CNN host Anderson Cooper has put Amy
Kushnir on The RidicuList over her claim that her opposition to a
kiss broadcast by ESPN between Michael Sam and his boyfriend is not
about sexual orientation.
Kushnir made headlines last week when
she walked off the set of The Broadcast as the four co-hosts
debated the kiss, which took place when Sam learned that he had been
drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
talk show host Amy Kushnir storms off set over Michael Sam kiss.)
“When parents do not have a choice
about whether or not they want their children to see this, it is
wrong,” Kushnir told her co-hosts. “He has every right to do
what he wants, I just don't want it in my face.”
“What I was referring to was the ESPN
event. What was put on ESPN for shock value,” Kushnir
told Glenn Beck. “That's what I was trying to talk about. It
had nothing to do with sexual preference.”
“Now Amy Kushnir apparently has been
taking some criticism online,” Cooper told his 360 audience.
“But listen she has every right to express her opinion. She just
wants us to think of the children, and she has a point.”
Cooper said action was needed to ensure
that TV does not become a “free for all replete with half-naked men
and indiscriminate kissing” before playing The Broadcast
footage of Kushnir gleefully being hoisted in the air by two
half-naked male strippers whom she kisses on their cheeks.
“It's okay, she was kissing strippers
and she didn't even really know them. It's not like two guys who
actually, you know, are in love, or anything – that's offensive,”
Cooper sarcastically said.
“To Amy Kushnir's argument that
nobody shows football players kissing their wives or their
girlfriends, well that's simply not true. And I don't think she's
being exactly honest when she says she wouldn't want to see that
either, or she yells 'Get a room' whenever she sees that.” (The
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