Joy Reid "apologizes" for anti-LGBT posts. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)
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Embattled MSNBC host Joy Reid on Saturday attempted to apologize for saying hackers placed disparaging articles on a blog website she abandoned more than a decade ago.
But Reid faced backlash on social media for issuing what was called “nothing more than a carefully-crafted PR statement.”
What did she say?
“A community I support and deeply care about is hurting because of despicable and truly offensive posts being attributed to me,” Reid said at the beginning of her show. “Many of you have seen the blog posts circulating online and social media. Many of them are homophobic, discriminatory, and outright weird and hateful.”
Previously, Reid admitted to writing anti-gay blog posts after some of them were brought to light in December. She even justified her actions by saying the cartoon “South Park” had done it as well.
More of the posts were uncovered this week, and critics called them homophobic and Islamaphobic.
Under the gun, Reid decided that hackers must have written or changed the posts.
“When a friend found them and sent them to me I was stunned,” Reid said. “Frankly, I couldn't imagine where they came from and whose voice that was. I hired cybersecurity experts to see if somebody manipulated my words or former blog and the reality is they have not been able to prove it.
“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 I have written in the past why some people don't believe me,” Reid said. “I can only say that the person I am now is not the person I was then.”
What are people saying?
Many Twitter users rebuked Reid’s apology, while others still defended her.
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