When it comes to standing up for what he believes in, CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper doesn’t back down from anyone. He hasn’t backed down from Alec Baldwin or Pat Robertson and he certainly didn’t back down from an anti-gay former sportscaster in Canada who knocked him on Twitter for supporting recently out NCAA Division I basketball player Derrick Gordon. According to a report by the Advocate on April 12, Cooper had enough and fired back against the anti-gay troll.
Cooper, who came out as gay just two years ago to the public, knows first hand the courage it takes to open up to the world about his sexuality. On Thursday, Cooper tweeted out his support of the University of Massachusetts basketball player. He tweeted that he was “watching @flash2gordon speak about being out and proud, he is incredibly courageous and inspiring.”
Apparently Cooper’s support of Gordon irked Damian Goodard, the anti-gay sportscaster, enough that he felt compelled to tweet at the CNN anchor. He added “And don’t forget lost” to Cooper’s original tweet, throwing jabs at Gordon and also taking the time to tell Cooper just how wrong he through he was. He responded to Cooper with “@andershoncooper @flash2gordon Mr. Cooper, you seem a good man with a warm heart. But you are dead wrong on #homosexuality. #prayingforyou.”
Cooper, who doesn’t usually take the time to address such nonsense on Twitter, gave Goodard a little bit of time by subtly attacking his choice of fashion in his Twitter picture. He tweeted back in response, “with that tie and pocket square combo I am praying for you too my friend.”
Goodard then responded and used the hashtag “1m1w” in his tweet, referring to his stance on gay marriage. His anti-gay marriage stance and comments is what originally let the former Sportsnet’s “Connected” host to face disciplinary action in 2011. As far as Cooper’s fashion comment, Damian Goodard didn’t seem to have a good comeback. He simply tweeted, “I’ll pass that along to the stylists at Rogers Communications Inc.” This battle will have to go to Anderson Cooper.