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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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258 comments
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

Raquel Wilkins
Raquel Wilkins

I would have to say people use religion as a crutch, the Bible also says love the person not the sin, So before you hypocrites quote the bible try reading all of it...Stop hiding behind the "Bible" just because YOU have a problem with Gay people

Phyllis Johnson Fisher
Phyllis Johnson Fisher

She needs only a mirror. No tv, radio or venturing outside of her existence. There now, you're safe sweetie!!

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

All of the news outlets keep referring to "a kiss." Newsflash...it wasn't the kiss that bothered me. It was the two minute make-out session with them licking cake off each other's face and fingers that gave me the heebs. I don't really want to see that from anyone.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Josh- how is it not our Constitutional right to disagree with her then? Why can't she get over herself? Why isn't she a bad person for disagreeing with us? Hellooooo-- we are not on tv, we are trolling an internet forum. As far as I know, none of us were involved in the decision to air the kiss on ESPN. What exactly do we need to "get over"?

Justin M Politte
Justin M Politte

I hope all you homophobic fucks are around when I kiss my boyfriend in public! :-D Do it all the time. And I don't give a fuck if you like it or not. ;-*

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Oh and then the fear of going to hell to be tortured FOREVER if he or she doesn't follow the rules in the Bible, no that doesn't warp a child's mind.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Yes I agree, what are they so afraid of? Are they secretly gay? Do they see all humans as one step away from being gay, and if a child sees a man kiss another man that child will become "warped"? If the kid isn't warped hearing about how some really nice awesome miraculous man healed and loved everyone and then was not only tortured an put to death but HAD to suffer and die to SAVE a bunch of people, then yeah, I guess that gay kiss is going to send those poor kids right over the edge.

Heather McAfee
Heather McAfee

I think everyone just needs to roll up a fatty and chill out

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

I used racism as an example, and like you, I am just responding to what is said here. I guess it's like someone labelling all gay people as disgusting and sinners, that are going to be tortured in hell for eternity, without getting to know each one of them intimately.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

We are only talking about the people that define themselves as Bible based Christians. I doubt they would be caught dead in a church with an openly gay couple, much less sit next to them.

Theirry Less
Theirry Less

..and she can fuck her own kids up if that's her choice!

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

When is that Rapture coming? Soon I hope. That hell you all are afraid of is only hell for you, For the rest of us it is called "diversity" and life without an eternal Hitler sending everyone he doesn't like to a concentration camp called hell.

Theirry Less
Theirry Less

This is the only country that a person having their opinion is regarded as wrong. Lol! She's entitled to be HOMOPHOBIC, just like people are allowed to be disgusted with obese people. The problem is everyone is busy worrying about what John and Jane Smith are doing instead of worrying about their own life!

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

What exactly is being shoved down people's throats? If you want to talk about shoving let's talk about commercials on television shows. Billboards. Green "Jesus" signs in people's yards and on billboards. She shoved her opinion down her viewers throats, didn't she? Why isn't that the same. So it is bigoted hatemongering that we don't like her beliefs, but not that she doesn't like someone elses?

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

When did I bring up racism? Other than it is a choice. That was an example. Racism, sexism, anti-religionism, A belief is a choice. Yes, I make the choice the denounce, and even hate some Christians. That is my opinion. Organized Religion hasn't evolved enough to stop telling people "My god is the only god" etc. "My god is going to send you to hell for eternity". "You are a sinner because you don't believe in my god". And again, if you espouse an opinion you do have to be prepared for people to respond. As for educating myself on religion, I have a pretty good grasp on a number of them, being a Pagan. I've also read the bible a number of times, and a lot of different versions. I have friends who are Christian (not that hell-believing kind, the "hippie Jesus" kind), and oddly, when I attack "christian" viewpoints, they never think I am talking about them. She has a right to her opinion, she has a right to demand that ESPN not show a man kissing another man because her children might be watching it, you have the right to your opinion, etc. Why does it bother you so much that people don't like her beliefs?And if you feel so defensive of her, how can you not understand people that feel that way about their gay friends and family having the right to love whom they want, without being told that it is "disgusting" "a sin" etc? I really do wish that people like her COULD remove themselves from the world they find so offensive and just stay in communities surrounded by themselves. That would be a big relief for the rest of us.

Quinn Travis
Quinn Travis

Yeah all you people who are scared of gay people knock it off! Lol. Smh. Simple minded.

Fred Beelman
Fred Beelman

People quit talking about it it will be w non issue like it should be.

Quinn Travis
Quinn Travis

Kris Worstell you are so correct. I don't have a church home per say, but the ones I visit don't say anything about banishing anyone, or who is going to hell....lol. its all about love and acceptance. As I sit next to gay couples and enjoy the service next to them.

Quinn Travis
Quinn Travis

Btw....you putting all "Christian people" in this big pot shows me just how close minded and misguided you are. You talk a good talk, with all of your compilation of Christian information, but not all blacks are the same, not all whites are the same, not all gays are the same, and not all Christians are the same. Let's be real here, you don't like anyone who doesn't agree with the lifestyle you think is ok and acceptable, whatever that may be....that's what this is all about. The minute someone goes against it, it's bcuz they are Christian, or racist or a homophobe right.....smh. If you only knew.

Kris Worstell
Kris Worstell

I think you should actually educate yourself on religion. Your ignorance is almost not worth even responding to. Religion has evolved and many, if not most, welcome homosexuals with open arms. The only thing that hasn't evolved is you and your way of thinking

Quinn Travis
Quinn Travis

Hey Cest Lavie Boheme just curious, who is a "racist" and a "homophobe" on here? You seem to know so much, and now people on here so intimately, you must know who you are labeling so quickly and easily......

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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