outside of the occasional animated gif-fest (usually deserving and a chance to blow off some steam) I think Metafilter ascribes to a higher level. It's why i've been with the site for as long as i have and continue to make it a part of my work day.

and who uses 'erudite' as a negative? Most likely someone who isn't.
posted by indiebass at 8:30 AM on June 16, 2006


That's nice, geoff. Thanks a bunch.
posted by NinjaTadpole at 8:32 AM on June 16, 2006


I'm just wondering how its best of the web or at least interesting.
posted by rough ashlar at 10:57 AM EST on June 16

Rough and Son...
It is interesting enough to have more comments than the last 11 FPP.

posted by nadawi at 11:06 AM EST on June 16

I know that it is tempting to decide that a post is interesting based on the number of comments that it receives, but that is not always the case. Take, for example, this FPP. It got six comments, but it contains telescopic pictures of the sun. PICTURES OF THE SUN!!! What could possibly be more interesting than that? It is the freaking sun! Six comments.

Yet, this young lady goes to a book signing by a somewhat celebrated journalist wearing an amusing shirt, then blogs about it, and the comments pour in. I am not saying that it is wrong, just that if you were weighing the interest levels of that versus the sun, I think most people would decide that a 4.6 billion year old star with a surface temperature of approximately 5,500 K that makes life on earth possible was a little more interesting than a star-struck blogger. No hate intended. Just saying.
posted by ND¢ at 8:34 AM on June 16, 2006


Fuck the sun. If it weren't for the sun, and it's stupid heat, we wouldn't have this whole 'global warming' issue.
posted by graventy at 8:41 AM on June 16, 2006


MeFi: snarky troglodytes shooting fish in a barrel...

It is the freaking sun! Six comments.


Ah but in terms of snark potential: sun, minimal - goofy blogger, near infinite. Besides, what's more web-related, the sun or blogging?
posted by scheptech at 8:44 AM on June 16, 2006


I don't disagree that the sun is more interesting...what I was trying to point out was that many thought this was at the very least more comment worthy so to say this isn't particularly interesting is on it's face just wrong as now we're at 60 comments and climbing.
posted by nadawi at 8:50 AM on June 16, 2006


The negative isn't being erudite. It's being "look-how-erudite-we-are". That's the difference.
posted by reklaw at 8:50 AM on June 16, 2006


Weird coincidences of the internets: she's married to a good friend of my best friend. And my best friend, this guy I know who's my pal since like totally in 1987, (ahem) was in the weddingparty.

And now she's mefi'd and stuff. Cool.
posted by grubi at 8:52 AM on June 16, 2006


Anderson Cooper wrote a book??? Did he title it My Favorite Hurricane? Haven't seen anyone get more mileage out of the death and destruction of America since George Bush milked 9/11 like a cow addicted to BST.

Good to know Anderson is going on a celebrated book tour instead of spending his time bringing those responsible for the Katrina debacle to justice. Edward R. Murrow would be proud.
posted by any major dude at 8:52 AM on June 16, 2006


I can hear the 7 year old in the book store saying "Mommy, what's a boner???"

So what? The answer to that one is easy: "It's how babies are made, dear." Never too early to learn about the birds and the bees, you know. And get the technical terms to boot!
posted by contessa at 8:53 AM on June 16, 2006


MetaFilter: Shielding the children from boners since 1999.
posted by everichon at 8:59 AM on June 16, 2006


I dunno about anyone else, but I was well aware of what boners were when I was 7.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 9:02 AM on June 16, 2006


And now she's mefi'd and stuff. Cool.

On Metafilter, everyone is famous for 15 snarks.
posted by skallas at 9:02 AM on June 16, 2006


BONERS SUCK.
posted by casconed at 9:03 AM on June 16, 2006


I dunno about anyone else, but I was well aware of what boners were when I was 7.

Did you earn a merit badge for that?
posted by horsewithnoname at 9:06 AM on June 16, 2006


Take, for example, this FPP. It got six comments, but it contains telescopic pictures of the sun. PICTURES OF THE SUN!!! What could possibly be more interesting than that? It is the freaking sun! Six comments.
Funny thing about those posts, you tend to get lost in the links far too long. That's why they're good. Cornball gets more remarks than awesome, because no one can wait to get back here for the inevitable train wreck :) (Not that this is a very good train wreck, mind you).
posted by IronLizard at 9:14 AM on June 16, 2006


There was a recent excerpt from AC's book in Vanity Fair. I thought he came across pretty damn reasonable. What are the odds that an exquisitely groomed genetic super-aryan in the midst of a natural disaster would not be the object of scorn? Don't hate the guy because he shares air time with people vapid enough to suck the air out of a zeppelin. I've actually never seen his show but I thought he came across pretty damn good in his writing.

And seeing the word boner on a T-shirt these days is actually quaint. Ranks far below the usual Jesus technicolor vomit silkscreens and other pseudo-provocative bullshit that passes for sartorial edginess on the backs of the younger-set.
posted by docpops at 9:16 AM on June 16, 2006


Women CAN in fact get "boners" ... albeit little tiny miniature "boners" ... but I guess most of you haters wouldn't be aware of that fact. Shit, AC gives my girl a boner too.
posted by afx114 at 9:20 AM on June 16, 2006


Women CAN in fact get "boners" ... albeit little tiny miniature "boners"

You don't "have" to use "quotes", you "know".
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:22 AM on June 16, 2006


Caddis: OK, what did huronbob say?

I've gotta say I'm baffled. I saw it and was completely unphased by it. But now it's gone. So whatever.
posted by overanxious ducksqueezer at 9:23 AM on June 16, 2006


"BONERS SUCK."

well, actually, I think that's backwards..

/shields this thread from 7 year olds.
posted by HuronBob at 9:24 AM on June 16, 2006


Women CAN in fact get "boners" ... albeit little tiny miniature "boners"

That comment is useless without pictures.
posted by found missing at 9:29 AM on June 16, 2006


What a petty, puerile thread about an inconsequential little blog post from a non-entity about a minor celebrity of strictly parochial interest.
posted by signal at 9:33 AM on June 16, 2006


Women's boners are bigger than you would expect.
posted by rosemere at 9:34 AM on June 16, 2006


Ack!! Link.
posted by rosemere at 9:34 AM on June 16, 2006


THIS ALL TOTALLY HAPPENED AND WAS AWESOME
posted by oncogenesis at 9:39 AM on June 16, 2006


What a petty, puerile thread about an inconsequential little blog post from a non-entity about a minor celebrity of strictly parochial interest.

There is truthiness in your remark, but I'm finding it a fine way to kill an AM at work.
posted by everichon at 9:42 AM on June 16, 2006


Why the fuck would Anderson Cooper want to read this chick's zine?
posted by weinbot at 9:46 AM on June 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


I learned something new today rosemere. Thank you.
posted by ND¢ at 9:49 AM on June 16, 2006


Metafilter: What kind of humorless twat are you?
posted by jennaratrix at 9:55 AM on June 16, 2006


rosemere, Great link and info! So April's t shirt, which obviously catered enthusiastically to Anderson's gayness, should have read, as an expression of her own enjoyment,
Anderson Cooper Gives me a Wide On or a Lit Clit or something more anatomically correct. (')

He lives with his mother and she likes 'em brown too. I like this mini-story about Anderson. The malignant psychiatrist, Christ Zois, jailed for embezzeling Gloria's millions along with her lawyer, had a destructive impact on Anderson's family.
posted by nickyskye at 10:09 AM on June 16, 2006


She brought him a Billy Bragg CD. That's just adorable.

We live in different towns. Clearly. I am imagining being in the same general area as her and I can't seem to picture the fun. To matthowie's question about Magnificent Obsessions, can you imagine having just a bit of an obsession with Anderson Cooper (oh, play along), you're waiting in line trying to hold it together, giddy with glee about being thisclosetohim and that fucking nut comes bouncing through, talking as loud as she possibly can without yelling to the other tools in her particular Black & Decker-made container so you can enjoy their witty banter?

Fuck no. Give me old folks muttering about missing the Early Bird special at the Weathervane. I must have turned ancient sometime in the last decade. Also, I'll bet you a tenner Billy Bragg would run screaming.
posted by yerfatma at 10:14 AM on June 16, 2006


Wait, wait... he's gay?
posted by ewkpates at 10:15 AM on June 16, 2006


you're waiting in line trying to hold it together, giddy with glee about being thisclosetohim and that fucking nut comes bouncing through, talking as loud as she possibly can without yelling to the other tools in her particular Black & Decker-made container so you can enjoy their witty banter?

Sweet.
posted by docpops at 10:17 AM on June 16, 2006


OK...if i get deleted for calling her a..oh wait, you know... doesn't yerfatma get deleted for calling her a "fucking nut"? And, how about NDcents for calling her a "young lady"? Was it really necessary to refer to her gender?

just saying....

Are we having fun yet?
posted by HuronBob at 10:25 AM on June 16, 2006


92 comments and no .gifs yet? For shame.
posted by ninjew at 10:28 AM on June 16, 2006


YOU CAUSE MY GENITALS TO ENGORGE
posted by overanxious ducksqueezer at 10:29 AM on June 16, 2006


(I had no idea he was Gloria Vanderbilt's boy, I need to keep up with these things better)
posted by overanxious ducksqueezer at 10:32 AM on June 16, 2006


Cool it guys, she knows:

Friday, June 16th, 2006
8:22 am - the most hated on out of all of those who say they get hated on.
so apparently all of the internets can't deal with the fact that i wore a t-shirt that says "boner" on it in public/in front of anderson cooper. i swear that i am an internet hatred magnet. (what up, metafilter?) OH WELL THOUGH. all parties involved found it funny and that's all that matters. i just wish more people could see i'm simply REALLY PUMPED ABOUT LIFE and quit all the hating.

posted by ND¢ at 10:33 AM on June 16, 2006


i swear that i am an internet hatred magnet

No. But maybe a bit grandiose.
posted by docpops at 10:35 AM on June 16, 2006


"The original anatomists weren't interested in the clitoris. The penis was much more interesting.

"It was bigger and you didn't have to wear your spectacles to see it."

This thread was totally worth it for just for that.
posted by afu at 10:36 AM on June 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


Best. Of. Web.

Uh-huh.
posted by dbiedny at 10:50 AM on June 16, 2006


can't deal with the fact that i wore a t-shirt that says "boner" on it

I can somehow cope with that, yea though it take the strength of Galactus, Devourer of Planets. I can't deal with the lack of self-reflection that lets you out of the house each day. Were it me, the front door wouldn't even be in the discussion. It'd just be:

1. Head in oven
2. Sit at back door hoping for another stray cat
3. Reruns of Dragon Ball Z
posted by yerfatma at 11:01 AM on June 16, 2006


Did you earn a merit badge for that?
posted by horsewithnoname at 9:06 AM PST on June 16 [+fave] [!]


Yes.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 11:04 AM on June 16, 2006


doesn't yerfatma get deleted for calling her a "fucking nut"

Hold up. Just how powerful is this mathowie character anyway? Do not, thou, when thou art admin, delete a moi.
posted by yerfatma at 11:04 AM on June 16, 2006


Huh. I thought she was kinda cool and it was a neat blog entry. Until she came across like the aggrieved victim of teh Internets just because a few people on a MeFi thread had uncharitable things to say.

You know, you put your boner out there for the world, you gotta grow a thick skin because it's gonna get whacked every now and then.
posted by darkstar at 11:09 AM on June 16, 2006


When did it become cool for like 35-40 year olds to act like fucking nitwit 13 year olds?
posted by xmutex at 11:10 AM on June 16, 2006


You don't "have" to use "quotes", you "know".

I think afx114 was trying to "scare" us.
posted by Smart Dalek at 11:12 AM on June 16, 2006


All these fucking Anderson Cooper noobs.

I was in love with him when he was still on Channel One. (LOOK IT UP, YOUNG PEOPLE.)
posted by StrasbourgSecaucus at 11:16 AM on June 16, 2006


I think afx114 was trying to "scare" us.

Looks like it "worked."
posted by afx114 at 11:20 AM on June 16, 2006


Metafilter: it's gonna get whacked every now and then.
posted by IronLizard at 11:30 AM on June 16, 2006


You people need to take cold showers.
posted by ed at 11:35 AM on June 16, 2006


..with Anderson Cooper.
posted by brundlefly at 11:57 AM on June 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


"You should make a t-shirt that reads 'HuronBob gives me a boner'."
posted by pierrepressure at 11:58 AM on June 16, 2006


You know, I never really noticed how hot he actually is. For an old guy, of course.
posted by ackeber at 11:58 AM on June 16, 2006


"I met Anderson Cooper at a book signing and all I got was this stupid boner" would be a cool t-shirt.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:59 AM on June 16, 2006


afu, Unlike the multi-function penis, the clitoris is the only human organ which exists soley for pleasure.

For an old guy, of course.

"born June 3, 1967"
posted by nickyskye at 12:06 PM on June 16, 2006


This must be something that is only important to Californians and New Yorkers.
posted by taursir at 12:14 PM on June 16, 2006


What really gets my goat about that site is that one of the commenters has an avatar of Tara. God I'm glad she got shot.
posted by Captaintripps at 12:16 PM on June 16, 2006


Mefites: fat nerds with stunning vocabularies that go to waste on metafilter comment threads
posted by caddis at 12:21 PM on June 16, 2006


You know the one thing that I don't understand? Betty Page hair. There's an entire subset of the arts community that has that hair. All of them between the ages of about 25 - 40. I'm not hating on it, I'm just confused about why a group of people who would consider themselves alternative, all want to look alike. Seriously, line up a bunch of women with the betty page hair, all dyed black #1...and other than size, you'll be hard pressed to differentiate them. It's like a cloaking mechanism or something.

Sorry, realize it's not anything about Magnificent Obsessions, or Handsome Newscasters, or Outrageous TShirt Worn To Get Attention, but for a second, I thought it was someone I knew, then I realized it was just someone who looked just like everyone else with that hair.
posted by dejah420 at 12:37 PM on June 16, 2006


What the.
posted by cj_ at 12:52 PM on June 16, 2006


I really like how random dumbass commenters try to snark on metafilter. "It costs 5 bucks! What a bunch of fat smartyz!"
posted by puke & cry at 12:57 PM on June 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


All these fucking Anderson Cooper noobs.

I was in love with him when he was still on Channel One. (LOOK IT UP, YOUNG PEOPLE.)


posted by StrasbourgSecaucus at 11:16 AM PST on June 16 [+fave] [!]

Hot crackers! I was seriously beginning to think I was the only one that remembered Channel One and the Hacienda gang.

I have been *hating* that guy since then...
posted by modularette at 1:09 PM on June 16, 2006


No I remember that too. Lots of journalists started there.
posted by puke & cry at 1:18 PM on June 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


so that five bucks bought me book learnin' and smarts. hell i only payed the five bucks so i could yell at parisparamis.
posted by nola at 1:24 PM on June 16, 2006


the most hated on out of all of those who say they get hated on.

All the whiny victims on this site complaining that a remote-control-flameout isn't the Best of the Web can go fly a kite.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:26 PM on June 16, 2006


Wanking to celebrities. Blech.
posted by mrgrimm at 1:35 PM on June 16, 2006


HuronBob,

Because your comment got quoted.
posted by eustacescrubb at 1:40 PM on June 16, 2006


""You should make a t-shirt that reads 'HuronBob gives me a boner'.""

Wouldn't be the first one... probably won't be the last...

But, if she does, I hope she sends me one... I've got this narcissism thing going and that would really fit!
posted by HuronBob at 1:58 PM on June 16, 2006


You know the one thing that I don't understand? Betty Page hair. There's an entire subset of the arts community that has that hair. All of them between the ages of about 25 - 40.

dejah - It's supposed to be ironic, with hints of feigned innocence and goth culture. The extended pageboy look's often adopted by Gen-Xers who get older, and invariably wind up emulating the Boomer icons of their youth.

So in addition to riffing Bettie Page, the style's also a nod toward other grrrl heroines, including Tura Satana, Malia "Vampira" Nurmi, Carolyn Jones, Yvonne de Carlo, Louise Brooks, Lucy from Peanuts, Exene Crevenka, Lydia Lunch, Kim Deal, Cindy Wilson, Polly Jean Harvey, Elizabeth Montgomery, Dame Diana Rigg, Veronica Cartwright, Julie Newmar, Karen Black, Anne Dudley, Allison Arngrin, Lisa Whelchel, The Shirelles, Barbie's little sister, and the counter girl at Hot Topic.

Wait a sec. This isn't AskMe, it's that damn Cooper thread. CURSES!
posted by Smart Dalek at 2:00 PM on June 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


Does anyone have a picture of the "counter girl at Hot Topic", 'cuz I would like to see it and then make fun of her.. I've been assigned that task by Matt for the day and I've only got a few hours left!
posted by HuronBob at 2:12 PM on June 16, 2006


Seriously, line up a bunch of women with the betty page hair, all dyed black #1...and other than size, you'll be hard pressed to differentiate them. It's like a cloaking mechanism or something.

You know what?! Those hipsters all wear t-shrits too! And funny glasses! Hahahah!

What a stupid style! Mine is so unaffected, in contrast!

Hahah!
posted by sonofsamiam at 2:15 PM on June 16, 2006


I almost forgot Lynda Carter, but I knew someone offline would remind me.
posted by Smart Dalek at 2:16 PM on June 16, 2006


dejah420, Good call. I've wondered about that betty page jet black bangs looks for a while now. It comes in all sorts of variations and I've never thought it particularly flattering for the wearer. But there are the standard issue hipguy looks too that are versions of the bettypage look for males.
posted by nickyskye at 2:22 PM on June 16, 2006


Has this website gone downhill lately or something? Been a while since I've been around, but I paid my 5 dolla because it genuinely had cool links, and cool comments.

First of all, the post itself is lame. I don't even know who Cooper is. There's nothing in the post or the link to suggest who he is, or why I should even be interested in researching it on my own. I can't even tell WHY the person posted it. Was it because it's about Cooper (whoever he is!), because of the shirt (who cares?), because of the girl (what about her?). Who knows!

Secondly, I've seen some really shitty comments about the LJ'er. Comments about her look, her hair, her very person for even posting such a thing. Someone got to see someone they admire and made an excited post. Good for them. What the fuck is wrong with you people? Look, it's LJ, it's a place people post stuff for their friends and, secondly, for a community which might have a similar interest. If you are neither, let it be. It's assholes like you that force people to make their LJ's private, thus denying access to other people who might've been interested. Yes, she has the right to be offended. A very well-trafficed and popular site linked her private LJ and in the comments insulted her personally. Jesus.

/wants 5 bucks back
posted by cj_ at 2:29 PM on June 16, 2006


Well I already spent them.
posted by sonofsamiam at 2:38 PM on June 16, 2006


blazecock is right... the remote controlled flameout definitely makes this the self-fulfilling best of the web.

either that, or a bunch of inter-net people yelling at each other in some sort of cracked out game of electronic red rover.
posted by kaytwo at 2:39 PM on June 16, 2006


To answer your question: Cooper is the prime minister of Canada. What, do you live in a cave?
posted by found missing at 2:57 PM on June 16, 2006


I don't even know who Cooper is . . . Someone got to see someone they admire and made an excited post. Good for them. What the fuck is wrong with you people? Look, it's LJ, it's a place people post stuff for their friends and, secondly, for a community which might have a similar interest. If you are neither, let it be. It's assholes like you that force people to make their LJ's private

Give me your address (my email's in the profile) and I will email you five dollars US to make you go away.

1. The fucking hipster "I don't watch TV" thing has been done and done better.
2. Someone got to see someone they admire, but no one famous enough for you to care for some reason. Which is it?
3. LiveJournal is for everyone working out how they weren't popular in high school. By reinventing a high school of nerds. Interestingly, you get the same social strata. Weird, huh?
4. OHMIFUCKINGGOD, did I compel someone to have to make their LiveJournal private? No, I didn't . . . because I don't fucking care about someone on LiveJournal. It's a self-important wank fest of self-importat crises like having to lock down your LJ lest no one see it.
posted by yerfatma at 3:15 PM on June 16, 2006


Upon reflection, I will have to physically mail you the $5. I dunno how to email them. It will be five ones that read "This is a stick up" in crayon. If I can think of a reasonable misspelling to put in there, I will.
posted by yerfatma at 3:16 PM on June 16, 2006


Yeah, mefi did get pretty bad. Shame. :/

Keep the fiver.
posted by cj_ at 3:25 PM on June 16, 2006


Anderson Cooper's own Mento's/Diet Coke experiment [YouTube video].
posted by ericb at 3:26 PM on June 16, 2006


I must admit that my initial reaction to this post was: meh. However, it really is one of the better posts in the past few weeks - wacky fun. Thanks Ricky_gr10.

By the way, what's up with this AC obsession? Two thirds of your posts are devoted to him. Crush, bud, relative? Are you Anderson Cooper?
posted by caddis at 3:28 PM on June 16, 2006


And one more thing.. "because I don't fucking care about someone on LiveJournal. It's a self-important wank fest"

Then what do you call posting a front page post about this person for the purpose of knocking them down a notch? The irony, it burns. Or maybe it's not irony, just fucking stupidity. I could never get the two straight.
posted by cj_ at 3:30 PM on June 16, 2006


Metafilter: I want my five bucks back.
posted by ed at 3:31 PM on June 16, 2006


I've wondered about that betty page jet black bangs looks for a while now. It comes in all sorts of variations and I've never thought it particularly flattering for the wearer.

In The Notorious Betty Page they portray the bang hairstyle as being suggested by a photographer friend of hers to hide her out-of-proportion large forehead. That has always been the purpose of bangs.
posted by afx114 at 3:33 PM on June 16, 2006


Judging from the pictures, the book signing was in Book Soup on Sunset Blvd. about a block east of the Viper Room (and also in West Hollywood). That 7 year old is bound to see something spicier than that t-shirt. Like the homeless guy that wipes his butt with newspaper after defecating in front of Mel's Diner. Or Janice Dickinson who will be there next week signing... something?
posted by lazymonster at 3:34 PM on June 16, 2006


92 comments and no .gifs yet? For shame.



Anderson Cooper by Diane Arbus.

The portrait, shot for Harper's Bazaar, is described in Patricia Bosworth's Arbus biography:
"To dispel the growing myth that [Arbus] only took pictures of freaks, she made up a list of elegant people she wanted to photograph...As if to prove her point, she took a remarkable portrait of Gloria Vanderbilt's sleeping baby son, Anderson Hays Cooper, for a Harper's Bazaar Valentine issue. In this truly astonishing picture, the infant resembles a flat white death's head -- eyes sealed shut, mouth pursed and moist with saliva. When Gloria Vanderbilt saw the photograph, she forbade Bazaar to publish it, but eventually she changed her mind and this stunning image opened Diane's retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1972."
posted by ericb at 3:39 PM on June 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


Or Janice Dickinson who will be there next week signing... something?

Janice Dickinson Knows Her Men.[YouTube video]
posted by ericb at 3:41 PM on June 16, 2006


afx114, Thanks for that info. You're right: "Bettie Page moved to New York, where she met Jerry Tibbs. Jerry was a cop who dabbled in photography. He helped her put together her pin-up portfolio and suggested that she wear bangs to mask her high forehead"

I like high foreheads on men and women.
posted by nickyskye at 3:59 PM on June 16, 2006


Cool, I wrote the "via" post on yeeeah.com that you linked from.
posted by nyxxxx at 4:21 PM on June 16, 2006


You mean the yeeeah site "for snarky people"?
posted by nickyskye at 4:31 PM on June 16, 2006


Then what do you call posting a front page post about this person for the purpose of knocking them down a notch?

I thought the woman's stunt displayed a rare and paradoxical mixture of genuinely earnest and sweet cuteness and clever (at least amusing?) irony. I'm surprised that so many people have been moved to comment on this. I am chuffed that the fpp and its aftermath have inspired one of the wittiest and best-written diatribes I've read in weeks, though.

By the way, what's up with this AC obsession? Two thirds of your posts are devoted to him. Crush, bud, relative? Are you Anderson Cooper?

Damn, someone noticed. All of the above. Okay, none. (But yes, it is a strange coincidence.)
posted by Ricky_gr10 at 4:39 PM on June 16, 2006


Oh, and I also really wanted an excuse to use the boner tag.
posted by Ricky_gr10 at 4:41 PM on June 16, 2006


Yes, I'm snarky.
posted by nyxxxx at 4:50 PM on June 16, 2006


So Anderson Cooper is Gloria Vanderbilt's son.

Well, fuck me. I had no idea. Add another goddamned useless fact to the pile of trivia in my head that displaces important things.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:53 PM on June 16, 2006


One of the saddest things about the invasiveness of modern television is that I don't have a tv, but I do know who Anderson Cooper is. That said, superior genetics aside, the guy looks like a replicant to me.
posted by elwoodwiles at 5:47 PM on June 16, 2006


Hair comments from Smart Dalek and afx114...groovy info, thanks!

sonofsamiam, chill dude. I was commenting on something I see all the time, but that nobody could explain when I asked. Good lord, it was hardly an attack on her. It wasn't even an attack on the hair. It was a Seinfeldian "Have ya ever noticed that hair? What's up with that?" comment. Not an attack on your (presumed) hipness. I bow to your coolness and am sure that it is far greater than the old-goth, black-wearing, soapmaking, stay at home mom that I am. Still, the question had to be asked. And it was answered. So, ya know, yay.
posted by dejah420 at 5:56 PM on June 16, 2006


A very well-trafficed and popular site linked her private LJ and in the comments insulted her personally. Jesus.

/wants 5 bucks back
posted by cj_ at 5:29 PM EST on June 16


Nuh uh. Not private unless it's "Friends-Only". Otherwise, it's out there for everyone to see.
posted by exlotuseater at 6:13 PM on June 16, 2006


For the record, heard this afternoon that Anderson moved out, no longer living with mom, lives with his boyfriend now in a funky/quiet part of NYC.

-Going gray is like ejaculating. You know it can happen prematurely, but when it actually does, it's a total shock. ~Anderson Cooper, Details Magazine 2003
posted by nickyskye at 6:13 PM on June 16, 2006


p.s. Bettie Page hair is awesome.
posted by exlotuseater at 6:14 PM on June 16, 2006


For a while I found the Bettie Page hair hawt, but then I went to this bar and every female-type person there had it. Including the barkeep. It was rather disorienting. After that, I kind of picked out the Bettie Page-sportin' person as a certain "type." Kind of like the overweight guy with the black, thick-rimmed glasses and the goatee, wearing black. You move in certain circles, and I suppose you see the same person again and again.

Which is unfair, I realize. I feel like a moron putting people into "types," but a lot of people definitely fit into certain visual molds. And you get sick of seeing the same templates again and again. My first instinct was to not like this gal, just because of the 'do. But, whether or not this post was the best of the web, I dig that shirt. I don't exactly get the mass obsession with Cooper (is it Gawker's fault?), but that shirt is hilarious. Perhaps because I don't get the attraction. Anyway, she's got moxy, and more power to her.
posted by brundlefly at 6:37 PM on June 16, 2006


Cooper avec boyfriend
posted by amberglow at 6:39 PM on June 16, 2006


A year ago Cooper put his West 38th St. co-op apartment up for sale.
posted by ericb at 6:39 PM on June 16, 2006


What exlotuseater said.
And thank you, Smart Dalek.
That totally gave me a boner.

While I'd agree that the Nonconformist Uniform shtick is kinda old, at least hipster gals come off as very very cute and fun, unlike their male counterparts, whom often have a "My cool sister who went to Berkley took me shopping this weekend! I'd like to see them pick me last for kick ball now!" vibe goin' on.

Besides, what group, whether they be punks or soccer moms, hip hoppers or sys admins, don't have their sartorial tics and tropes?


Wanking to celebrities. Blech.
posted by mrgrimm

Wanking to attainable people you meet in everyday situations is sad, kinda creepy, and shows an incredible lack of imagination.
Just sayin'.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 6:51 PM on June 16, 2006


Alvy- you're right. I never got the whole Cult-of-Personality thing; I've met some famous people, and other than a "I really liked your work in xyz", I see no reason to treat them as different than anyone else.

I work with a furniture restorer/refinisher, and we only do very high-end work- as a result of this, we end up in the condos and homes of some famous people. I'll be in one in nyc on wednesday. So what.
posted by exlotuseater at 7:04 PM on June 16, 2006


She has Morrissey as an avatar; I'm going to give her credit for knowing Anderson Cooper likes boys.

I thought it was a sweet little post.
posted by padraigin at 7:17 PM on June 16, 2006


A year ago Cooper put his West 38th St. co-op apartment up for sale.

How could a heterosexual person such as he have such ginormous closets?

In all seriousness, has Cooper made any comments about his sexuality? I always hear innuendos about it, but never anything specific from him. Is he (1) out publicly, (2) out to his friends/family, (3) people like brundlefly are making too big a deal out of it or (4) totally in the closet, despite all the gossip rags.

Or, uh, is he straight? I forgot about that option.

I'd like to see an openly gay anchor. If the dude is gay, he should come out. He's charismatic, good lookin'. Not a walking stereotype like the guys from Queer Guy. If the guy is gay, he owes it to America to come out.
posted by brundlefly at 7:36 PM on June 16, 2006


If the guy is gay, he owes it to America to come out.

Why does anyone owe the American public anything about his or her private life?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:51 PM on June 16, 2006


If the guy is gay, he owes it to America to come out.

He owes America nothing!!!
One topic that is glaringly absent from Dispatches is that of his private life. In particular, Cooper's sexuality has been a source of broad speculation for some time. But it's a subject he refuses to address publicly. "I do my job and that's really what I'm about," he says. "The rest I have no interest in talking about and people can make up their own minds and think what they want."
-Macleans

Seriously though, while I see your point... it's his life. I mean, the dude's baby picture is world famous, his mom was Gloria Vanderbilt, I'm just surprised he isn't wearing kleen-ex boxes on his feet and saving his pee.



And exlotuseater: Sorry for being thick, but I'm not sure if you're agreeing with me or not. And really, isn't that the only thing that matters here? :D
I'm not the type of person to fawn over or be starstruck by a celeb - which is what mrgrimm meant by wanking, I believe - either, I was just goofing that he meant it literally, IE fantasizing about Angelina Jolie is yucky as opposed to the highly attainable, completely approachable girl one sees at the bus stop every morning.

posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:55 PM on June 16, 2006


I'm just surprised he isn't wearing kleen-ex boxes on his feet and saving his pee

lol

I think threads like this one with snarking can be a just hangin' out on Friday thread, shootin' the breeze, using a silly topic to do it, fluff and fun.

There's danger in putting people on pedestals, not seeing them as real, human, flawed. However, there's also something likeably lighthearted in April's mischievous t shirt and her admiring enthusiasm. It's a goof, her being female admiring a gay man, outing him as gay -playfully disrespectfully- by complimenting him as if she were a gay man with a boner. It's got some good twists there.
posted by nickyskye at 8:00 PM on June 16, 2006


Then what do you call posting a front page post about this person for the purpose of knocking them down a notch?

Friday. Here's the thing: there's a larger world out there. Don't tell your LJ friend, 'cuz it'll just (crazy emoticonsx8) blow their minds, but it's there. And while we live happily in the bee-loud glade, we still laugh at you nuts once in a while.
posted by yerfatma at 8:19 PM on June 16, 2006


Why does anyone owe the American public anything about his or her private life?

You are completely right. I apologize. It's nobody's business but their own. But I do think there needs to be some public figure, outside of Queer Eye or Will and Grace, who is openly gay without making a career out of their "gayness."

It's that person's business whether they come out, of course, but I think it would be very productive if someone in Cooper's position came out. I'm just tired of seeing gay people in mass media being fashion consultants and snarkly supporting characters in sitcoms. There's no reason for that shit, and a respected journalist coming out publically could do a lot of good, I think.
posted by brundlefly at 8:19 PM on June 16, 2006


*e-mails yerfatma, pretends to be cj_*
posted by graventy at 8:22 PM on June 16, 2006


I want cj_'s five bucks back.
posted by graventy at 8:22 PM on June 16, 2006


In all seriousness, has Cooper made any comments about his sexuality?

Apparently, he's been evasive when asked.

I stand with others that his private life is his own business.

Let's recall, however, the brouhaha over Michael Musto's (alleged) "outing" of Cooper.
posted by ericb at 8:27 PM on June 16, 2006


I'm just surprised he isn't wearing kleen-ex boxes on his feet and saving his pee

lol


Alvy Ampersand makes reference to Howard Hughes in his final years of recluse:
"This is all before his psychic collapse into fear of large-scale germ warfare via Kleenex, a mental illness that Higham suggests Hughes picked up from his mother, a monumental cleanliness nut. As for the bisexual hearsay, Higham says he got it from Lawrence Quirk, nephew of Photoplay publisher James Quirk, who got it straight from Hughes's bisexual uncle Rupert Hughes, who got it from Hughes himself during a confessional outpouring. Higham says that Hughes's ``sexual partners were not so much lovers as hostages, prisoners or victims of his will; he had to dominate in everything.' The author tells of Hughes's descent into Hollywood S&M, and as for his news about Hughes paying off Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon: It may not be new, but it comes strongly documented. The recluse's last years are...ripe--he even takes to storing his urine in Mason jars."
posted by ericb at 8:37 PM on June 16, 2006


Liz Smith, Andrew Sullivan, Irshad Manji... oh, respected journalists!

Uhm, Jeff Gannon?


Sifitng through Wikipedia's list of gay and bisexual folks is kinda making me feel like Homer Simpson before the comet... wow, Brent Bambury?
Cool!
[citation needed]

Darn!

posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:38 PM on June 16, 2006


Alvy: We are in agreement. My tone may have belied my intent.
posted by exlotuseater at 8:56 PM on June 16, 2006


Truly the best of the web.

Taking two unworthy links and sticking them together doesn't make this any better of a post.

Is that the pungent stench of asshole? Scouring people's livejournals so you can slyly potshot them over what makes them happy? Nice guy. Should someone post your livejournal thread about meeting Al Franken?

I have nothing but disregard for Anderson Cooper but the original poster and those with similar attitudes should put their thumbs on their seats and make like Potsie.
posted by rob paxon at 9:03 PM on June 16, 2006


/makes love to graventy's mouth, then notices lack of an underscore
/sleeps
posted by yerfatma at 9:06 PM on June 16, 2006


Erm, I overlooked the "via" part, thought they were two unrelated links. Everything else stands.
posted by rob paxon at 9:07 PM on June 16, 2006


Metafilter: Nothing but disregard for Anderson Cooper
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:42 PM on June 16, 2006


Does anyone else remember him on "World News Now"? Good times. Yes.
Carry on.
posted by Dr. Zira at 10:12 PM on June 16, 2006


Yeah, those were good times. Especially the guy with the accordion who'd play the "World News Polka" every week. I think more newscasts should have polkas...
posted by equalpants at 10:49 PM on June 16, 2006


One of the saddest things about the invasiveness of modern television is that I don't have a tv, but I do know who Anderson Cooper is.

Conversely I do have a television, and I didn't know who he was. Still don't, precisely, but he's apparently a talking head of some kind.

When I see the name I just think "accounting firm".
posted by George_Spiggott at 10:55 PM on June 16, 2006


Anderson Cooper ate my balls.

Oh wait, Metafilter. Um. . . Anderson Cooper ingested my cullions?
posted by dgaicun at 11:17 PM on June 16, 2006


Er, I suppose rob paxton missed or chose to ignore my previous clarification. But really, folks, hasn't this thread attracted enough thoughtful and measured comments already?
posted by Ricky_gr10 at 12:01 AM on June 17, 2006


You have reached the end of metafilter. Please go out and play.
posted by fourcheesemac at 2:50 AM on June 17, 2006


April is looking pretty sweet and fun while MetaFilter is looking petty and mean.
posted by caddis at 6:31 AM on June 17, 2006


Wow, what a burn. She's looking lots of things that Metafilter is not.
posted by yerfatma at 9:16 PM on June 17, 2006


So, what id a guy went to a Jennifer Lopez concert with a thirt that said "JLo gives me a boner," or I went to a meetup with Matt and wore a tshirt sating "Mathowie gives me a boner," Matt, please come to the NorthEast for a meetup. or showed up at the Today show with a tshirt saying "Ann Curry... You get the idea. It's harassment. Not the worst ever, but still.
posted by theora55 at 10:23 PM on June 17, 2006


You people need to take cold showers.
posted by ed

..with Anderson Cooper.
posted by brundlefly


This has now taken the place of "...in bed" as the unspoken ending that must be tacked onto the end of any fortune cookie you read.
posted by lekvar at 10:42 PM on June 17, 2006


This thread is awesome.

"A very well-trafficed and popular site linked her private LJ and in the comments insulted her personally. Jesus.

/wants 5 bucks back
posted by cj_ at 5:29 PM EST on June 16"


Metafilter is a good website that somehow continues to improve over time, rather than spiral down into obscurity. Like most websites.

I'm sorry you feel that you wasted five dollars. Please go away.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 11:54 AM on June 18, 2006


Y'all are idiots. April rocks. She knows he's gay. She's just a positive, happy non-cynical person. Something Metahipster isn't.
posted by DieHipsterDie at 12:58 PM on June 18, 2006


Wearing any "______ gives me a boner" shirt is the definition of wanna-be hipster, DHD. The only shirt more hipsterish than it is the "I fucked _____" ones.
posted by amberglow at 10:55 AM on June 19, 2006


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