MSNBC Host Apologizes for Homophobic Blog Posts
Joy Reid says hackers posted homophobic comments
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 28, 2018 11:33 AM CDT
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In this April 20, 2018 file photo, Joy Reid attends the Tribeca TV screening of "Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story" during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – MSNBC's Joy Reid, under fire for homophobic language in old blog posts, apologized Saturday for any past comments that belittled or mocked the LGBTQ community and says she hasn't been able to verify her claim that her account was hacked, the AP reports. Reid opened her weekend show "AM Joy" by acknowledging she has said "dumb" and "hurtful" things in the past. "The person I am now is not the person I was then," she said. But she was unable to explain blog posts from a decade ago that mocked gay people and individuals who were allegedly gay. Reid has denied posting them altogether but says security experts she hired who looked into whether she had been a hacking victim found no proof.

"I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me. But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don't believe me," she says. "I have not been exempt for [sic] being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for. ... And for that I am truly, truly sorry." The posts that came to light in December were written for "The Reid Report," her blog when she was covering Florida politics a decade ago. In posts, she refers to then-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist as "Miss Charlie" and suggested he was "ogling the male waiters" on his honeymoon after marrying his wife, whom he has since divorced. Click for the full story or take a deep dive with Vox into Reid's posts and hacking claims.


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