MSNBC host Joy Reid has apologized after blog posts emerged in which she used homophobic remarks and anti-gay jokes to mock former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
In a series of posts written from 2007-2009 on Reid’s former blog ‘The Reid Report” that resurfaced on Twitter, the MSNBC host referred to Crist as “Miss Charlie” and made ungrounded suggestions that he was repressing his true sexuality.
“Stop pretending, brother,” one post read. “It’s okay that you don’t go for the ladies.”
1/x From 2007 to 2009 @joyannreid authored a dozen homophobic posts not only attempting to out Charlie Crist as gay, she attacked & mocked him for being so.
She repeatedly referred to him as "Miss Charlie" and tagged posts about him under "gay politicians." (thread) pic.twitter.com/tRYvJ3lTc8
— James M (@Jamie_Maz) November 30, 2017
In other postings, Reid also featured Crist under categories about “gay politicians,” and speculated that he married his then-wife Carole Rome to kill rumors that he might be a homosexual and boost his chances of being selected as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election.
Crist, who served as a Republican Governor of Florida from 2006 to 2010, has since joined the Democratic Party representing Florida’s 13th congressional district.
Reid apologized for the remarks on Sunday evening, and suggested criticism levelled at her was justified.
“This note is my apology to all who are disappointed by the content of blogs I wrote a decade ago, for which my choice of words and tone have legitimately been criticized. As a writer, I pride myself on a facility with language—an economy of words or at least some wisdom in the selection,” Reid said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “However, that clearly has not always been the case.”
Reid, who remains MSNBC’s national correspondent and a prominent host, has been one of the most unhinged critics of the President Donald Trump, regularly leveling accusations of racism, sexism, and bigotry against him.
In a tweet on Sunday evening, Reid referred to the importance of admitting when you are wrong and promised her followers “more soon” on the issue:
#AdmittingYoureWrongIs essential. More soon.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 3, 2017