Thursday 15 May 2014

A kiss is not a kiss (in Texas)

Amy Kushnir, a host of the Dallas-Fort Worth morning show, The Broadcast, threw an on-air temper tantrum Tuesday morning during a heated discussion about ESPN airing Michael Sam's celebratory kiss with his boyfriend after finding out he was chosen by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft over the weekend.  

“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 don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see cake in your face, kissing each other,” said Kushnir.

She then stormed off the set, saying, “I’m done!”

The show airs on KTXD, a local UHF station in Dallas-Fort Worth. The station posted the following statement regarding the incident on the show’s Facebook page

KTXD-TV started the The Broadcast in February 2013 as an opinion-based show. We selected five hosts who represent a subset of the vast, diverse community that we serve, and we encourage them on a daily basis to share their personal opinions on a variety of topics.

On Tuesday, May 13, that topic happened to be Michael Sam’s draft day kiss and the controversy it was generating. The debate between our four hosts that day got unusually heated and ended with one host – Amy Kushnir – leaving the set. Ms. Kushnir’s action was a signal of frustration on her part, as she felt she was unable to express her own views correctly.

While KTXD-TV neither supports nor condemns opinions shared by our hosts, we stand behind both The Broadcast and Ms. Kushnir. We wholeheartedly stand behind our hosts right to voice their opinions as an integral part of our program. We have clearly ruffled feathers, and in doing so we hope we have advanced the dialogue on this important issue.


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