MSNBC has been slammed for having Joy Reid comment on air about the cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s show over her racist tweets given that Reid was not disciplined for homophobic blog posts which she dubiously claimed was posted by hackers.
Reid appeared on Andrea Mitchell’s midday show on MSNBC to talk about the Roseanne Barr controversy on Tuesday.
Barr’s sitcom, Roseanne, the reboot of the 1990s hit show, was abruptly canceled on Tuesday by ABC’s parent company Disney.
The move came hours after Barr tweeted a racist post about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.
MSNBC has been slammed for having Joy Reid (left) comment on air about the cancellation of Roseanne Barr’s (right) show over her racist tweets given that Reid was not disciplined for homophobic blog posts which she dubiously claimed was posted by hackers
ABC has decided to cancel Roseanne Barr’s television show just hours after the comedian posted a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett
‘We have decided to cancel her show,’ Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment, announced on Tuesday afternoon
Disney CEO Bob Iger tweeted about ABC’s decision, saying: ‘There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.’ Disney owns ABC Television Group
Barr came under fire for a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett during an unhinged rant on Tuesday morning
Many on Twitter were appalled by Barr’s tweet, which was in response to an article from a conspiracy website
Barr tweeted that Jarrett was the byproduct of what would happen if the ‘Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby’.
The comedian then deleted the tweet and apologized.
‘I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks,’ Barr later tweeted.
‘I should have known better. Forgive me – my joke was in bad taste.’
The apology had little effect, as ABC announced the show’s cancellation.
MSNBC’s coverage of the Roseanne firestorm included a segment featuring Reid being interviewed by Mitchell.
Last month Reid apologized for her ‘dumb’ tweets in the past but maintained she did not write newly unearthed blog posts from 2006 – 2009 which are homophobic
These are some of the posts Reid claims she did not write but which were published on her blog The Reid Report. They were discovered last month by a Twitter user
Other blog posts which appeared included this one which said ‘most gay people cringe at the sight of two men kissing’
‘What do you have to do on social media to get fired from a top rated show on an American broadcast network?’ Mitchell asked Reid.
Reid answered by talking about Barr’s apology. Barr tweeted that she regretted disparaging Jarrett for her appearance.
‘That was a very telling part of the apology,’ Reid said.
‘I’m not surprised, this is the kind of humor that Roseanne does.’
It appeared Mitchell was unaware of the irony of the question considering that Reid was the subject of a major controversy which also involved offensive content online.
Las month, Reid was condemned for a series of homophobic blog posts that were unearthed on an internet archive.
She then claimed that the posts were the result of hacker manipulation, though that assertion has been doubted by cyber security experts who say Reid’s claims were implausible.
On the April 28 edition of her show AM Joy, Reid opened by acknowledging she has said ‘dumb’ and ‘hurtful’ things in the past.
‘The person I am now is not the person I was then,’ she said.
But she was unable to explain blog posts from a decade ago that mocked gay people and individuals who were apparently gay.
Reid has denied posting them altogether but says security experts she hired who looked into whether she had been a hacking victim found no proof.
Some on social media said that Reid should also have met the same fate as Roseanne Barr
‘I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me.
‘But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me,’ she said.
‘I have not been exempt for 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.’
The posts that came to light in December were written for The Reid Report, her blog when she was covering Florida politics a decade ago.
In posts, she refers to then-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist as ‘Miss Charlie’ and suggested he was ‘ogling the male waiters’ on his honeymoon after marrying his wife, whom he has since divorced.
She questioned whether the marriage was a sham by a gay man who thought it would help him politically.
Reid apologized, saying her remarks were ‘insensitive, tone deaf and dumb.’
She also apologized to Ann Coulter for using transgender stereotypes to describe the conservative commentator.
The news site Mediaite revealed a set of other supposed blog posts.
In one of these posts, Reid supposedly notes that ‘most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing’ and that she couldn’t see the movie Brokeback Mountain because she didn’t want to watch two male characters having sex.
Another post says that a lot of heterosexuals find the idea of homosexual sex to be gross and that there are concerns that gay men tend to be attracted to young, post-pubescent types and want to bring them ‘into the lifestyle.’
Reid has said that these posts were ‘fabricated and run counter to my personal beliefs and ideology.’
She reiterated that but acknowledged she has made hateful comments and has hopefully ‘grown as a person.’
‘I look back today at some of the ways I’ve talked casually about people and gender identity and sexual orientation, and I wonder who that even was. But the reality, like a lot of people in this country, that person was me.’
After reading her five-minute statement, Reid then led a panel discussion on gender stereotypes and issues facing the LGBT community.
DailyMail.com has reached out to MSNBC for comment.
Reid is scheduled to co-host a televised town hall on race alongside Chris Hayes of MSNBC.
Jarrett was already scheduled to appear on the show as a guest before the Roseanne controversy erupted on Tuesday.