Joy Reid Addresses Controversy Over Unearthed Blog Posts: ‘I Genuinely Do Not Believe I Wrote Those Hateful Things’


At the top of her show Saturday, MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid addressed the controversy surrounding the newly-unearthed homophobic posts on her old blog, which appeared under her byline.

As she has all week, the MSNBC host denied authorship of the newly-discovered posts — but did offer an apology for past homophobic and anti-trans blog posts and Tweets she previously admitted to writing.

“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 and I have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me. I have not exempt from being 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.”

Reid added:

I can only say that the person I am now is not the person I was then. I like to think I’ve gotten better as a person over time — that I’m 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 [to the LGBTQ community].

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 speak does imperil marginalized communities.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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