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.
.@MSNBC‘s Joy Reid addresses homophobic blog posts:
“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things … But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me.” pic.twitter.com/PWjdPfs5KB
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 28, 2018