Joy Reid apologizes for ‘insensitive, tone deaf’ anti-gay posts

The MSNBC anchor says old blogs about GOP politician were not intended 'demean' LGBT community

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Joy Reid issued an apology this weekend for blog posts she had written in the past that many felt contained anti-gay language.

The posts were aimed at then-Florida Governor Charlie Crist. In the posts, Reid called the politician “Miss Charlie” and claimed that he was a closeted gay man, criticizing him for his anti-gay stances in the process.

“Now that he’s married to a girl,” she wrote in one post, “Charlie Crist is being sought out for all KINDS of good stuff… [The GOP] are wooing Miss Charlie to run.”

The MSNBC host has since issued a statement of apology, which reads in part, “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.”

“Nonetheless, as someone who is not a member of the LGBT community, I regret the way I addressed the complex issue of the closet and speculation on a person’s sexual orientation with a mocking tone and sarcasm. It was insensitive, tone deaf and dumb. There is no excusing it – not based on the taste-skewing mores of talk radio or the then-blogosphere, and not based on my intentions,” she added.

She went on to apologize for using sexual orientation as a “means of critiquing” someone’s stances and concluded, “I am disappointed in myself. I apologize to those who also are disappointed in me. Life can be humbling. It often is. But I hope that you know where my heart is, and that I will always strive to use my words for good. I know better and I will do better.”

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