Morning TV Host Loses It Over Michael Sam Kiss, Storms Off Set
Things got testy this week on the set of “The Broadcast,” a Dallas morning show in the mold of “The View.”
The four co-hosts were divided over NFL draftee Michael Sam, who shared an on-air kiss with his boyfriend following his historic selection by the St. Louis Rams.
And no one felt more strongly than Amy Kushnir, who decried the kiss and the networks for airing it.
"When parents do not have a choice about whether or not they want their children to see this, it is wrong," Kushnir complained….
She said she didn’t consider Sam’s selection a “moment of celebration”
"It’s being pushed in faces. I don’t want to see that," Kushnir said." I don’t want to see cake in your face, kissing each other."
Suzie Humphreys, another member of the panel, rushed to Kushnir’s defense. Humphreys took issue both with the fallout over Donald Sterling’s remarks and the punishment levied against a member of the Miami Dolphins who mocked Sam on Twitter.
"It is all one-sided," Humphreys surmised. "It all has to do with social media. The whole thing. And I know I represent a lot of people who are sick of it."
Humphreys wondered why Kushnir didn’t have a right to speak her mind “without being slambasted [sic] about.”
Whatever your feelings about public displays of affection, I think we can all agree on one thing: No one should ever be slambasted. Ever. For anything.
But, seriously, it’s pretty stunning that two people kissing is enough to drive someone so completely around the bend. And I love the idea that parents don’t have a choice about whether or not they want their children to see two people kissing, as if the vast majority of parents were watching the 7th round of the NFL draft with their children. But it’s even more stunning to suggest that an unscripted moment of personal celebration was part of some agenda that’s being rubbed in the faces of decent people everywhere by “social media” or the liberals or the gays or whomever.
I’ll tell you something, just between us: I don’t particularly like public displays of affection. It’s not like they make me physically ill, but they’re not my favorite thing. But they tend to happen a lot, especially if you’re watching sports. Winners kiss their husbands or wives or girlfriends or boyfriends and the camera tends to seek it out because the networks want to broadcast authentic human emotion. But I’m guessing these ladies who are complaining about Michael Sam didn’t do a whole lot of complaining about other public displays of affection … because they didn’t care about them. They either didn’t see them when they happened (just like, I’m guessing, they didn’t see this kiss when it happened because, again I’m guessing, they didn’t watch the 7th round of the NFL draft) or else it didn’t register as unusual or uncomfortable for them in any way.
So maybe the woman who stormed off the set of her show should just say what she means: Gays shouldn’t be allowed to do anything or to be anywhere because their very existence disturbs offends her.
HT: Tom Kludt.