Texas Anchor Amy Kushnir Throws Hilarious On-Air Temper Tantrum Over Michael Sam Kiss

The Broadcast co-host Amy Kushnir

No, it’s not an SNL skit. It’s the women of The Broadcast, a local Texas morning show, discussing “the gay athlete issue” on yesterday morning’s episode. And it’s unintentionally and unabashedly hilarious.

The panel couldn’t seem to agree on whether or not Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on ESPN was appropriate.

One of the co-hosts, Courtney Kerr, spoke in defense of Sam, saying people who made homophobic comments against him were being “racist towards homosexuals”:

“Here’s the deal. It’s as racist as the Clippers — the Clippers — um — owner, is coming off. People that are making snarky comments about this guy being a homosexual and kissing his boyfriend… Those comments are just as racist. Making comments about that it’s gross to see two men kiss on ESPN. We have to see men kiss on NBC and on ABC and on HBO. What’s the difference? …It’s racist towards homosexuals.”

Um… Thanks for the support, but just to be clear, gay isn’t a race.

Co-hosts Suzie Humphries and Amy Kushnir weren’t having any of it.

“I’m shakin’ my head because people don’t have the right to express the way they feel if it offends somebody else,” Humphries hollered. “I live in America! I still feel like I have the right of freedom of speech. And I don’t have to be penalized for my own opinions. Especially in my own house. That I have that right as an American!”

Kushnir added: “This is the problem. You can’t say what you feel without bein’ persecuted if it doesn’t go along with mainstream.”

Things quickly unraveled from there.

“When parents do not have a choice as to whether or not they want their children to see [men kissing], that’s wrong!” Kushnir cried. “I don’t call it a moment of celebration… It’s being pushed in faces!”

When asked if it had a man and a woman kissing, would she still have taken issue with it, Kushnir, her face growing redder by the second, replied:

“I would’ve said, ‘Get a room! I don’t want to see that! I don’t want to see cake on your face kissin’ each other!’”

Evidently, she’s not a fan of public displays of affection of any sort. No kissing. No hand-holding. Gay. Straight. It doesn’t matter. She doesn’t want to see any of it. Ew. Gross.

“Here’s the thing: ESPN would not have aired any of it had he been kissin’ his wife,” Kushnir fumed. “Can we agree that this was an opportunity to make news?”

Then, like a true homophobe, she said: “He has every right to do what he wants. That is not my issue. I just don’t want to see it in my face!”

And with that, Kushnir promptly gathered her things and exited the studio, muttering something about “goin’ to Midland.”


KTXD 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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  • Mezaien

    There is NO GOD! otherwise Christianity wouldn’t exist.


    Would be willing to venture a bet that her nether region is as frigid as that beverage she is holding…………….

  • Cam

    “”And I don’t have to be penalized for my own opinions.””

    Oh Sweety, then you don’t understand what free speech is. You have the right to your opinion. And I have the right to tell you that your opinion makes you a bigot with the IQ of a bag of hair.

    See, that’s how speech works.

  • gskorich

    you have every right to disagree with anything but there is a way to do it. you don’t say oh thats gross about the same kiss you say get a room!!. these christians want to say oh how sick and they think thats ok, its not

  • doug105

    Unknown source.

    A common statement from the religious side of this issue goes something like this “stop shoving your gay agenda down our throats”. In the same breath, they go on to say, “You don’t see us shoving our religion down your throat”.
    Well then…
    Have you ever had a homosexual knock on your door (usually around dinner time) asking if you have found Elton John? Have homosexuals ever passed laws that make the government print “In Homosexuality We Trust” on your money? When was the last time homosexuals passed laws that rewrote the Pledge of Allegiance to say, “One Homosexual Nation”? Have homosexuals erected a monument with Marc Jacobs’ top 10 fashion rules at your local courthouse? Have any homosexual groups spent millions trying to pass laws to outlaw marriage between a woman and a man? Have homosexual activists worked to pass laws limiting birth control, abortion, etc.? Did a homosexual ever prevent you from buying liquor or a car on Sunday? Is there a book promoting homosexuality in almost every hotel room in the country? Have homosexuals pushed for laws to make the missionary position illegal? Have homosexuals tried to pass a law allowing them to legally refuse service to Christians? Right, they have never shoved their religious agenda down our collective throats.

  • michael mellor

    Women tend to object to male homosexuality because it proves that men don’t need women. It makes men superior to women.

  • Thomas

    This stuff is rich.

    “I’m shaking my head because people don’t have the right to express the way they feel if it offends somebody else.”
    Like, kissing somebody you love when a camera is rolling?

    Even the girl who mixed up homophobia and racism was able to catch some of her ridiculousness:
    “But they’re not in your house if you put them on Twitter.”
    and then…
    “Just as what’s-his-name was in his house”
    “What, Michael Sam?”
    “No, the other guy.”


  • DerekR

    @michael mellor: And with that comment what I’ve been suspecting is proven, Mr. Mellor is none other than the horrible troll Jim Bryant……He goes by Petey on Towleroad.

  • DerekR

    He’s baaaaaaaaaack

  • MrKev

    Nobody cares what this ugly old wh0re thinks.

  • Joincny

    what is it with these Christians? they think they can say whatever they want, with no consequences. Every actions has consequences.

  • tdx3fan

    So, I assume she has never been to a wedding. Hmm!?!

    I also believe that you can find many scenes on ESPN where a male player has kissed his female wife or girlfriend. They obviously aired it.

    On a side note, I still believe that professional athletes make way to much money in this country, and I have little respect for any of the sports world. I also believe that the only reason most people from our community care anything about Sams is because he is gay. It has nothing to do with their interests in the sports world.

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Mezaien: What the hell does your comment have to do with this blog?? Stick to the subject at hand. You’re really boring, Teapod christian!

  • erasure25

    Fucking morons… Change the channel then. No one is forcing you to watch TV sitting on your flabby butt eating greasy potato chips in your nasty home. Go outside. Run a few miles. Eat a carrot. You CAN do other things with your life than watch TV. The world is moving on… Catch up with modern day America or get lost…

  • erasure25

    Also, I hate conservatives that play the free speech card. They always think free speech ONLY applies to them. Apparently ESPN doesn’t have the same right to free speech to SHOW Michael Sam and his boyfriend kiss just like all the other drafted heterosexual football players in the past. Conservatives are often selfish and ignorant.

  • hex0

    Christians have the biggest victim complexes ever! Nobody is prosecuting you for your views, we’re just telling you you’re a bigoted piece of shit.

  • Large Marge

    “I’m shaking my head because people don’t have the right to express how they feel if it offends somebody else.” ~old lady idiot

    Since you went on to rant about freespeech to say you hate gays, um… does ‘free speech’ now only apply to you?

    You don’t understand what free speech is. It IS the right to say things that offend others. What you are actually railing against is reactions to what your small bigoted mouth just said. You want impunity for that and you ain’t gonna get it sister.

  • Large Marge

    Should have included the longer quote but since we can’t edit:

    “I’m shaking my head because people don’t have the right to express how they feel if it offends somebody else… especially when I live in America where we have freedom of speech” ~old lady idiot

    Again, twatwaffle idiot does not understand what freedom of speech is.

  • robertkalin

    Sad. Very sad. The sheer ignorance of modern women. And, none of them really know how to properly argue this topic. Reminds me of when I lived in Dallas in the 80’s and heard a woman discussing HIV. She said, “We can’t have that here—we don’t have those kinds of people in Texas!” The level of ignorance and denial and hatred runs very very deep in Texas….

  • Ben Dover

    I’m offended by dyed blonde women on TV. They should stop shoving their fake-blondeness in my face.

    God didn’t make them blonde – it’s a choice!

  • [email protected]

    “We have to see men kiss on NBC and on ABC and on HBO. ” Don’t forget Showtime. More same sex kisses on Queer As Folk than all the networks combined!

  • toberlin

    Must Read :)!
    Absurd woman and the writer really made it to wrap up her shit-bla in a fancy paper.Couldn’t stop laughing…

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