MSNBC host Joy Reid addressed the homophobic posts on her now-defunct blog in the opening monologue of her show Saturday morning.
“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 from being 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.”
She apologized for specific instances where she has been homophobic, adding that she was raised in a conservative household and that her views have evolved with age.
“Especially for trans people I feel like I should have known better than to ever write in a way to make fun of or make light of that pain and experience even a decade ago when the country was in a very different place, but I cannot take any of that back,” she said. “I can only say that the person I am now is not the person I was then.”
Posts from Reid’s old blog were published on Monday, containing vitriolic homophobic comments. Reid has denied that she wrote the posts, even getting a cyber expert to investigate traces of hacking. Some have doubted her claims, citing old posts voicing homophobic sentiments that were unearthed in December.
Joy Reid addresses the homophobic posts on her now-defunct blog pic.twitter.com/RjCueROieT
— Kate Riga (@Kate_Riga24) April 28, 2018