MSNBC’s Joy Reid Claims Newly Discovered Homophobic Blog Posts are ‘Fake News’
A series of homophobic blog posts from The Reid Report, the old blog of MSNBC news anchor Joy Reid, have been obtained by Mediaite. The posts come after Reid apologized back in December for a series of blog posts she wrote nearly a decade ago, mostly critical of former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, which were criticized as homophobic.
However, new anti-LGBT articles have surfaced. In a new statement, Joy Reid denies that these blog posts were ever actually published to her site. She’s claiming that her now defunct website was hacked.
In one of these newly found Reid Report articles with a publication date of 2006, the author goes down a list of of the top five “totally not gay celebrities of the year,” suggesting everyone on the list was secretly gay. From Oprah Winfrey to Anderson Cooper (who was still in the closet at the time of publishing), the author explains why they think each person is gay.
In another one of these articles, the author defends former NBA star Tim Hardaway’s aggressively anti-gay comments by saying “most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing.”
The author of the post wrote:
“Keeping it real … most straight men feel exactly the same way, and would have the exact same reaction to the idea of stripping naked in a sweaty locker room in close quarters with a gay teammate. Most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing… Most straight people had a hard time being convinced to watch ‘Broke Back Mountain.’ (I admit that I couldn’t go see the movie either, despite my sister’s ringing endorsement, because I didn’t want to watch the two male characters having sex.) Does that make me homophobic? Probably.”
This is just the tip of the iceberg unearthed by Mediate. Reid responded to the articles, claiming that the allegedly hacked posts do “not represent the original entries” on her site.
In December I learned that an unknown, external party accessed and manipulated material from my now-defunct blog, The Reid Report, to include offensive and hateful references that are fabricated and run counter to my personal beliefs and ideology.
I began working with a cyber-security expert who first identified the unauthorized activity, and we notified federal law enforcement officials of the breach. The manipulated material seems to be part of an effort to taint my character with false information by distorting a blog that ended a decade ago.
Now that the site has been compromised I can state unequivocally that it does not represent the original entries. I hope that whoever corrupted the site recognizes the pain they have caused, not just to me, but to my family and communities that I care deeply about: LGBTQ, immigrants, people of color and other marginalized groups.”
We’re not sure who to believe here: the internet or Reid. Considering she just apologized for making anti-gay statements in December, it doesn’t seem too hard to believe that she also penned these other articles. Reid probably was struggling to be heard back when she was a budding blogger, and she used anti-LGBT rhetoric as one way to make her voice louder. Now that she is successful and on an extremely liberal platform, these thoughts aren’t so kosher anymore.