MSNBC’s Joy Reid took time this morning on her show to address the ongoing debacle of whether she did or did not write homophobic/transphobic comments on her now-defunct blog during the mid-to-late 2000s.
The old posts were brought to light in December and at the time, Reid apologized for the content.
But then new posts were found by a social media adversary, and Reid told the press she didn’t remember writing these new findings.
She hired a cybersecurity expert to explore if a hacker had modified and added content. But the expert hasn’t been able to prove that theory.
So today Reid offered a flat-out unqualified apology.
“I’ve 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.”
“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.”
Reid brings up the fact that the country is in a different place than it was ten or twelve years ago. And it’s true.
People and attitudes do change. I’ve seen that from my perch here at The Randy Report.
In owning the transphobic and homophobic comments – comments I’ve heard many in the gay lesbian community make as well – she seems to come with a true apology.
I believe her, I accept her apology.
She is not our enemy. We have much bigger issues to address today.
Thank you, Joy Reid. Apology accepted.
.@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
What’s the point of successfully changing the hearts and minds of people if we’re just going to throw their 10 year old comments back in their face?
Personally speaking, Joy Reid’s apology is accepted, with thanks for her continued support and advocacy.pic.twitter.com/IIJZ5EyLjR
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) April 28, 2018
Allies show up.
I’m watching @JoyAnnReid.
Joy, you have my full support.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) April 28, 2018
What @JoyAnnReid just did is why I love & admire her. And I hope her heartfelt apology is accepted. That she is making no excuses & is taking full responsibility & is doing this panel says so much about her. It is something that I wish many would do. #StandWithJoy #AMJoy
— Lynn (@lynnv378) April 28, 2018
If #AMJoy is not good enough for the left, or for LGBTQ people as an ally, no one is. Whatever she wrote pales in comparison to things actual LGBTQ people sometimes write and never disown. Her apology is nuanced, sincere, contextualized. I accept it. You? https://t.co/5tzthqwf30 pic.twitter.com/MgiXXckSdq
— Boy Culture Blog (@mattrett) April 28, 2018
If anything, this targeted attack has strengthened Reid’s support and credibility.#AMJOY https://t.co/iq2hImnCaq
— David Badash (@davidbadash) April 28, 2018
The weirdest part of this Joy Reid kerfuffle is watching viciously anti-gay right wingers pretending for a hot second that they actually care about civil rights for LGBT Americans just so they can attack a liberal media personality.— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) April 28, 2018