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‘I Am Truly, Truly Sorry’: Joy Reid Apologizes, Says ‘I Genuinely Do Not Believe I Wrote Those Hateful Things’

New Civil Rights Movement | April 30, 2018

MSNBC host Joy Reid opened her “AM Joy” show Saturday morning with a very strong statement apologizing for comments she made that were hurtful to the LGBTQ community. Reid addressed old posts on her blog from a decade ago, excavated by a sleuth on Twitter and amplified by right-wing blogs and news sites. She called them “homophobic, discriminatory, and outright weird and hateful.”

“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things, because they are completely alien to me,” Reid told viewers. “But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted, and have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me.”

“I have not been exempt from being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for. I own that. I get it. And for that I am truly, truly sorry.”

Reid also admitted that in the past she has used anti-LGBTQ language, but she also made clear that she’s evolved, just like many Americans. She also acknowledged the hurt and pain her comments have caused.


Written by David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement. Image via MSNBC/Twitter