On Sunday, the Melissa Harris-Perry show did a segment called “Caption That” showing pictures and asking the panel to write a caption for the photo. One of the photos was of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney seated with his wife, Ann, and their grandchildren. Seated on Romney’s lap was one of the new additions to the family, an adopted black grandson named Kieran.
Some of the panelists took shots at the baby and made analogies to the Republican Party’s minority outreach.
Actress Pia Glenn said, “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same.”
Dean Obeidallah chimed in, “It really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party and the RNC, where they have the whole convention and they find the one black person.”
Harris-Perry called the baby “gorgeous” and then revealed that she would like to see the baby marry North West, the daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
Check out the segment below:
The segment caused some quick backlash. Sarah Palin slammed the segment on her social media.
And today Melissa Harris-Perry offered a public apology for the segment.
In a statement posted on MSNBC.com, Harris-Perry wrote, “Whatever the intent, the segment proceeded in an unexpected way that was offensive. Without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family and to all families built on loving transracial adoptions.”
You can read the full apology here.
It’s usually considered in poor taste to criticize the minor children of politicians, especially an infant.
What do you think? Should the new Romney baby have been singled out?