Anderson Cooper is calling out antigay televangelist Pat Robertson for his assertion that gay men intentionally spread HIV to others through rings that cut other people when they shake their hands.
“Really?” Cooper said. “A ring that gives you AIDS. I've never seen that particular section of Zales. Have you?”
Robertson’s remarks, which he made on his 700 Club television show earlier this week, were featured on the “RidicuList” on Wednesday’s episode of Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN. The segment features bizarre news from the worlds of politics, society, and entertainment.
Robertson also reiterated his words with a statement released Tuesday.
“In my own experience,” he said in a statement to The Atlantic, “our organization sponsored a meeting years ago in San Francisco where trained security officers warned me about shaking hands because, in those days, certain AIDS-infected activists were deliberately trying to infect people like me by virtue of rings which would cut fingers and transfer blood. I regret that my remarks had been misunderstood, but this often happens because people do not listen to the context of remarks which are being said. In no [way] were my remarks meant as an indictment of the homosexual community or, for that fact, to those infected with this dreadful disease.”
The original remarks since been cut from the Christian Broadcasting Network's online version of the episode, according to The Atlantic.
Watch the segment below.