MSNBC Host Apologizes For Comments Made About Romney’s Adopted Grandson

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A MSNBC host came under fire when she joked about a family photo which showed Gov. Romney among 21 grandchildren while holding the newest grandson, an adopted African-American infant, on his knee.  Melissa Harris-Perry displayed the photo and asked her panel of guests to create caption ideas.

Actress Pia Glenn began singing “one of these things just isn’t the same,” as comedian Dean Obeidallah joked that the picture “sums up the diversity of the Republican party.” Harris-Perry said that little Kieran was “gorgeous,” and that her biggest goal for 2040 would be to see Kieran and North West get married so Mitt Romney and Kanye West would be in-laws.

Harris-Perry tweeted her apology Tuesday, Dec. 31, using the hashtag “#MHPapology”

“I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. I work by guiding principle that those who offend do not have the right to tell those they hurt that they [are] wrong for hurting. Therefore, while I meant no offense, I want to immediately apologize to the Romney family for hurting them. As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise. I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices.”

She also issued and apology online later in the day saying the intent had been to celebrate the diversity of Romney’s family.