Romney says he accepts MSNBC host’s ‘heartfelt’ apology

Mitt Romney said he accepts an MSNBC host’s apology after she made jokes about a family photo featuring his adopted black grandson.

The former Republican presidential nominee appeared on “Fox News Sunday” today and told Chris Wallace he believes Melissa Harris-Perry’s apology was “clearly heartfelt.”

Romney said the people at MSNBC made a big mistake, but he said everyone does — including himself.

“They’ve apologized for it,” he said. “That’s all you can ask for. I am going to move on from that. I am sure they want to move on from it.”

Harris-Perry came under fire after joking about a Christmas photo of the Romney family that showed Romney holding his newest grandson, Kieran, on his knee.

Romney Christmas photo

The remarks were made on Harris-Perry’s show last Sunday during a year-in-review segment.

The host was putting photos on the screen from throughout the 2013 year and asked her panel to come up with comedic captions.

When the Romney photo came up, one of panelists, actress Pia Glenn, started singing lines from the song “One of These Things Is Not Like The Others.”

Another panelist, comedian Dean Obeidallah, said the picture “really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party.”

Harris-Perry described the baby as “gorgeous,” before joking that he would one day marry North West, the daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

“Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?” Harris-Perry said, drawing laughs.

Harris-Perry apologized — first on Twitter and later in an emotional segment on her show Saturday. (Her full apology can be viewed at the bottom of the story.)

Harris-Perry said she intended to say “positive and celebratory things” about the photo and she never intended to offend anyone with the segment.

“Whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context, that segment, was poor judgment,” said Harris-Perry, who graduated from Wake Forest and Duke universities. “So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family.”

Harris-Perry began to tear up and said she “broke the ground rule” that families should be off-limits. She also apologized to other families who “have formed through trans-racial adoption.”

“On this program, we are dedicated to advocating for a wide diversity of families,” Harris-Perry said.

Harris-Perry started coming under fire after Republican blogs and commentators were quick to point out the comments made by the panel.

“MSNBC has become a club where the smug go to exchange hateful opinions and reassure each other it’s acceptable,” tweeted Stuart Stevens, a political consultant and senior adviser to Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown, a friend of the Romneys, urged MSNBC to apologize for this “wildly inappropriate incident. Viewers and the Romney family deserve better.”

“Check out these adult progressives on MSNBC mocking a black child for being adopted by a white family,” tweeted conservative commentator and radio host Dana Loesch.

Responding to a critic on Twitter, Glenn – the panelist who sang the song – said she “didn’t personally call THE BABY names or mock/attack the baby.”

In another tweet, she said: “Yes, I sang the song. There are many children in the pic & only 1 black child. I don’t see that as mocking or attacking the baby.”

24 comments

  • wanda capps

    Like my mom always told me, talk your comments over with your brain before you spit them out, once you do that the damage is done. It wasn’t just the comment, it was the behavior of the entire panel, joking and taunting like a bunch of school age bullies

  • 1SHOT1KILL

    She needs to take her apology and stick were the sun. Her apology is not sincere in any way. She is not sorry for uttering those racist comments, she is only sorry that it created a whirlwind of outrage. If she was truly sorry about her racist comments, she would have apologized long before now. I guess the mounting pressure of the outrage and cries for her firing, has gotten hers and MSNBC’s attention. To hell with this oxygen thief.

    • dianebkht

      Why should Melissa Harris-Perry be boycotted or thrown off the air…..when we have Rush L, and FOX news who are way worse then Perry’s guest? Rush is still singing his children’s tunes to his craziness and racism he spreads on the air! And who can forget the infamous Obama girls mock he displayed as well. I see where Sarah Palin posted her look at me comment as well. Well Sarah where were you when tea party posters were running a muck? Never did anyone think about President Obama’s children.

  • Ginger

    I am curious at to what the fall out should be. It is beautiful that they adopted a child in need….regardless of the skin color. I watched the media ream Paula Dean for something that transpired a long time ago when segregation wasn’t so displaced in the south. I don’t believe the apology is sincere, but it is political to save her from a moment that she has exploited so many others for. I hope that if any grace is bestowed her way, the she remember this moment when she found herself on the news…not reporting it. Furthermore, we should be more tolerant of all people in ignorance and believe in each other. Our voice for equality doesn’t come from the continual division between black and white. There should be accountability to every news forum that uses inflammatory and derogatory racial slurs. One would think that this would no longer be tolerated anywhere. It is more cancerous to our society than cigarettes and cholesterol could ever be. STOP TOLERATING RACISM FROM ANY DIRECTION!!!

  • Lee

    It does seem to be a colossal, “save my own sorry butt” kind of apology, directed toward the public. The major offender in the MSNBC cast of clowns was, and still is Pia Glenn who has a fistful of excuses to buttress her prejudice. Her comments and the snide use of the little ditty she sang, were what put a “borderline” discussion clearly over the top and spotlighted a tiny baby in a negative way, along with the loving family who chose him.
    Ms. Glenn, through her own petty jealousy and hypocrisy sees this as an opportunity to ridicule, instead of celebrating that a child who had no one, now has a family AND that this child and the family who welcomed him, is forever changed and blessed by him as he is by them. The fact that Ms. Glenn refuses to accommodate this reality in her little world, shows that it is SHE who is not ready to have an end to hatred or racial discrimination.
    Evidently, MSNBC leaders must share the prejudice of their employees, after all, it IS the corporate culture they’ve fostered. This whole fiasco has further marginalized MSNBC since they can no longer claim any moral or ethical righteousness on any issue involving bullying or racial discrimination,

    • Kill The Poor

      Yes Richard only the left has idiots. Only the left is full of hate. It’s always the left. Have a problem? blame the left. It’s good to see that you’ve taken the Obama road and decided to pass the blame to someone else. I take it you righties can’t see the forrest for the trees can you? Dumbass

      • Kill The Poor

        How Richard? Please explain, and avoid trying to call me a “liberal” or a “democrat”, and using that as you only defense or arguement. You know when you can’t come up with actual facts or ideas, you just call somone a “liberal” like most people on here do. Oh and Mitt accepted her apology. CASE CLOSED. Besides I want to see where everyone is when Rush gets his usual case of verbal diarrhea again .Or is it only a problem when “liberals” say something offensive or wrong?

  • Beth

    Why does she still work for MSNBC? As for Pia Glenn’s rendition of a song from Sesame Street what an idiot. Apparently she didn’t learn any of the lessons from Sesame Street. That entire group should be out looking for other work.

  • Randy Jessup

    I believe her apology is heart felt I do think she is very sorry her segment offended as many people as it did I do not think she meant to offend so many people on the left. I think the segment made the point she did intend to make but it just offended so many people across political lines that she is in danger of loosing her job and for that she is very very sorry. The thought of loosing her platform does hurts her unreservedly in that she is very sincere but the rest of her statement about wanting to be celebratory is complete horse hockey. She and her panel said exactly what she intended them to say. otherwise she would not have laughed so hysterical and would not have been so giddy with her self or them. I also believe she has the right to say what ever she wants to say she has free speech and she can say what she wants we as consumers of that free speech can also speak out when we want and say what we want. We as consumers can also choose not to watch her show ever again. In my case that will not hurt her viewership as I don’t watch her show anyway because I find her views abhorrent to my sensibilities and I believe she is a racist liberal hack. I generally avoid her channel because for the most part they are all just like her.

    • Alexandra Castle

      Jeez folks is it so bad we can’t laugh at ourselves. Unless something much worse was said, these were “comedic” comments not directed specifically at the baby. Considering her own race, she would be the last one to do that. I’ve watched her very frequently and never found her to be unmannered. As for the left owning hatred. Have all you people on the right never listened to Limbaugh, Palin, news on Fox. And they NEVER take it back and they certainly have been very personal. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that one of the anchors on Fox made a horribly racist comment. You know, the blond. Are you really so blind you cannot see

  • Wendy

    It is important to note that one of the Romney children provided an opportunity to a child not wanted , or uable to be cared for by the biologic mother. It does not matter the race of the child, what matters is the child’s mother did the right thing by choosing life instead of an abortion. The Romney’s welcomed this child into their home and are providing a better life for this child. The smugness of the news commentator shows her prejudice and ignorance. We should be celebrating any family who wants to provide love to ANY child in need of a loving home, irrespective of race. This woman is a bigot who perpetuates racist thoughts and her feelings of her own superiority. She should be fired. If this was a white person making these comments there would be a cry of indignation. Shame on you MSNBC.

  • rickyhedrick

    i think that she should be fired from her job. because if it was the other way around and a white person have said what she said .you would not here the end of it, you would have ever black person rasen hell about it. but sence she balck that makes it ok.bull sh t

  • Maxine Pierson

    MSNBC is just a paid mouthpiece for the far left; they do not choose .
    to provide any level of quality journalism

    They are reverse racists and this was the WORST.
    She is an embarrassment and one move from Angela Davis of Black Panther fame

    Experienced and educated political journalists and professionals would not work there- or be hired- of ANY race.

    Sponsor CANCEL YOUR ADS.

    The grace and character t shown by Gov. Romney made me so sad he is not President Romney.

  • jiltgirl

    One more comment: Harris -Perry has a very minimal ability and “stage presence “. She need to find another station with low enough broadcasting standards to hire her.

    Send Boycott letters to the sponsors – that will get the attention…

  • dianebkht

    Melissa Harris-Perry we love you and I for one will not cast a stone upon you! Hold your heard up and shine on!

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