Amy Kushnir is a Dallas morning show personality on a show called The Broadcast. According to her bio on My Texas Today, she ”shares a passion for food, family, faith, fashion and all things that make her roots deep in the heart of Texas.” Unlike Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen, however, one of her passions is not loving displays of affection from gay people during moments of historic elation.
On her morning show, Kushnir went on a heated tangent about how the Michael Sam kiss was “pushed in people’s faces,” exclaiming “I don’t want to see that!” She did it all in typical Texas sass.
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.
Well, no one was asking you to watch, Amy.
People love to moan and complain about the media being jammed down your throat. Yet we live in an era when you can widely access more media than literally any point in time in human history. You, as an individual, consumer, and patriotic American citizen have just as much power to turn it off and not interact with it as ESPN had to broadcast it. The fact your kids were watching is your own fault as a parent, not the fault of the broadcasters.
The bottom line is that moral crusaders with an anti-gay agenda or belief system have been sent into an unnecessary tizzy over the beautiful act of two people expressing their love for each other in a moment of elation. In the wake of the Michael Sam kiss, a lot of idiots with soapboxes are asking “WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!?!?!”
How about I answer that for you: When two people love each other, sometimes they kiss each other. That. Is. It.
She has every right to state her beliefs and I respect that. But so does everyone else who disagrees with her, including the people are on public Facebook page expressing their outrage over her hostile attitude towards the LGBT community:
On Saturday, when I said “I can’t wait until a story like this doesn’t even need to be a story any more,” I meant I can’t wait until bigoted moral crusader trolls like Amy Kushnir learn to accept gays living in harmony with everyone else. Attitudes like this are the ones who continue making “the Michael Sam kiss” a story. The rest of us just accept that it’s a normal way of life for millions and millions of loving, responsible individuals around the world.
And Fuck Yes the First Amendment is awesome.