Legendary actor keeps asking newsreader for a kiss in tone-deaf interview about Harvey Weinstein

Lauded actor Ed Asner, who voiced the old, grumpy and adorable Carl Fredricksen from Pixar’s “Up”, was invited to MSNBC to talk with anchor Chris Jansing about the Harvey Weinstein scandal and sexism in the workplace.

But despite the fact that those were the very topics of discussion, he STILL thought it would be a good idea to pepper his interview with some revolting comments aimed at Jansing.

After the news anchor introduced him with nothing but praise, Asner shocked viewers with his first six words.

The famous actor‘s comments were disgusting as best, but they couldn’t have come at a worse time.

The former president of the Screen Actor’s guild and winner of seven Emmy awards – more than any other man – was invited to the MSNBC morning show to give his insight into the Weinstein scandal.

It is particularly striking given he is well known for being a champion of gender equality. He even starred in the 70’s in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, one of the most famous sitcoms in TV history and the first to depict an independent career woman as the central character.

But the 87-year-old wasn’t done at the one comment. Later in the interview, he weakly backpedalled on his obvious mistake by saying “I’ve been guilty at times (…) but I know better than to push it”.

So what you’re saying, Asner, is that it’s fine to be inappropriate until you start getting in trouble for it?

It’s no surprise the Internet has gone crazy about it, with Twitter virtually bursting into flames.

Of course, there were other users that saw the comments as ironic:

We’ll let you decide.

Readers outside Australia can check out the interview here.

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