Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper are those gay friends who get a house together on Fire Island for the summer just to make you feel bad about it with their Instagram photos — although they’re definitely not renting. Andy and Anderson probably buy a row of three houses and one is just for their dogs while another has a grand piano and a microphone (with autotune) so Luann de Lesseps can perform cabaret at any given moment. Cohen and Cooper are also, apparently, those gay BFFs who have slept with the same person, a gay experience so universal there should be a pamphlet about it at the free clinic where you pick up your PrEP prescription.
During an episode of Watch What Happens Live! on Sunday, Cooper joined his pal for a game of “One, Two, AC!” Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey asked the boys to confess “the one thing people don’t know about the two of you?”
“That we’re Eskimo brothers,” said Cohen, adding that “you gotta look it up on Urban Dictionary, I can’t say it on the show.” Cooper giggled, saying, “I don’t even know if that’s true.”
“It’s true, we just found this out a few weeks ago,” said Cohen.
While it makes complete sense that Cohen and Cooper, being wealthy white gay men in entertainment, would have shared a sexual partner or two — New York City only has so many twunks — it’s disappointing Cohen felt the need to use such an offensive, racially-charged term. “Eskimo” is already offensive on its own, a blanket term for all Inuit and Yupik people ascribed to them by non-Inuits. The term “eskimo brothers” comes from the inaccurate notion that Inuit men shared their wives as a form of hospitality.
Andy and Anderson, share all the twinks, twunks and daddies you want, just be a more respectful with how you talk about it. One of you is a serious journalist, after all.