Can’t 2 Oscar-Caliber Actors Hug on National TV and Not Get Crap For It?

We’re not quite sure this is an example of Meredith Vieira having “gay panic” about two The Hurt Locker actors embracing after their film won the Best Picture Oscar. But just like morning show colleague George Stephanopoulos at Good Morning America, it reeks of heterosexism. And ADORABLENESS.

UPDATE 3/10: Vieira is sorry. She says in a statement: “During an interview with the cast of the hurt locker on Monday, I turned to actor Anthony Mackie and made a joke about “man hugging” in reference to a hug he and fellow actor Jeremy Renner had shared a few weeks earlier on our air. It was meant to be lighthearted, but some were offended by what they believed to be a homophobic comment. That was never my intent, but that doesn’t matter. Words are extremely powerful and should never be chosen lightly, even in a lighthearted moment. I apologize to any and all that I offended. My support of the gay and lesbian community is longstanding and well documented. It has not and will never waver.” [via]