Robin Roberts, one of the co-hosts on Good Morning America (GMA), has had quite the tumultuous few years. First she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She discussed her battle and feelings of depression in this Ladies Home Journal article. For a while things seemed to be going well, and then she was stunned by the news that she was suffering from the rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in 2012 which caused her to leave her post. Even scarier was learning that it might have been the treatment used for her first bout with cancer that caused the new cancer. After successful treatment and a bone marrow transplant from her sister, Roberts bravely returned to her position on GMA.
Now she’s facing a battle of a different kind, one that has nothing to do with her health; the battle of public opinion. Your audience can be your biggest supporter one moment, and then cut you like a knife the next. It was reported that Roberts came out and admitted she was gay on her Facebook page in December 2013. But Roberts took it a step further. She openly discussed her relationship with a woman on GMA, to include showing a photo. Is this going too far?
Whatever one’s stance is on gay or lesbian relationships is it necessary for the involved parties to discuss it in public settings? It seems to be crossing the line. It would be rather off-putting for every heterosexual news anchor or celebrity to make a point of saying they are straight. While everyone is very happy to see Roberts regain her health and back in her anchor spot at GMA, sexual orientations and other delicacies should be kept behind closed doors. What say you?