An American TV host has criticised ESPN’s choice to broadcast the kiss that’s had everyone talking – between football star Michael Sam and his boyfriend, swimmer Vito Cammisano.
The 24 year old kissed his boyfriend in what has been described as a “compelling example of genuine human happiness” after hearing he had been drafted in the NFL last week, but many have since claimed the kiss was “inappropriate”, including Amy Kushnir, co-host on America’s Dallas Morning Show.
Kushnir stormed off the set after a heated discussion about the kiss with her co-hosts. She said, “When parents do not have a choice as to whether they want their children to see this, it’s wrong, it’s being pushed in faces”.
Following controversy about her remarks, she went on to tell Fox News, “It bothered me that ESPN used this to promote their left wing agenda”.
It looks set to be another busy news week for America’s first openly gay professional footballer, with this morning’s announcement that Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN, has put the reality docu-series it had planned with Sam on hold after a discussion with his new bosses at the St Louis Rams. On the decision, OWN president Erik Logan said in a statement, “After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dreams of making the team.”
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