On radio this morning, Glenn reacted to a heated moment on a local Dallas talk show, in which one of the hosts stormed off the set after a conversation about ESPN’s coverage of Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after being selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams. After listening to the tense conversation, Glenn wondered who we are turning into and questioned the hyper-sexualization of American culture.
During Tuesday’s edition of KTXD-TV’s talk show The Broadcast, host Amy Kushnir questioned the expediency of broadcasting the extensive PDA.
“Can we just agree that this was an opportunity to make news,” Kushnir asked. “He has every right to do what he wants, that’s not my issue. I just don’t want it in my face.”
“Well, then maybe you don’t need to see romantic comedies or when people kiss on television,” one of the co-hosts shot back.
“Why does [Kushnir] not have the right to say what she means without being slandered,” another co-host countered before Kushnir gathered her belongings and left the set.
Watch the argument unfold below:
“I want you to listen to this for two reasons,” Glenn said. “One, tell me who we’re turning into. We’re being led by the either the worst people in the world or the dumbest people in the world. And then on top of it, tell me how this lasts.”
While it is clear from the clip that Kushnir’s cohost doesn’t understand the meaning of the word racist, the heated exchange speaks to a larger issue about the expectations people have when watching programming.
“Do you really think that,” Pat asked. “I mean do you believe that homosexuality is part of racism? Or do you think that homosexuality is a race? Or do you think that everything that you don’t like is racism?”
“She keeps using that word. I don’t think it means what she thinks it means,” Glenn added. “Then she brings up the Nicholas Sparks movie. Hey, would you listen up here for a second? I’m paying my money to go see a Nicholas Sparks movie. I know exactly what I’m getting. I know there’s going to be guys and girls or two guys if I go to a gay Nicholas Sparks movie. I know exactly what I’m getting.”
When it comes to watching a sporting event on ESPN, however, Glenn does not believe there is an expectation of sexualized content. Even a ‘family event’ like the Super Bowl has devolved into a commercial-driven machine of questionable content.
“Enough with the Go Daddy commercials during the Super Bowl. I don’t need to see it. I’m there to watch it with my family,” Glenn said. “I don’t want to sit there with my son or daughter having to look at sexualization of the entire culture. If I go in to a rated R movie, I go into a PG-13 movie, I go into a Nicholas Sparks movie, I know what I’m getting.”
As Glenn explained, this conversation has nothing to do with homosexuality. Instead, this incident on The Broadcast speaks to a larger devolution of an individual’s ability to express him or herself freely in society.
“I got news for you: This particular case has nothing to do with homosexuality,” Glenn said. “I’m so sick and tired of people saying, you know, ‘They want to drag us back to the 1950s.’ Excuse me? You’re dragging us back to the 1950s. You have anyone who disagrees with you not able to sit at the same damn lunch counter. I no longer can sit at the same lunch counter as everybody else who has the politically correct opinion. It’s not about racism. It’s about my viewpoint.”
Glenn vowed that he will not shut up. He will not comply. He will not back down because he knows God lives. He encouraged his listeners to take a similar stance.
“I know God lives. I know God is involved in my life, just as much as he is in your life… Because I know he lives, you will have to imprison me… I will not sit down. I will not shut up. I won’t. I will not conform. I will not comply. Period,” Glenn concluded. “If I may quote Obi-Wan Kenobi, ‘Strike me down. Strike me down. I will become far more powerful than you can imagine.”