Kyle Coddington, a 20-year-old who suffers from brain cancer, is speaking out after he was unknowingly mocked last week by late night talk show host Samantha Bee for his hair style.
Bee recently did a segment on this year's CPAC, the annual gathering of conservatives. A video produced by her show noted that instead of bow ties and Sen. Ted Cruz, this year's young attendees were all about President Donald Trump and their "Nazi" hair styles — buzzed on the sides and back and long on the top.
"This year, the bow ties were gone, replaced by Nazi hair, Nazi hair, Nazi hair," the video says.
One of the young men shown in the video is Coddington. The reason he has "Nazi" hair isn't because he's a white nationalist, but because he has a stage 4 form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma, he explained in a recent interview with "Fox and Friends."
He told the "Fox and Friends" hosts on Friday that a friend saw him in Bee's video, which prompted his sister to tweet about it. His sister's tweet was retweeted thousands of times and eventually garnered national attention.
When @iamsambee makes fun of your brother for having "Nazi hair." He actually has stage 4 brain cancer, but whateve… https://t.co/i7TT3iRuny— Megan Knepper (@Megan Knepper)1489064355.0
The tweet also prompted Bee to apologize:
@meg_kelly16 We deeply apologize for offending you and @_that_kyle. We only learned of his condition today & have removed him from the piece— Samantha Bee (@Samantha Bee)1489081851.0
We deeply apologize for offending @_that_kyle in our CPAC segment. We only learned of his condition today & have removed him from the piece.— Full Frontal (@Full Frontal)1489081490.0
But for Coddington, Bee's apology wasn't really an apology at all.
"It's kind of a half-apology I would say. The effects of this go much further than just insulting me and an illness itself," Coddington told the Fox hosts. "It's just inconsiderate and unprofessional to lump together anyone with a certain hairstyle or just by the way they look."
The effects of the comments made on Full Frontal go further than my battle with a serious illness. Everyone in that video was targeted unjustly and targeted without facts or proof of the accusations made. The fact is that I have been hesitant of supporting Donald Trump from Day 1, and was openly “NeverTrump” through the entirety of the 2016 election cycle. Another fact is that I am a registered Democrat.
Samantha Bee tweeted an apology for “offending” me, but I want to make it clear that half-apologizing for offending someone is not apologizing for making baseless accusations against people because of the way they look. This kind of behavior should be rejected by both sides of the aisle.
It's ironic, too, that Bee included Coddington in their montage of "Nazi" hair because Coddington is a registered Democrat and was at CPAC covering it as a member of the media.
Still, Bee reportedly $1,000 to Coddington's GoFundMe page, which he setup to help with the costs of his cancer treatment. In the one day since his story went nationwide, Americans have donated more than $100,000 to help with his treatments.
"It's been an interesting 24 hours, for sure," Coddington said.
Watch his interview with "Fox and Friends" below: