PHOTO: Olympic champion skier Gus Kenworthy, who came out as gay this year, celebrated New Year's Eve 2016 in New York City Times Square with the professional comedian Kathy Griffin, a self-described "fag hag" (women who love gay men), and her favorite "straight man" comedy foil, the serious, but very out and openly gay, CNN TV news anchorman Anderson Cooper at 10:19PM ET Dec. 31, 3015 on the CNN cable TV news channel show "New Year's Eve Live with Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper." (See previous posts Breckenridge skier comes out apes 1963 ski flip by Stein Eriksen (12/10/15) and NBC won't say skier came out as gay only calling it 'a decision he made' this year (12/14/15))
It makes sense that Olympic champion skier Gus Kenworthy was their biggest guest because the CNN cable TV news channel show "New Year's Eve Live with Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper" has become the gayest place to be on New Years' Eve. The first year it aired, the professional comedian Kathy Griffin, a self-described "fag hag" (women who love gay men), and her favorite partner, the serious, but gay, CNN TV news anchorman Anderson Cooper, cracked so many risque jokes that CNN almost cancelled the show for the next year, until they saw the fabulous ratings and heard from enthusiastic fans of the show.
This year was no exception, as Kathy Griffin jokingly asked the skier Gus Kenworthy to explain what the X-Games he competes in are. When Gus seriously replied they were "like" snowboarding and skiing competition, Kathy quickly added, ". . . and Porn?" To which Gus quickly asked back, "Like the triple X games?" Kathy seemed elated that a guest had joined her in cracking jokes instead of being embarrassed and silent, as is often the case. Gus was shown kissing Kathy at the start of one segment and he even politely and gently asked Anderson Cooper if he could at least get kiss on the cheek, to which Anderson squirmed and said maybe during the next commercial break.
Anderson Cooper told Gus Kenworthy he had just come back from skiing in Telluride, Colorado, the town Gus grew up in, and he had seen Gus's high school principal, etc. Kathy Griffin razzed Gus by asking him if he had a hall pass from the principal to be in Times Square. Gus replied that since they wre giving "shout outs" to all of his acquaintances in Telluride he wanted to also give a "shout out" to his "boyfriend Matthew." Of course, on a more serious note, Gus also mentioned his plans to compete in the 2018 Olympic Games in Korea.
The bright-eyed and innocent looking Gus Kenworthy told Kathy and Anderson that this was his first time in "the big city" away from his small hometown of Telluride, Colorado. His enthusiasm and innocence were charming and I wondered if Gus is aware of the cultural history of Times Square, which only a few decades ago had degenerated into being a sleazy district of porno shops and prostitutes before it was "cleaned up" by a Major of New York City. There are several famous paintings, photos and movie scenes that have depicted Times Square, such as the homosexual male hustler scene in the movie "Midnight Cowboy."
PHOTO: The skier Gus Kenworthy came out as gay this year and celebrates after winning again at the Toyota Dew Tour 2015 Men's FreeSki Slopestyle Championship at Breckenridge broadcast live on the NBC TV Network, Sun. Dec. 13, 2015 10:30AM-PT. (See previous posts Breckenridge skier comes out apes 1963 ski flip by Stein Eriksen (12/10/15) and NBC won't say skier came out as gay only calling it 'a decision he made' this year (12/14/15))