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.
“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.