MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry offered an on-air apology to the Romney family for the jokes made by a panel of comedians that were on her Dec. 29 show towards the former 2012 presidential runner up’s family, specifically focusing on Kieran Romney, a black child who was recently adopted into the family.
During the segment, the panel captioned popular photos from the year 2013. One of the photos they captioned was the awkward sit down between President Obama and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. When they posted a Romney family photo with young Kieran as a part of it, actress Pia Glenn started singing, “one of these things is not like the others,” focusing on the race of Kieran. Harris-Perry described Kieran as “gorgeous,” but followed it by predicting that the child would marry North West, the daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, in the future as she, along with the rest of the panel, laughed at the idea of Kanye West and Mitt Romney being in the same family.
She received plenty of backlash for her segment, and deservedly so. Going after public figures is fine, but when you throw children into it, you’re taking things too far. I enjoy her show, but she knows this as well. Although her statements didn’t didn’t directly mention the racial makeup of the Romneys during the segment, it is her show and her responsibility to control the conversation of the rest of her panel.
Throughout the week, she offered multiple apologies and explanations to the Romneys through tweets.
On the MSNBC website, the segment, titled “Nerdland Plays Caption That!” was replaced with her apology. Any websites that embedded her controversial segment will notice that her apology is there in its place.
To hear her apology, please check out the video below. To her credit, it wasn’t the usual political apology of blaming others and the media for calling her on it. She thanked her critics and said at times, they can be the best teachers.