During a recent lecture at UCLA, CNN’s Anderson Cooper was asked to respond to his now infamous “teabagging” comment referring to the April 15th Tea Parties held around the country. His response? An apology of sorts, saying it was “silly and stupid”. Indeed. Read more below, see photos and a video.
“It’s hard to talk when your teabagging” — his crude, 7-word comment heard ’round the world. Teabagging — for those of you who may have missed the kerfluffle last month or who don’t live in a frat house — refers to a sexual act involving part of the male genitalia and a second person’s face or mouth.
Anderson Cooper was asked about the nasty one-liner oddly enough at a lecture series held at UCLA in honor of Daniel Pearl, the journalist for the WSJ killed in the months following 9/11.
Seemingly to smirk all the way through his answer, Cooper said he regretted making the “stupid, silly” comment saying this about the viral attention it received:
“I think it’s an incorrect statement to say I was, in any way, trying to disparage legitimate protests. I don’t think it’s my job to disparage, or encourage, which oddly other networks seemed to be doing. Protest is the great right of all Americans, and it’s not my job in any way to make fun of people or disparage what they’re doing.”
“If people took offense to that and felt that I was disparaging their legitimate right to protest, and what they were doing, then that is something I truly regret, because I don’t believe in doing that,” he said. “Having this discussion just takes away from the real story.”
He made no reference to the openly contemptuous behavior of his fellow CNN reporter Susan Roesgen or even that of his fellow raunchy bottom feeders over at MSNBC. You can watch his ‘apology sortof’ response on video by going here.
So, yes Anderson, your comment about the Tea Party protests was stupid and silly. They were also demeaning, disparaging, and incredibly elitist. But hey, we accept your apology.
More photos and a video from CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s Teabagging Apology are below.
Anderson Cooper Teabaggin’ Video