Joy Reid was forced to issue an apology for old blog posts in which she speculated about the sexuality of Charlie Crist.
The MSNBC host was criticized over the weekend when posts from her Reid Report were circulated on Twitter.
The posts, which ran from 2007 to 2009, focused on Crist, the governor of Florida at the time. Reid, then a morning talk radio host and columnist for the Miami Herald, fueled speculation that Crist was gay.
On her blog, Reid consistently referred to Crist as “Miss Charlie” and theorized that he married then-wife Carole Rome to further his chances of becoming John McCain’s running mate in 2008, calling it a “veep marketing strategy.”
Joy Reid apologized after old homophobic blog posts about Charlie Crist resurfaced online.
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“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?’” Reid wrote.
In a lengthy statement, Reid said she intended to “call out potential hypocrisy,” not “demean or harm the LGBT community.”
“Nonetheless, as someone who is not a member of the LGBT community, I regret the way I addressed the complex issue of the closet and speculation on a person’s sexual orientation with a mocking tone and sarcasm. It was insensitive, tone deaf and dumb. There is no excusing it — not based on the taste-skewing mores of talk radio or the then-blogosphere, and not based on my intentions,” she wrote.
Between 2007 and 2009, Reid, then a morning talk radio host and columnist for the Miami Herald, continually posited that Crist was gay.
“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.”
Reid also said she was disappointed in herself, but now knows better.
On Twitter, Crist, now a congressman, accepted her apology.
“Long forgotten, but thank you, Joy,” he wrote. “I appreciate you.”