Melissa Harris-Perry apologized this week for the recent segment on her show about Mitt Romney’s adopted grandson, Kieran, who is black.
Harris-Perry recently came under fire when she was involved in a joke about a Romney family photo. In the photo, Romney was holding Kieran on his knee. One of the show’s guests, XoJane writer and actress, Pia Glenn commented, “One of these things is not like the others.” Harris-Perry said the baby is “gorgeous,” wondered what would happen if Kieran and North West got married and Mitt Romney and Kanye West were in-laws.
Harris-Perry tweeted Tuesday, using the hashtag “#MHPapology”:
“I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. I work by guiding principle that those who offend do not have the right to tell those they hurt that they [are] wrong for hurting. Therefore, while I meant no offense, I want to immediately apologize to the Romney family for hurting them. As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise. I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices.”
She also issued an apology on her own site stating that the intent of the segment was to celebrate the family’s diversity. “Whatever the intent, the segment proceeded in an unexpected way that was offensive,” she wrote. “Without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family and to all families built on loving transracial adoptions.”
I can say all day what I “meant”, but my intentions do not negate the very real pain I have caused. I sincerely apologize.
— Pia Glenn (@PiaGlenn) December 31, 2013