MSNBC anchor Joy Reid issued an apology on Sunday for a series of blog posts she wrote nearly a decade ago, mostly critical of former Governor Charlie Crist of Florida. The blog posts were criticized as homophobic and anti-gay.
Resurfaced by Twitter user @Jamie_Maz on Thursday, Reid wrote numerous blog posts attacking the former Florida governor. These rants included calling Crist “Miss Charlie” and sarcastically using the tags “gay politicians” and “not gay politicians.”
Chris, who has been married to women twice, has never come out as gay.
Reid doesn’t just suggest Cris is gay, she assumes he is gay and then proceeds to attack him for it. “Miss Charlie, Miss Charlie. Stop pretending, brother. It’s okay that you don’t go for the ladies,” wrote Reid in a 2007 post.
In another, Reid wrote, “Now that he’s married to a girl, Charlie Crist is being sought out for all KINDS of good stuff… [The GOP] are wooing Miss Charlie to run.”
Reid also claimed Crist spent his honeymoon checking out men and dreading physical relations with his wife. She wrote, “I can just see poor Charlie on the honeymoon, ogling the male waiters and thinking to himself, ‘God, do I actually have to see her naked…?'”
In a recent statement, Joy Reid said:
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.
Among the frequent subjects of my posts was then-governor Charlie Crist, at the time a conservative Republican, whose positions on issues like gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples in Florida shared headlines with widely rumored reports that he was hiding his sexual orientation.
Reid added, “At no time have I intentionally sought to demean or harm the LGBT community, which includes people whom I deeply love. My goal, in my ham-handed way, was to call out potential hypocrisy.”
Crist, who served as Florida’s governor from 2007–2011, supported a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in 2008. He later apologized for supporting the amendment, telling Watermark Online, an online LGBT publication based in Orlando, “I’m sorry I did that. It was a mistake. I was wrong. Please forgive me.”
Now, it is Joy Reid who is seeking forgiveness for, as she put it, “insensitive, tone deaf and dumb” comments.
“In addition to friends and coworkers and viewers, I deeply apologize to Congressman Crist, who was the target of my thoughtlessness. My critique of anti-LGBT positions he once held but has since abandoned was legitimate in my view. My means of critiquing were not,” she wrote.
“Re-reading those old blog posts, I am disappointed in myself,” Reid continues. “I apologize to those who also are disappointed in me. Life can be humbling. It often is. But I hope that you know where my heart is, and that I will always strive to use my words for good. I know better and I will do better.”