MSNBC host Joy Reid is on the defensive after it was uncovered that she made a slew of homophobic remarks against former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, whom she repeatedly pestered to come out of the closet as gay and referred to as “Miss Charlie.”
Reid penned the posts between 2007 and 2009, when she was a morning talk radio host and columnist for the Miami Herald. A Twitter user uploaded multiple screenshots that showed a pattern of anti-gay behavior on the part of Reid, who has since positioned herself as a voice for social justice.
1/x From 2007 to 2009 @joyannreid authored a dozen homophobic posts not only attempting to out Charlie Crist as gay, she attacked & mocked him for being so.
She repeatedly referred to him as "Miss Charlie" and tagged posts about him under "gay politicians." (thread) pic.twitter.com/tRYvJ3lTc8
— Jamie M (@Jamie_Maz) November 30, 2017
“Now that he’s married to a girl, Charlie Crist is being sought out for all KINDS of good stuff!” Reid wrote in one post, insinuating that Crist’s marriage to businesswoman Carole Rome was a sham. “The latest: the GOP is so starved for talent in the wake of the Jeb Bush withdrawal, some in the party are wooing Miss Charlie to run for Sideshow Mel’s soon-to-be vacated Senate seat.”
“I can just see poor Charlie on the honeymoon, ogling the male waiters and thinking to himself, “god, do I actually have to see her naked…?” she blasted in another post.
Reid – who frequently posted her hateful comments under the facetious tag “not gay politicians” – expanded the scope of her criticism to more generally include gay men who marry women.
“When gay men et married to women, I mean… it’s usually an indication that they are looking for something personal, emotional or professional that society does not readily offer to openly homosexual men,” she wrote.
In a lengthy apology, Reid asked for forgiveness for the “insensitive, tone deaf and dumb” nature of her blog.
“In addition to friends and coworkers and viewers, I deeply apologize to Congressman Crist, who was the target of my thoughtlessness,” she wrote.
“Re-reading those old blog posts, I am disappointed in myself. I apologize to those who are also disappointed in me. Life can be humbling. It often is. But I hope that you know where my heart is, and that I will always strive to use my words for good. I know better and I will do better.”