Journalist Brian Moylan Who Outed Lee Pace Also Targeted and Outed Anderson Cooper In the Past



– Gay freelance writer Brian Moylan got a lot of attention when his interview inadvertently led to Lee Pace coming out earlier this week. In an interview for W Magazine, Pace was comparing his current role in Angels In America with his 2011 role in The Normal Heart: “Our understanding of what it means to be gay is just so different ... It’s just so much further down the road. It’s an interesting thing for me to think about in this moment while working on this play.”
– Moylan then asked him if Lee identified as gay, to which Lee responded: “I've dated men. I've dated women,” he explained. “I don't know why anyone would care. I'm an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don't know what to say—I find your question intrusive.”
– People were quick to criticize Pace for cornering himself, including many on ONTD. Why didn't Pace chart out every possible answer to every possible question iron-clad like fort knox instead of sort of slipping up but not really because of what I'm about to tell you like every other human being on this earth? But in reality this was no an innocent quesiton by Moylan – he previously outed Anderson Cooper.
– In 2009, Moylan published an article for Gawker titled "Anderson Cooper Is a Giant Homosexual and Everyone Knows It". In it, Moylan stalked and detailed the glass closet life of Cooper, including his openly gay life in Manhattan, bringing his boyfriend to an Oscar Vanity Fair party, partying with his boyfriend on a Mardi Gras float, and rumors from gay bars in NY.
– Moylan also lists celebrities like Hugh Jackman, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, as actors who if they *are* gay, they're doing it in secret – and he's fine with that. What Moylan had a problem with is the Jodie Fosters, Ricky Martins, Queen Latifahs, and Anderson Coopers of the world who live gay lives but refuse to acknowledge on a larger platform to the public. In his own words: "Cooper and his set of cohorts live openly gay lives — and that's a good thing — but they refuse to acknowledge what the public already knows."
– In 2012 after Cooper came out, Moylan defended himself.
Cooper was living the life he lives now, he's just admitting it to everyone, because The LGBTQ community needs it. Cooper already appeared in OUT magazine and his sexuality had been factually stated by a celebrity in some newspaper one time so what he did was okay. In his own words, again: "Those are precisely the same reasons that fueled what I am happy to admit was my personal crusade to nudge Cooper slowly out of the closet, whether he wanted to come or not. Every gay New Yorker with a set of eyes and a membership to David Barton Gym could see the truth, and I thought it the height of hypocrisy not to report it. The same held for journalists who either refused to ask questions about Anderson's personal life or, even worse, those who knew or witnessed the answer and refused to put it down on the record out of some misguided quest of decency. They never would have done that to a straight news anchor they were profiling. Cooper did not keep this secret alone and I thought all his accomplices should be held accountable."
– In 2016, Moylan defended himself for outing Cooper again – and claimed it made Cooper a better journalist. He ultimately did him a favor. In his own words, one more time: "Years ago, when I was a journalist at Gawker, Cooper, then living in a glass closet, was my bête noir. In 2009, I wrote a story titled Anderson Cooper Is a Giant Homosexual and Everyone Knows It. I was not the first person to out Cooper but I was very persistent, regularly posting stories pleading with him to come out and show America that there is nothing shameful about being gay" [...] "Watching Cooper well up while reading the names of the Orlando victims is especially powerful because viewers know that the tragedy feels personal for him, as it is for all gay Americans. Watching Cooper stand up to Bondi is even more meaningful because not only is she being forced to answer for her anti-gay speech in the past, but she’s being held accountable for it by a gay man. His very existence, standing there in front of her in one of his dozens of tight black polo shirts, disproves her claim that gay people can do “harm”."
– Moylan also write an article in 2015 titled "There Is Nothing Wrong With Asking Tom Hardy About Sexuality" in response to the September 2015 incident during a press panel for the film Legend where a journalist asked Hardy about his his sexuality, referencing a 2008 statement on having gay flings in the past. In the film, Hardy plays two identical twins, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, the former of whom was said to be gay (Ronnie identified as bisexual in one interview, and it's rumored both brothers were, but back to the point).
– Moylan argues the question is relevant to his portrayal of Ronnie Kray, "
That’s likely why the reporter asked about Hardy’s sexual orientation. It’s the same reason why a reporter might ask the man playing Jesus in a TV movie whether or not he was raised Christian. It doesn’t question his competence as an actor, but it does have relevance to what sort of personal experiences he brings to the role." Moylan also says the response to Hardy dismissing the question is homophobic because being gay is nothing to be ashamed of. Shame Moylan didn't a chance to out him too... and Hardy didn't even say anything about it's important for gay/bi actors to be in those roles!
– People are still pissed at Moylan for exploting Lee Pace. Given Moylan's history of behavior, it's clear he knew what he was doing in that interview. In Moylan's world, there is no room for living in the in-between or the glass closet. LGBTQ actors can't be afforded the luxury of just living the way they want: it's either the closet or the pedestal. Give this incident nine years (or maybe one or two re: the rapid news cycle compared to 2012) and I'm sure Moylan will be thanking his intrusive ass for something Pace ends up doing.

















ONTD, were you criticizing Lee for his response? Because I've got some crow for you.

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