MSNBC news anchor Joy Reid says sorry for homophobic remarks in her blog


Reid, an anchor for MSNBC, was exposed over the weekend by a Twitter user who posted snippets of the host’s personal bvlog posts she had written 9 years ago during the Presidential campaign. In the blogs, Reid repeatedly targets rumoured GOP Vice Presidential candidate Charlie Crist, using numerous homophobic slurs against him, calling him ‘Miss’ and saying that his marriage to a woman was a total lie. She also made derogatory references to TV show Will & Grace and gay Star Trek actor George Takei, before suggesting Crist would hire an interior decorator to fill the White House with “flamingo-shaped napkins”. As the posts wer e revealed, the host had to apologize for them immediately. “This note is my apology to all who are disappointed by the content of blogs I wrote a decade ago, for which my choice of words and tone have legitimately been criticized. As a writer, I pride myself on a facility with language — an economy of words or at least some wisdom in the selection. However, that clearly has not always been the case,” her statement reads, “Among the frequent subjects of my posts was then-governor Charlie Crist, at the time a conservative Republican, whose positions on issues like gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in Florida shared headlines with widely rumored reports that he was hiding his sexual orientation. Those reports were the subject of lots of scrutiny: by LGBTQ bloggers, writers and journalists, conservative blogs, a controversial documentary film called ‘Outrage’, and even by the comedic writers at South Park. But it was my own attempt at challenging Crist on my blog that has now raised the issue of not just my choice of words, but what was and is in my heart. Let me be clear: at no time have I intentionally sought to demean or harm the LGBT community, which includes people whom I deeply love. My goal, in my ham-handed way, was to call out potential hypocrisy”.


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