Bryant Gumbel has been no stranger to controversy during his 40-year career. So it’s really no surprise that Gumbel is looking down the barrels of some Twitter backlash from some fired-up NRA members that didn’t appreciate some of the choice names and insults Bryant Gumbel hurled at NRA members during a recent Rolling Stone Interview.
Bryant Gumbel’s lashing out at the National Rifle Association and its members doesn’t come as a surprise either, as the outspoken current host of HBO’s Real Sports has long been considered to be a purveyor of liberal media bias and not one to shy away from stirring up the hornet’s nest of any right-leaning individual or group, such as the NRA.
But in his Rolling Stone interview Gumbel works overtime, heaping his disgusted “hate” upon the NRA as if wanting to bury them alive with his words, calling them “pigs” and “a curse upon the American landscape.”
Gumbel’s taking aim at the NRA came in response to a question that had little to do with the NRA. Rolling Stone asked Bryant, “A story you personally took on last season, about the ‘Eat What You Kill’ movement, would you have done that five, ten years ago?”
Gumbel’s “Eat What You Kill” story followed comedian, television personality, and martial artist Joe Rogan, who was out for his first deer hunt to pursue a philosophy of only eating meat that one personally kills and butchers themselves, reports the New York Daily News.
Perhaps Rolling Stone had let Bryant Gumbel know the questions they’d be asking him before hand, or maybe Bryant Gumbel had an answer chambered and ready to fire for any question that had even the flimsiest connection to guns. Either way, when Rolling Stone brought up the “Eat What You Kill” hunting segment, the NRA was clearly in Bryant Gumbel’s scope, and he didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger.
“There are a few things I hate more than the NRA. I mean truly. I think they’re pigs. I think they don’t care about human life. I think they are a curse upon the American landscape. So we got that on the record. That said, I’m willing to separate that this story (“Eat What You Kill”) had nothing to do with that. It’s not a gun story. So I would like to think that I would have done it, but I don’t know. Obviously, that was my first experience around killing and guns and hunting.”
And what were some of the tamer NRA member Twitter responses to Bryant Gumbel’s remarks?
So while Bryant Gumbel is probably enjoying the free publicity, the NRA has started firing back and it will be interesting to see if the feud continues.
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