Morning Show Host Storms Off Set Over Michael Sam's Kiss

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Amy Kushnir is sick of all this homosexual kissing in her face.
Oh, Texas.

We've been curious about how the Lone Star State would react to the St. Louis Rams drafting Michael Sam since football is practically a religion down there. (How can St. Louis even relate to a state that cares more about high school football than professional baseball?)

Luckily, Dallas' janky version of The View, simply called The Broadcast, offers a fascinating glimpse into the debate over the kiss that shook the sports world.

See also: This Was the Stupidest Reaction to Michael Sam Getting Drafted on the Entire Internet

The second hour of The Broadcast's Tuesday morning show started with an innocent discussion about Sam kissing his boyfriend after being drafted into the NFL and ended with co-host Amy Kushnir storming off set in a homophobic haze.

Apparently Kushnir's problem isn't that Sam kissed his boyfriend; it's that she had to see it.

"Here's the thing, it's being pushed in faces...I don't want to see that. I don't want to see cake in your face, kissing each other," Kushnir says. Later, she adds, "He has every right to do what he wants. That's not my issue. I don't want it in my face."

The only kissing she wants in her face is when NFL players celebrate by kissing their moms, Kushnir says.

"ESPN wouldn't have aired any of it if he'd been kissing his wife. Can we agree this was an opportunity to make 'news'?" Kushnir asks, gesturing the largest air quotes we've ever seen. "This was an opportunity to make 'news,' period."

See also: Michael Sam Protesters Boycott St. Louis Rams, Visa While Supporters Start Online "Kiss-In"

But Kushnir totally loses it when her cohost Courtney Kerr asks this relatively tame question: "You don't want people kissing? People kiss all the time. Why is that so awful?"

Cohost Suzie Humphreys, who also had a problem with Sam's kiss, tries to come to Kushnir's defense, complaining that people who complain about the kiss get "slammed."

"People don't have the right to express the way they feel if it offends somebody else," Humphreys says. (As our sister publication the Dallas Observer points out, that's exactly what Humphreys is doing.) "I live in America. I still feel I have the right of freedom of speech, and I don't have to be penalized for my own opinions, especially in my own house. I have that right in America."

But it's too little too late. Kushnir has clearly had enough. She gathers her things and leaves the set.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Tom Patrick
Tom Patrick

She is disgusting. Dont look if you don't want to see men kissing!

Jayden Mckenzie
Jayden Mckenzie

And I support the right for others to be disgusted by her disgust. Nice try though ya disingenuous prick.

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

Oh, that's rich! I love it! You know, I have found that, in my own life, God served up the most bigoted people the best possible medicine: the very people that they hated the most were thrown in their midst, and God told the idiots, "Here, play with that!" I was raised in a VERY (still practicing) bigoted family. If you weren't white, if you are gay or if you are not a native of this country, they happily used 'special' words for you! As good luck would have it, I now have a mixed race nephew that is big enough to take them down, if necessary, I am gay - and I have a nephew that makes me look as straight and narrow as General MacArthur, himself! Ya gotta be careful of what you choose to hate. God just might see fit to throw YOUR worst nightmare right in your midst and say, "Deal with it !!!"

Gina Beaux Bina
Gina Beaux Bina

Now I'm storming off of Facebook, because I shouldn't have to see that homophobic bitch in my face

Ryan Sevener
Ryan Sevener

As somebody who grew up in St. Louis and lives in Dallas now, Dallas is much more progressive and accepting of gay culture than St. Louis could dream of being

Angela Bohac
Angela Bohac

Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom of consequences. ..As we learned in the duck mans statement. Social media is not your own home. TV is not your own home. The man plays football, he isn't fighting dogs or beating his wife in his spare time. He kissed his SO. Not illegal, not his fault media blew it up. Whether you are disgusted or support him, your opinion is obsolete to the public position he is filling.

Christopher Schmidt
Christopher Schmidt

Anything for ratings. Would she be just as outspoken and upset if 2 women were kissing? We seem to go back several steps every day, pretty soon back to Neanderthal stage.

David Mclaughlin
David Mclaughlin

It was set up, she knew they were doing the story, she could of chose not to do the story, or not be involved in the story, instead she used it to make a big scene about it.

Chris Richardson
Chris Richardson

I support Michael Sam, but I support "crazy lady"'s right to be disgusted. Who made you people so righteous on this subject?

Drum Mer M JZ
Drum Mer M JZ

She had a point it just got lost. It was for the news. It's sad 2014 we act like we just now know how gay people act and who they are. Leave him alone he's a football player.

Dahmen Piotraschke
Dahmen Piotraschke

Dallas has a large gay community...stupid news lady will get bit. So if Sam is shamed in urban Dallas Texas...I'd stfu now..lol. Watch his plays not a cpl kisses. Fire the ignorant b****

Mike Tribout
Mike Tribout

"I have rights" (in a southern inbreed voice). You have the right to freedom of speech from the government, not the company or anybody else.

Rose Mueller
Rose Mueller

Get over it you havent seen anything yet

andwilkes
andwilkes

People *do* have the right to express their opinions anytime and anywhere. Then, because this is America, the people around them ALSO have the right to express their opinions such as "You dumb as hell."


If you don't want to be criticized, then you have the right to remain silent.  Other's rights of free expression don't negate someone else's.



Joe Thebeau
Joe Thebeau

Stupid closed minded idiot. Why.is she on tv and why is this a issue.

the_gneech
the_gneech

@Trevrawwr What’s even better is how flummoxxed they get if you demand they stop pushing their heterosexuality in their face.

Cody Eichelberger
Cody Eichelberger

^I think that your "Bible based Christians" statement is absurd. Do you realize that to be Christian, one has to be "Bible based"? To understand that the Bible clearly calls homosexuality a sin, is much the same as understanding premarital sex is a sin, to tell a lie is a sin, etc... Funny thing is no one cares if people acknowledge this. Why? I mean plenty of people do it, and guess what plenty of Christians still associate with these people. To understand something is a sin, does not make you a bigot. I have plenty of friends that are sinners, in fact they all are. And every person (including "Bible based Christians") I know is a sinner, including myself. IF we were not we wouldn't need Jesus in the first place. The above comment just shows that you are truly ignorant of religion, with HATE in YOUR heart for believers. :( Sad.

Cody Eichelberger
Cody Eichelberger

^what!? That is about as un-American as it gets. It is a problem when we start to prosecute those around us for stating that they don't support something, that has become main stream. It's funny to me that one would fight so hard for the right to freely express their sexual orientation, but then would wish to silence someone else's freedom to express their dislike of it. I think to do so is a gross misunderstanding of what it means to be free.

Cody Eichelberger
Cody Eichelberger

That ^ comment is redic. I don't care if you find her opinion wrong, but to compare someone disagreeing with the airing of a homosexual kiss with racism is just a plain logical fallacy.

Jay Hemp
Jay Hemp

Wait a second Kris Worstell, we who voice our opinion against the christian majority don't relieve punishment? I'm an atheist, and I've lost friends, been rejected by family, been ridiculed by peers, lost close relationships, have been harassed at work, and have suffered a few other consequences for my held beliefs! Christians act like they're the only people who suffer for their beliefs, get off of it, you're not! I recently had a boss request that I lead a prayer at a work function (I work for the government?!?!) and attempted to reprimand me later for refusing. Christians do a whole lot of persecuting on their own.

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

The biggest part of the story is he WAS A "7 TH ROUND DRAFT PICK". Since when does the SEC defensive player of the year go in the 7th round? What exactly is being shoved down your throat??? If you took her statements and put African American instead of gay, almost everyone would call her a bigot, even someone like you

Joe Harman
Joe Harman

I am also curious why religion is brought up here... Did she say something about the bible?

Joe Harman
Joe Harman

She has a right to her opinion as much as people who support gays have the right to their opinion. You don't have to agree with her or even respect her... But that is her right

the_gneech
the_gneech

@Slypenslyde Well I could rant for a week on that topic. ;) Suffice to say, “There is no greater burden than a high potential."

the_gneech
the_gneech

@Slypenslyde Well yeah, when your whole identity is tied up in “being right,” being wrong is anathema.

Slypenslyde
Slypenslyde

@the_gneech there was a recent study that found smarter people were MORE likely to behave this way :/

the_gneech
the_gneech

@Slypenslyde Even, and sometimes especially, if there are clear-cut facts proving them in the wrong.

the_gneech
the_gneech

@Slypenslyde Well, they’ve done psychological studies on it; most people, when confronted with disagreement, double-down.

Slypenslyde
Slypenslyde

@the_gneech I think that view is held by too many on all issues. It’s hard to listen, and few care to try.

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