On Saturday morning, MSNBC host Joy Reid issued an apology to the LGBTQ community for anti-gay blog posts that circulated earlier this week appearing to have been from her old blog.
.@MSNBC‘s Joy Reid addresses homophobic blog posts:
“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things … But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me.” pic.twitter.com/PWjdPfs5KB
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 28, 2018
Reid called the posts “homophobic, discriminatory and outright weird.”
“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me,” Reid said. “But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted, have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me. For that, I am truly, truly sorry.”
She added, “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.”
During her apology, Reid admitted that she had been made aware of these old posts and hired cyber security experts to find out where they came from.
“The reality is they have not been able to prove it,” said Reid. Though Reid maintains she doesn’t think she wrote those words, she did say that it made sense that people would think that given other things she has said.
“I look back at the ways I talked casually about people and gender identity and sexual orientation and I wonder who that even was,” she added.
After apologizing to the trans community and Ann Coulter for using transphobic language to discuss the far-right commentator, Reid pivoted to speaking about her own upbringing in a home that was conservative on LGBTQ issues and her own growth.
Reid also shared a personal story. A male friend of hers came out as gay to her freshman year of college and her knee-jerk reaction was to express sadness for all the women he could have been in a relationship with.
“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 am still growing, that I’m not the same person I was 10 or five or even one year ago. and I know that my goal is to try to be a better person and a better ally,” said Reid.
After Reid claimed that her blog was hacked, the FBI began an investigation into Reid’s personal accounts.