How Have Americans Responded to Talk Show Host Who Stormed Off the Set Over Michael Sam Kiss?
May. 19, 2014 8:30pm Erica Ritz
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Texas talk show host Amy Kushnir has been flooded with hate mail since storming off the set of KTXD-TV’s “The Broadcast” last week in what Glenn Beck called “one of the most incredible pieces of television” he’s “ever seen in America.”
Before walking off the set, Kushnir said that Michael Sam — the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL — “has every right to do what he wants,” but that doesn’t mean she wants it “in [her] face.”
“I don’t want to see a straight couple, a gay couple, anybody licking cake off each other’s faces!” Kushnir added for Glenn Beck on Monday. “It’s not appropriate for children.”
But since the video of her walking off the set went viral, Kushnir said she has been inundated by some of the most abhorrent messages imaginable.
“We’re talking pornography pictures. We’re talking rape threats. There was a death threat,” she told Beck. “The most unbelievable spewing of hate you’ve ever seen in your life. I can’t even tell you the exact words because it’s forbidden on-air.”
Kushnir added that people who have defended her on social media have been attacked as well.
In one case, Kushnir said, people tracked down the business of a woman who defended her and did everything they could to trash it. Once they got a hold of the woman’s cellphone number, they started “attacking” that as well, Kushnir said.
Beck said America is truly entering “the McCarthy era,” where “you will not work [and] you will not speak” if you have a differing opinion on a controversial subject.