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Kelly Ripa: Gangster Would Have a ‘Dangerous Pit Bull Kind of Dog’

Kelly RipaWhile interviewing Christopher Walken yesterday about his new movie, “Seven Psychopaths,” in which he plays a man who kidnaps dogs for the reward money, “Live With Kelly and Michael” co-host Kelly Ripa brought up the topic of his four-legged co-star.

“The gangster’s dog, if it was a gangster, would have to be a dangerous, Pit Bull kind of dog, right?” she asked Walken.

Walken replied no, the dog — actually a rescued Shih Tzu mix named Bonny — was sweet and easy to work with.

The backlash to Ripa’s remark was almost immediate. By Tuesday afternoon, the Live with Kelly and Michael Facebook page was filled with comments from animal lovers, many of them responsible Pit Bull pet parents, angered that Ripa had perpetuated the negative stereotype about this maligned breed.

“As a veterinarian who has three Pit Bulls — two of which are therapy dogs — and works with numerous bully breed rescues, I can honestly say from a professional point of view that Pit Bulls are one of the best breeds out there,” wrote Kara Rogers. “Thanks for stereotyping, ‘Blondie.’”

Janine Marr wrote, “Nothing irritates me more than ignorant people. But wait, I guess something does irritate me more: ignorant people in the public eye like you, Kelly. I am not a ‘gangster’ … I’m also married to a … federal police officer with a degree in criminal justice. We are your ‘typical’ Pit Bull owners. ”

Kaley Cuoco, star of “The Big Bang Theory” and a Pit Bull advocate, tweeted, “I really hope @KellyRipa didn’t say what I think she said regarding pit bulls. #Please don’t be true.”

A Change.org petition asking Ripa to volunteer her time to a Pit Bull rescue has more than 1,300 signatures.

Ripa didn’t mention her remark or the response to it on today’s show.

“Pit Bull type dog” pet parents: Please post a photo of you and your pooch (or just your pooch) on our Facebook page so we can add it to our “I’m Not a Gangster and My Pittie’s Not Dangerous” photo album. Or tweet a picture @iLoveDogsInc with the hashtag #imnogangster.

Here’s the clip:

PHOTO: Tabercil

Laura Goldman

Laura Goldman is senior social media writer for i Love Dogs, Inc. She does love dogs. And elephants and turtles. Along with writing about the loves of her life, Laura likes to play with her two pound pups and tell anyone who'll listen just how awesome Pit Bulls are.

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msq2u2
msq2u2

Kelly speaks faster than she thinks and that's always annoyed me. But this is really stupid on her part. She definitely needs to step up. 

ILikeIke
ILikeIke

She should know. She cohosts that awful penniless show with a criminal gangster animal, after all. Saying it like it is and like it's been proven forever to be, Kelly.

ivegoneshopping
ivegoneshopping

 @kellyripa calling Pit type dogs dangerous is as stupid as if we were to stereotype her cohost because he is black like Michael Vick so he MUST be a dog fighter.  It's racist and ignorant.

extraears
extraears

Hehehe. Duh. Open mouth and insert both feet. Good going Kelly! Could you have made yourself look any dumber?

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