Who couldn’t have guessed that when Dallas talk show host Amy Kushnir walked off the set of her show after an argument over Michael Sam’s on-air gay kiss, she wouldn’t have been offered a friendly Fox News interview tout suite? In fact, Fox flew her to New York for the privilege of finding out in person not just why Kushnir was so offended but why she’s so victimized for her “traditional” beliefs.
To her credit, Kelly File host Shannon Bream did point out that there is a lot of sexuality on sports television ads. “Are you concerned about the bigger conversation of sexuality being thrust on kids in these sporting events or were you specifically concerned because this was something maybe you didn’t want your kids exposed to?” Bream asked.
It was Michael Sam. Kushnir called Sam's quick kiss with his partner “over the top.” She added, “ESPN used it as an opportunity to put out shocking video. …It bothered me that they used this as an opportunity to promote their left-wing agenda, in my opinion.”
Rather than follow up and find out why Kushnir is (presumably) not shocked by the Victoria’s Secret or GoDaddy ads previously referenced, Bream went for traditional-values martyrdom: “Do you worry we’re getting to a place where, if your opinion does not agree with other people, you can’t share it?”
“I don’t worry about it?” Kushnir said in her Dallas accent. “I know that’s true. ...Because if you are trying to maintain traditional values? And views in your home? And if you share them? You’re going to get lambasted because it goes against what’s politically correct.”
Bream probed for more martyrdom. “You’ve taken a lot of heat on social media from those who are not happy to hear you say what you said,” she prompted.
Yes, Kushnir has been shocked at the backlash. "I can’t even put it on air. Death threats, rape threats, petitions to be fired, it’s insane. And all it is, it’s a voice screaming out against something that for me was traditional views.”
“Well, they aren’t always in vogue. But we could hope in this country that we could have conversations and disagree and do that politely,” Bream said.
I’m actually the kind of person who thinks our culture has been over sexualized. But it’s hard for me to see anything offensive or shocking in Sam's peck at a hugely wonderful moment in his life. That is, unless you’re the kind of person who thinks gays should stay in the closet, period.
Regardless, it’s rather hypocritical for Bream or Kushnir to complain about being attacked for one’s beliefs from a platform at Fox. It’s not just a haven for hate mongers, the on-air mean-spirited divisiveness is Fox's stock in trade.
No way do I condone death or any kind of threats to anyone for any reason. But until Kushnir and Bream condemn the kind of rhetoric spewed routinely by such Fox regulars as Ann Coulter, Lars Larsson, Ralph Peters and Monica Crowley – not to mention hosts Andrea Tantaros and Sean Hannity – you’ll have to forgive me for thinking that these ladies' concern for civility and respect is for one group of people only.
I thought it was kinda cute that Hannity, who apparently lost out to the substitute host in the slot just before his on the big get, instead had two of the other ladies from the show. It was kind of a pointless segment because they didn’t have a whole lot to say, and certainly didn’t give him any red meat to bounce off of one way or the other.
“Funny how we know gay people exist and don’t know if god exists, but deny gay people their rights on the off chance it might piss god off”.
I know damn that left-wing agenda that believes in equality for all and not those that only have the blessing of those with a right wing agenda…(in my opinion.)
Kushnir added… “Do you worry we’re getting to a place where, if your opinion does not agree with other people, you can’t share it?”
Actually I’m in favor of allowing you or anyone to give us their opinion. What you don’t understand is when takes shots at people, don’t act so high and mighty and shocked when they shoot back.
I wonder how long it’ll be before she’s employed by Fox and substitute for one of the vacationing Fox & Friends ladies as a tryout.
Props to Courtney Kerr for not just sitting there like a potted plant and actually challenging Ms. Kushnir to explain why she feels this way. Of course she had to run to Fox News, where she would be treated as “one of us” and face no serious questions, but would be defended as a persecuted Christian victim of bullies with an agenda.
I think this was her video resume’! (blonde, good looking, short dress, hate’s gays, liberals, Dems, and Progressives)
Young Mr. Sam better enjoy his moment in the sun. If he can’t make the plays, he will be dumped in training camp.
Same for the Fox blondies. If they make the mistake of gaining five pounds … or allowing a gray hair to sneak in … they will be out the door spitspot.