This morning, on her MSNBC show, Joy Reid “apologized” for a series of anti-gay posts made years ago on her blog, but didn’t actually apologize or admit she made them. Video of her non-apology is included below.
Instead, she again insinuated that someone hacked her blog and posted those statements, saying that cyber experts she hired to look into it could not prove she was hacked.
She did admit to making “hurtful” statements in the past, including tweets about Ann Coulter claiming she was a transvestite. She also admitted to making other statements insensitive to the gay community, and blamed her family’s conservative upbringing for those statements.
She also said that she is no longer the type of person that would make those types of statements.
“A community that I support and that I deeply care about is hurting because of some despicable and truly offensive posts being attributed to me. Now, many of you have seen these blog posts circulating online and in social media. Many of them are homophobic, discriminatory, and outright weird and hateful. When a friend found them in December and sent them to me, I was stunned. Frankly, I couldn’t imagine where they’d come from or whose voice that was. In the months since, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to make sense of these posts. I hired cybersecurity experts to see if somebody had manipulated my words or my former blog. And the reality is, they have not been able to prove it.”
“But here’s what I know: I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things. Because they are completely alien to me. But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me. I have not been exempt from being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for. I own that. I get it. And for that, I am truly, truly sorry.”
“I feel like I should have known better than to ever write or tweet in a way that could make fun of or make light of and that experience, even a decade ago, when the country was in a very different place. But I cannot take any of that back. I can only say that the person I am now is not the person I was then. I like to think I have gotten better as a person over time, that I’m still growing, that I’m not the same person I was 10 or 5 or even one year ago. And I know that my goal is to try to be a better person and a better ally. Now the reality is, I have to own the things that I have written and tweeted and said, and I’m hoping, out of all of this, there’s an opportunity to talk about the ways in which hurtful speech really does imperil marginalized communities.”
Here is video of Reid’s statement today.