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Video: Anderson Cooper Laughs at Dyngus Day, Apologizes

| by Michael Allen

On Wednesday night, CNN's 'AC360' host Anderson Cooper apologized for making fun of Dyngus Day, a Catholic holiday in Poland.

On Tuesday's tongue-in-cheek 'RidicuList' segment (video below), Cooper played a clip of a Dyngus Day organizer saying “Dyngus is a funny word” and a narration that included: "The guirky little ritual includes boys sprinkling girls that they fancy with water and the girls striking back with a tap from a pussy willow branch."

That's when Cooper went into a giggle fit and said, “This is so stupid.”

The NY Daily News reports that on Wednesday, Alex Storozynski, president of the Kosciuszko Foundation, which promotes cultural ties between the U.S. and Poland, issued a statement: “Would Anderson Cooper dare make fun of the Islamic holiday Id al-Fitr, in which Muslims spend three days celebrating their month-long fast?”

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Cooper said on Wednesday that he was referring to himself with the "stupid" remark: “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.’”