Anderson Cooper Acts Like a Dyngus

By: Heather Campobello - April 11, 2012

Over the summer Anderson Cooper went on a 40 second giggle fest after he discussed Gerard Depardieu’s airplane urinating incident on The Ridiculist. The French actor could not wait to use the toilet a moment longer and decided to let out his own jet stream on a CityJet flight from Paris to Dublin.

The following clip made me laugh for over five minutes and I had to wipe my eyes twice; apparently laughter is contagious:

Anderson told CNN anchor John King that he was completely embarrassed over the display and thinks he laughs like a 13-year-old girl at an N’ Sync concert.

Alas, his giggles have returned.

This time the trigger for his giggling was Dyngus Day, a Polish-American holiday widely celebrated in my hometown of Buffalo, NY. It is a common custom for boys to sprinkle girls that they like with water and for girls to respond to such initiations by tapping them with pussy willows.

Other polish festivities surrounding the pre-Easter event include polka, lots of liquor, and pierogis (fattening and delicious dumplings stuffed with cheese, potatoes, and sauerkraut and fried in butter).

The entire scene can look very bizarre to outsiders and it is understandable why Cooper was lost for words for over a minute, but some people are mad and feel like he is picking on the ethnic holiday.

Here is what some people posted on YouTube:

“Would it be funny to laugh at the traditions of CNN’s favorite groups like Blacks and Gays? Anderson Cooper would go crazy if anyone ever laughed at? or ridiculed his Gay people.”

“Indeed. These media morons like Anderson? Cooper are anti-Polish Bigots.”

“I wonder if he makes fun of other holidays,? like say, Martin Luther King Day or Kwanza? Another prime example of anti-Polish sentiment in the USA.”

Cooper apologized on Twitter for his giggle fit:

In ridiculist I called my silly giggle fit “so stupid” not @dyngusday. Sounds like a fun celebration. Genuinely sorry if I offended anyone.(image) 4 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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Heather CampobelloPrior to working as a Staff Writer for WebProNews I was an English Instructor at various colleges in New York, Colorado, and Wyoming. I have a Master of Arts in English from the SUNY of New York at Buffalo and have been working in marketing, clinical research, and education for the past five years. Google:+Heather Campobello

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