According to the Huffington Post on Dec. 31, Melissa Harris-Perry joked about a photo of the Romney family that showed Mitt Romney holding his newly adopted black grandson, Kieran, on his knee.
The MSNBC host apologized on Tuesday after she came under fire for what she said on Sunday’s show.
Harris-Perry showed the photo and asked her panel for caption ideas. The panelists joked and laughed about the baby being the only black person in the picture.
Actress Pia Glenn joked by singing, “One of these things is not like the others.” Harris-Perry said the baby is “gorgeous,” and she said she imagined what would happen if Kieran and North West got married and Mitt Romney and Kanye West were in-laws.
Comedian Dean Obeidallah mocked the photo for “really [summing] up the diversity of the Republican Party.”
Harris-Perry tweeted Tuesday, using the hashtag “#MHPapology”:
“I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. I work by guiding principle that those who offend do not have the right to tell those they hurt that they [are] wrong for hurting. Therefore, while I meant no offense, I want to immediately apologize to the Romney family for hurting them. As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise. I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices.”
She later issued another apology online stating that her intent was to celebrate the diversity of the Romney family. She said, “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.”
Not only did Harris-Perry apologize, but her panelists also apologized. Glenn and Obeidallah said they didn’t intend to mock the Romney family or the black baby they had just adopted.
What were they thinking? No matter what the intent was, a lot of people found it quite offensive.
Watch the video above to see for yourself what happened.