Dallas Morning Show Host Storms Off the Set Over Michael Sam's Kiss
It's a shame, really, that D Magazine didn't continue its morning show experiment. Not because we derived any pleasure from watching D: The Broadcast (we probably wouldn't have, but never say never) but because it would have been mildly wonderful to watch Wick Allison dance away from yesterday morning's Michael Sam bit.
As it is, D cut ties with the program back in August and the show continued as, simply, The Broadcast, meaning that co-host Amy Kushnir's tantrum over gay NFL draftee Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend will have to stand on its own without further allusions to our glossy media brethren.
That's fine, because Kushnir has no trouble letting us know how she really feels:
When parents do not have a choice about whether or not they want their children to see this, it is wrong...I don't call it a moment of celebration...It's being pushed in faces. I wanna say get a room. I don't want to see that. I don't want to see cake in your face, kissing each other.
Two of her three co-hosts, Lisa Pineiro and Courtney Kerr, call Kushnir out (Kerr says comments critical of Sam "are just as racist" as Clippers owner Donald Sterling's comments about racial minorities), thus prompting her to storm off the set in a huff.
Entertaining though Kushnir's outburst may have been, it was the third co-host, Suzie Humphreys, who offered the constitutional justification on her behalf.
"I'm shaking my head because people don't have a right to express how they feel if it offends somebody else," she says, perhaps unaware that she and Kushnir are doing exactly that on a live television broadcast. "I live in America! I still feel like I have the right to freedom of speech, and I don't have to be penalized for my opinions."
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