The co-host of a Dallas TV show walked off the set Tuesday after an argument flared over the decision to broadcast footage of Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after becoming the first openly gay player taken in the NFL draft.
During a discussion on KTXD’s “The Broadcast,” Amy Kushnir, announced, “I’m done” and walked off the set after arguing that showing the moment was not in keeping with the promotion of “all-American sports.”
“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,” she said. “I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see cake in your face, kissing each other.”
Co-hosts Lisa Pineiro and Courtney Kerr disagreed, with Kerr saying comments of Sam “are just as racist” as those said by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Yet another co-host, Suzie Humphreys, offered her take:
“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.”