Ex-CNN Employee Files $60 Million Discrimination Lawsuit Claiming He Was Fired For Being Gay

William Kane yellow mariachi suit

William Kane worked in tech for CNN from 2002 to 2013 and was known for his ostentatious sense of style: hot pink designer shirts, bright red track jacket, neon green soccer jersey, yellow track suit with matching shoes and hat, even custom-made mariachi suits. His attire never caused any problems, and in fact was well received by several guests on the station. Fareed Zakaria called his mariachi suit "incredible," Christiane Amanpour tweeted out a picture of herself standing with William in one of his outfits, and anchor Erin Burnett even called him the "best-dressed man" on her show.

When Kane's supervisor, John Silva, learned that Kane was gay the workplace allegedly turned hostile. In Kane's lawsuit, Silva is alleged to have said that Kane's outfits had to go “because [they were] too flamboyant for a male in our department,” and that Kane might be better suited in the “entertainment or makeup department,” which Kane interpreted as Silva stereotyping him as a gay man.

Kane was once offered $100 to go buy a different outfit from TJ Maxx and was told that his light blue tracksuit was distracting host Piers Morgan. Morgan denies having ever complained and instead said, "I love your track suits. ... I want Billy (Kane) to wear the brightest-colored clothing when working on my show."

Kane was fired last June and says he filed the lawsuit after receiving a "right to sue" letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Kane fears that he will never be able to work in TV again, blackballed and typecast as the "track suit guy" or the "gay guy."

Said Kane:

“I feel like the Rosa Parks of CNN. Maybe someone else won’t have to suffer the way I have,”

A CNN rep said they had not yet seen the lawsuit, but noted that Kane's original claim with the EEOC was dismissed with no violations found. 

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CNN Producers Arrested Trying to Break into World Trade Center in Broad Daylight

In 'what were they thinking' news, two CNN producers tried to breach security at the World Trade Center in broad daylight and were arrested, the NYT reports:

ProducersThe two men, Yonatan Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, were seen repeatedly trying to get in, said Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the site...

The men were presumably trying to 'test' security at the site after two recent incidents in which a teen broke in at night and climbed to the top, and three BASE jumpers and an accomplice made a daredevil skydive from the tower:

The CNN employees, however, were trying to enter the property around 2 p.m., as the area teemed with construction workers, tourists and police officers. They carried a video camera on a tripod and a GoPro, a smaller camera often attached to the user, Mr. Pentangelo said.

According to the NY Post: "A CNN spokesperson said Boals and Pomrenze 'were not asked to sneak onto the World Trade Center site.'"

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Pastor Robert Jeffress Defends Phil Robertson, Asserts Gays Are Sexual Threat To Children

Robert Jeffress

First Baptist Church of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress was brought on to CNN's "New Day" to discuss the never-ending Duck Dynasty controversy. Jeffress, who was dumped by Tim Tebow and compared gay sex to plugging a TV into the wrong outlet, predictably took Phll Robertson's side with the standard tired defenses that Robertson was merely expressing the beliefs and moral standards outlined in the Bible. Said Jeffress:

He is simply quoting what Paul says in Romans 1. Now, people may not agree with that, they may want to attach some new interpretation to it, but people don't have the right to label Phil or me or tens of millions of evangelical Christians as hateful because we hold to a historical understanding of the Bible. 

Except that people DO have that right. Just as Robertson has the explicit right to hatefully compare homosexuality to bestiality, adultery, drunkenness, deception, and the rest, people who took offense to his hatred have the right to call it what it is. CNN host Victor took the opportunity to question Jeffress' education on homosexual issues, challenging his past statement that homosexuals were a disproportionate threat as child molesters, asking:

Where is that in the Bible, or in science?

Jeffress claimed that his assertion was true and made a feeble dodge, saying to consult the book he wrote for the sources Victor asked for.

You can watch the unembeddable video at CNN's website.


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