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Anderson Cooper rips Pat Robertson over his ‘AIDS rings’ theory

On Sunday, September 1st, 2013

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute - ArrivalsCNN news anchor Anderson Cooper usually doesn’t give anti-gay televangelist Pat Robertson the time of day, but Robertson’s latest far-fetched theory about gay people using rings to transmit AIDS caught Anderson’s attention as both a journalist and a gay man. As Inquisitr.com reports on August 29, Anderson gave Robertson some attention on his RidicuList segment of “Anderson Cooper 360” on Wednesday.

Robertson shared his theory about the transmission of AIDS on his “700 Club” broadcast on Tuesday. He believed gay people used rings and other jewelry to transmit the disease when shaking hands and making bodily contact. On his show he said:

“You know what they do in San Francisco? Some of the gay community there, they want to get people. So, if they’ve got the stuff, they’ll have a ring. You shake hands and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger. Really, I mean it’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”

Robertson was responding to a caller who feared contracting the disease by driving with someone who had AIDS. Robertson then admitted he is no expert on the transmission of AIDS which made his theory even more ridiculous.

Anderson Cooper had an easy time tearing down Robertson and shooting down his crazy theory. Anderson responded:

“A ring that give you AIDS. I’ve never seen that particular section of Zales. Have you?”

Cooper then went on to talk about how Robertson “backpedaled” and claimed he was misunderstood. He then showed highlights of Robertson’s other outlandish statements about gay people and issues surrounding the LGBT community.

Anderson Cooper ended his segment by delivering a bit of satire to the televangelist.

“Thank you, Pat Robertson. You are a true crusader. And we definitely didn’t consider just permanently changing this segment to ‘The Pat Robertson List,’ although it does have a certain right to it.”

Looks like Robertson finally got the attention he has been seeking.

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