anderson-cooper-giggles-ridiculist.jpgTuesday (April 10) night on his CNN show “AC360,” Anderson Cooper singled out the Polish American holiday that celebrates the end of Lent — Dyngus Day — for his Ridiculist segment.

Things were going well until a video clip’s accompanying narration got to the part where viewers learned, “The quirky little ritual includes boys sprinkling girls they fancy with water and the girls striking back with a tap from a pussy willow branch.”

Suddenly, it was Gerard “Depar-doo all” over again and Cooper could not stop laughing. Cooper got up from his desk for a moment to collect himself saying, “I’m not gonna let you do this” before returning and continuing to giggle. “It’s really so stupid,” he says, shaking his head.

By “you” he seemed to mean either himself, show producers or both.

The Kosciuszko Foundation, which promotes cultural ties between Poland and the United States, did not see it this way. In a statement they wondered, “Would Anderson Cooper dare make fun of the Islamic holiday Id al-Fitr, in which Muslims spend three days celebrating their month-long fast?”

Cooper quickly took to his Twitter account to set the record straight and later released a longer, more thorough statement.

“I am concerned to hear that some people believe that I called Dyngus Day celebrations ‘stupid’ or in any way criticized this holiday. I did not. While in the midst of a silly giggle fit I said ‘this is so stupid’ in reference to my inability to stop laughing.

“I was not saying Dyngus Day was ‘so stupid.’ I apologize to anyone who got the impression that I was being critical of Dyngus Day. I am genuinely sorry if I offended anyone by the lighthearted tone of the ‘RidicuList.'”

Posted by:Brill Bundy

Brill Bundy has spent her entire career covering TV and pop culture. This is what happens when your parents try and limit your viewing habits to three shows a week. Likes: seasons with no more than 13 episodes, anti-heroes and binge-watching. Dislikes: when cartoon characters make out, when TV shows name check their titles, drawn out premieres and finales. TV words to live by: "If every porkchop was perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs."