It hasn’t been too long since Anderson Cooper — CNN host and expert in Standing On Rubble During Chaos — came out of the closet, but the anchor rarely mentions his sexual orientation.
However, the Michael Sam kiss heard round the world has been somewhat of a lightning rod for controversy, and when a local Dallas chat show displayed some decidedly homophobic sentiment about the somewhat scandalous smooch, Cooper was on the case.
While Anderson often reports on more weighty subjects (like Hurricane Katrina, a very passionate issue for the anchor at the time), the Michael Sam kiss controversy made his “Ridiculist.”
Let us pause for a minute to all remember the hilarious, hysterical, and funniest thing ever moment when Cooper cracked up on-air over pee jokes and couldn’t stop laughing, infecting all of America with uncontrollable giggles:
Ahahahaha. Hahaha. Ha. Okay, now to Anderson Cooper on Michael Sam.
A local Dallas television personality on a show Cooper called a knockoff of The View (zing!) got a bit judgy when the subject of the Sam kiss came up — saying bizarrely that no one would tolerate watching NFL players kiss wives or girlfriends like that on TV.
(As The Inquisitr previously discussed, we tolerate a whole hell of a lot from NFL stars, actually, as contrasted with the Michael Sam kiss video.)
Leaning back on “I don’t want to see that,” the segment became an exercise in thinly-veiled homophobia that may play well in Dallas — but it didn’t please Anderson.
Of course, he wasn’t a jerk about it, because he almost never loses his temper. Instead, he played a portion of the segment, in which some of the hosts seemed to think the brief smooch was a decadent orgy of man-on-man lovin’. (The actual kiss was like half a second long, no tongue.)
Instead, Cooper dug up some footage of the host cavorting with half-dressed male strippers, Chippendales style. After airing the two clips — one of the women disgusted at the same-sex kiss, and another of the host in question being held up by two exotic male dancers — he opined:
“To Amy Kushnir’s argument that nobody shows football players kissing their wives or girlfriends, that’s simply not true and I don’t think she’s being honest when she wouldn’t want to see that either… If you’re uncomfortable seeing some kind of affection, why not just say that and leave the excuses about why you’re uncomfortable where they belong: on ‘The Ridiculist.'”
Watch Anderson Cooper’s epic burn aimed at Kushnir, above.