6:41pm December 31, 2013

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry apologizes for segment on Romney grandson

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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?

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  1. Truth

    Think if the roles had been reversed.

    What would have happened if Fox News made fun of a white baby that was adopted by somebody like … Jesse Jackson’s family.

    If one of the people on air for Fox had sung “one of these doesn’t look like the other.”

    Now think: who in their right mind makes light of inter-racial adoption? Don’t we need more of it? Shouldn’t it be celebrated?

    This was unbelievably ignorant. Throwing ones personal ethic down the toilet for a blur on television and a chance to make fun of Mitt Romney. There are all kinds of opportunities to make fun of Mitt Romney. This ain’t one of ‘em.

    It shows a deep seated issue that took part in this ugly event. I’m not sure an apology covers it. If you think people should accept the apology? Again … think about if the reverse would happen. A thousand apologies wouldn’t be enough.

    Harris-Perry needs to do something else for a living. Unless her employer has no problem with the bigotry and lack of good sense she showed, all in the name of a giggle. A giggle that exposed real issues. Issues that aren’t resolved by spending a minute apologizing.

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