Anderson Cooper destroys Amy Kushnir (Dallas TV lady who doesn’t like gays kissing on TV)

We’d reported last week on Dallas morning-show TV host Amy Kushnir. She’s the good-Christian-lady who stormed off the set because she was so incensed that NFL draftee Michael Sam, after finding out that he’d been picked to play for the St. Louis Rams, kissed his boyfriend in a moment of joy on ESPN.

Sam and bf posted a pic of “the kiss” on Twitter (they had just squished a celebration cake in each other’s faces, wedding style).

Michael Sam kisses his boyfriend.

Michael Sam kisses his boyfriend.

Kushnir proclaimed that ESPN would never show straight sportsmen kissing their female partners, so I dug up some photos of just that. For example, these straight people weren’t kissing on ESPN. Nor these straight people. And these straight people weren’t kissing on Fox Sports. Nor were these straight people on Inside SoCal. And this straight skier didn’t kiss his wife Nina in celebration of his victory at the Olympics. And this quarterback did not kiss wife.

And these 10 couples, including the two below, were never shown kissing on ESPN.


Well, Kushnir was having none of it, so she stormed off the set in the middle of the show:


At the time, I went through Kushnir’s Facebook page and found some very interesting photos, including the very-Christian-lady bopping around with some half-naked strippers.  Like this:


Well, last night Anderson Cooper weighed in on the controversy.  And Anderson showed, among other things, the video that I think Towleroad found first, of Kushnir and the strippers.  Not only did Kushnir appear on TV with half-naked male strippers, but she kissed them, on TV, in front of the children.

ANDERSON COOPER: “It’s okay, she was kissing strippers. And she didn’t even really know them. It’s not like two guys who are actually, you know, in love or anything — that’s offensive.”

Here’s the video of Anderson going after Kushnir, it’s quite special.

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59 Responses to “Anderson Cooper destroys Amy Kushnir (Dallas TV lady who doesn’t like gays kissing on TV)”

  1. Moderator3 says:

    Please limit the use of capital letters in comments.

  2. Monte Logan says:


    (like the ones who purposely decided to metaphorically stone Michael Sam in the first place?)

  3. Jade says:

    Perhaps try to learn and understand the difference between “having a right” and “protection from criticism.”

  4. Kevin says:

    I love how everyone always says, “Everyone has a right to their opinion” And then they proceed to berate them, and explain how their opinion is completely wrong, and it’s not OK to have that opinion.

  5. Joel Berger says:

    What happened with your meds?

  6. gratuitous says:

    Thank you, Amy’s mom. We appreciate your input.

  7. Gina Mero says:

    I’ve read two articles on this rag site – what a bunch of lying hypocrites. Both stories have been twisted beyond repair. You guys are nuttbags of the highest order. Becca Moon and John Aravosis lie. As far as I could tell she walked of the set (not stormed off) because she was being called names and bullied. So, she didn’t want to see it – big deal. Why make such a huge issue out of it? She has that right, why do trolls always have to find someone, anyone to persecute? And the comment section here is outrageous – all having to deal with her looks. Talk about hypocrites! If you don’t like her don’t watch her or look away but to sit and comment so harshly is the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black.

  8. annatopia says:

    they are broadcasting from a rural market into the dfw area. i am also suprised that two of them were enlightened enough to defend it.

  9. annatopia says:

    you know this is the most attention amy and her little podunk tv station have ever gotten. seriously, this tv station is one of the lowest rated in the dfw metroplex and they’ve only been on the air for a short time. i’ve lived here for 20 years and i never even heard of this lady until all this blew up in the media. they claim to serve dfw but they’re in a rural location east of the metroplex…. i think it’s good to point out her hypocrisy, but when all is said and done this controversy has their producers jumping for joy, i’m sure, for that struggling station/show.

  10. Butch1 says:

    She’s about as fake as her hair color.

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  13. Cock4Jobs says:

    She’s just as frivolous as her hair style. It depicts exactly the depth of thought she can manage to achieve. With her superficiality, she could be artwork of Andy Warhol. Strange that those people still get a possibility to express their plastic opinions to the world.

  14. 2karmanot says:

    I’m all for shoving it in her face and then some.

  15. Amanda says:

    It’s so true – the one on the left said they were being “Racist toward homosexuals!” – yikes!

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  17. Jade says:

    Kushnir deserves all the flak she’s getting, but one regret I have is that she’s taken all the attention off of the — in emjayjay’s words — Nasty Vicious Old Right Wing Hag.

  18. Buford says:

    I’ll state the obvious – she’s finds the sight of two men kissing to be distasteful, which is her hang-up and none of our business. THE PROBLEM is that she unreasonably demands that she be protected from ever seeing anything that makes her uncomfortable. She unreasonably demands that kissing of any type be removed from ESPN. She unreasonably (and hypocritically) demands that her children be protected from seeing kissing on TV. She conflates seeing something which makes her uncomfortable with having it shoved in her face… as if the more reasonable and realistic alternative is an environment sterilized and homogenized to meet her specific standards of ‘comfortable-ness’.

    This is the conservative perspective writ plainly – anything they find distasteful needs to be outlawed, even though that thing, when done by others, does not affect them at all.

  19. dominickJ says:

    True because he’s Gay!!!

  20. dominickJ says:

    This was not about freedom of speech this was about two men kissing. AND it was about women defending the kiss and about women disliking the kiss. IF it were a couple of heteros NOTHING would have been said PERIOD!!!!

  21. dominickJ says:

    She’s angry because, if the truth be known, she’s HOMOPHOBIC!!!! I for one was delighted to see these two men kissing and I’M sick and tired of only see heteros kissing on TV… SAME sex people KISS, hold hands, dance with each other and YES fondle each other!!!!! STEP into the 21st Century snobs or what ever, whoever you are!!!

  22. 2karmanot says:

    ttyler5 is a known idiot. He didn’t help his cause by siding with bigots.

  23. AGuyNamedJames says:

    She’s angry that the media isn’t helping her conceal homosexuals from children. She want television to conspire with her in lying to children, and concealing reality from them, even when she claims the reality itself isn’t what she’s upset about. She wants the “choice” of concealing gay couples to be–not a choice–but the DEFAULT choice, in every part of the public sphere where children might see them, and she wants homosexuals to have no choice at all about whether they are concealed or not. Amy Kushnir, meet Vladimir Putin. You two have so much in common.

  24. The_Fixer says:

    I have a theory that may just be out in left field, but here goes.

    When it comes to the attractive people getting the negative attention, I think some of the people who object to gay celebreties, or even those who play a gay role, have this secret idea that this makes such a person unavailable to them. Perhaps its because that celebrity is officially “off the market” due to their gayness, or in the case of the Brokeback Mountain actors, the image is spoiled by “icky homosexual” role-playing. It’s a fantasy that somehow this person whom they find attractive might just, through some miracle, reciprocate.

    I also wonder if there aren’t some latent sexual attraction issues involved sometimes. While the human mind can be a wonderous thing, it also is capable of some greatly conflicting thoughts.

    Wacky idea, I know, and probably not true in all circumstances. It’s an entertaining thought, though.

  25. They just don’t get it. By bringing this nonissue up, it becomes “news”. When I was working the polls in the primary on Tuesday, I went home for an hour (out of roughly fifteen) and found out that marriage equality had come to Pennsylvania. When I went back and told my coworkers, they were almost bored with the news. Therein lies where the whole incident should be — a nonissue.

  26. VegasDave says:

    Maybe her husband is related to Marcus Bachmann?

  27. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Amy Kushnir gets all the flak for leaving the set but all four of those women were kind of idiotic, even the one(s) defending Sam. None of them really understood the limits of ‘freedom of speech’ or knew much about the situations involving the players who tweeted negatively about Sam, etc. They were just four yahoos blathering.

  28. SkippyFlipjack says:

    lol. I like when people post things they want to be true, rather than what are true. Cooper is a ‘known idiot’ among the far right wingnuts who don’t agree with him.

  29. VegasDave says:

    Excellent. I remain convinced most of these homophobes would like nothing less then our crawling back into the closet and living a lie so they can feel better about themselves. Nope, not going to happen. As we used to chant back in the seventies while marching down Market Street in San Francisco “We’re here, we’re Queer, Get over it.”

  30. ttyler5 says:

    Anderson Cooper is a known idiot. He didn’t help your cause by siding with Sam.

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  32. DocJB says:

    I don’t want to see straight kissing “thrown in my face.” I’d rather look at the nail fungus ad. [Sarcasm and humour for those of you about to get bent out of shape.]

  33. Max_1 says:

    Family values didn’t matter to Newt’s first or second marriages…

  34. emjayay says:

    The one on the left was a bit short of the right words in her vocabulary, but clearly her lil ole heart was in the right place. Almost enough to balance Young Miss Bleached Blonde Painted Chrisitianist and Nasty Vicious Old Right Wing Hag.

  35. cole3244 says:

    way to go anderson cooper.

    i’m just happy that two of the women on the set weren’t ignorant bigots, i mean it is texas after all.

  36. emjayay says:

    I think we can all agree that the video of Miss Straight Christian Virtue getting hoisted in the air and kissing two shirtless male strippers is Pure Gold. And Anderson’s segment and use of that video plus the ESPN stills totally killed.

  37. BeccaM says:

    I thought the cake smash was cuter than hell. And yes, both those gents are, as you say, ‘easy on the eyes.’

    Ellen’s pretty, but not really my type.

    Now then, the two leads in the Soderbergh remake of ‘Solaris’ — George Clooney and Natascha McElhone? Yowza!

    But anywho… aye, your point is well taken. The bigots seem to screech loudest when it’s attractive people doing the smooching.

  38. Max_1 says:

    Her “ISSUE” is about teh gay…
    … IF she “likes gays” and doesn’t have an issue with “them” then she accepts the kissing.

    So, why her outrage?
    … It’s her inner bigot screaming.

    Amy, those strippers you got hot and bothered after… GAY!

  39. Max_1 says:

    He has every right to do whatever he wants, that is not my issue. I just don’t want it in my face.”

    In the 50’s it would have been:

    Blacks have every right to ride whatever bus they want, that is not my issue. I just don’t want them upfront where they’re in my face.”

  40. FLL says:

    Now we’ve moved along culturally to the reality of what it means to be a gay or lesbian person in a committed, long-term relationship or marriage. To be seen, not invisible. Increasingly to have wives and husbands and not just “long-time companions” or “partners.”

    I think the resentment among bigots really comes to the fore when the people kissing—in this case, Michael Sam and his boyfriend—are easy on the eyes. This is probably the reason why Ellen DeGeneres freaks out the closed-minded so much—she’s easy on the eyes. In Hollywood movies, you notice the same dynamic. Bigots never pay much note to cheesy gay porno movies with Z-list actors. But if a preeminent director uses two A-list Hollywood actors, as happened in the case of Brokeback Mountain, fundamentalist Christian heads explode. So let them explode. A huge portion of the American public loved Michael Sam’s PDA with his boyfriend. Even the silly-ass resentment from bigots is a form of comic entertainment. And the motto of the American public has always been “entertainment über alles.”

  41. BeccaM says:

    Yeah… there’s the hypocrisy and just seeing that little angry moue, the seething indignation, tells us Ms. Kushnir simply does not like or approve of gay people existing, much less being seen.

    What I’m sure has never entered her mind is how public displays of affection between heterosexuals are just about invisible, because they’re so commonplace. They’re so common, people don’t even notice or remember seeing them. (Unless we’re talking major snogging, to borrow the British term.)

    I’m reminded though of accounts I read, of mixed-race couples a few generations ago. (The one I’m thinking of might even be Mildred Loving.) How not only would they not walk down the street holding hands, often they’d walk apart from each other, so as not to be presumed to be a couple or together at all.

    More recently, like from the 1980s on, gay people were no longer entirely invisible… but there seemed to be this expectation that the proverbial “fabulous gay friend” never actually had any relationships. At least not out where anybody could see them. Those who did have a “partner” might be seen together, but always in contexts where a casual observer might mistake them as merely very good friends. An actual kiss, even if mild and chaste, was always a huge deal. (“OMG! Ellen DeGeneres kissed a woman on TV!”)

    Now we’ve moved along culturally to the reality of what it means to be a gay or lesbian person in a committed, long-term relationship or marriage. To be seen, not invisible. Increasingly to have wives and husbands and not just “long-time companions” or “partners.”

    (I’m also well aware there remain places in this country where, despite all the years gone by, even a mixed-race couple cannot be seen together without the risk of violence… And millions of fundamentalist types who still truly believe it’s dangerous for a child ever to see a gay person, well, being gay and therefore identifiable as such. We have a long, long way to go yet.)

    Anyway, I’ve always felt there are two kinds of hypocrisy. There’s the hypocrisy of Ted Haggard railing against gays — then himself using male prostitutes. Or George Rekers — famous for being a board member for NARTH and arguing that being gay was curable — and being found with a ‘luggage carrying’ Rentboy named Lucien, returning from a European vacation.

    Then there’s the unthinking, unconscious hypocrisy of people like Ms. Kushnir, for whom (sorry, I dare go there) heterosexual privilege is so pervasive, she doesn’t even remember the public displays of hetero flirting and affection she engaged in herself, much less what’s common on ESPN and everywhere else.

    In a way, her type of casual anti-gay bigotry may take longer to overcome… But I remain convinced the wrong answer, just to make her sort feel less uncomfortable, is to walk down the street apart or to let people assume falsely that the married couple they just met are simply roommates or good friends.

  42. Houndentenor says:

    Not all the women down here are like that, but she’s certainly a type. (One found more often in Dallas than in the other cities, I might add. Dallas is much more Jesusy than Houston. Not more moral or ethical, mind you. Just more plastic and happy to wear their Christianity on their sleeve like the hypocrites they are.)

  43. kevinbenett says:

    She’s typical Texas, enough said.

  44. Circ09 says:

    Where have you been, John? This was hashed out a week ago.

  45. PeteWa says:

    pastor gas is her dad?

  46. Indigo says:

    Chippendales are more respectable than that, they need a sharper image consultant.

  47. Macbill says:

    Her Daddy Tilton always spoke to her in Parseltongue, that’s why she has sibilant “S”‘s.

  48. FuzzyRabbit says:

    This Robert Tilton?

  49. Tom in Lazybrook says:


  50. Typical bigot. Say they are all for family values if its to stop the gays. When its something they want family values seem to fly away.

  51. That’s her dad?

  52. Houndentenor says:

    On Beck the only other example she could think of was the Madonna/Brittney kiss. Beck at least tried to pretend his objection was to PDA, which is odd since I don’t remember him ever objecting to any of the opposite sex snogging that’s on tv 24/7.

  53. bkmn says:

    Just keep asking her about her father (scamvangelist Robert Tilton). That will get her to shut up.

  54. pappyvet says:

    I see this as just another huckster jumping on the rube bandwagon. She has primed the pump and I would not doubt it if she joins the circus with yet one more book about “values” and does as many paid appearances as she can grab. The red state “traditional values” people will be running to cash their welfare checks to give support. Wanna make a buck? Try intolerance. It’s the real white meat for wingnut dinner.

  55. 4th Turning says:

    Wait…a…second! Who wouldn’t want to kiss those chippendale cheeks???

  56. VegasDave58 says:

    Kushnir complains ESPN is just trying to create news, but immediately runs off to FAUX News to (audition) continue her false outrage. John, you had it right and in light of Kushnir’s previous show antics with the Chippendale’s and ESPN screen shots of straight athletes kissing their spouses, the hypocrisy is so thick you can cut it with a knife. But then again, Benghazi.

  57. Indigo says:

    She isn’t getting the attention she thinks she needs at home, that much is obvious.

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