Melissa Harris-Perry Apologizes for Jokes About Mitt Romney’s Grandson

By: Erika Watts - January 1, 2014

Another week brings us another TV network that people are threatening to boycott. Melissa Harris-Perry ruffled a few feathers after jokes were made about Mitt Romney’s black grandson on her show. On the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, Harris-Perry showed the family picture Romney posted to his Twitter account during the holidays. In the center of the photo, Romney is seen holding his black grandchild, which prompted Harris-Perry’s panelists to make a few jokes.

In the Melissa Harris-Perry episode that aired on December 29, the Romney family photo was shown during a Caption That segment. “Everybody loves a baby picture,” Harris-Perry said, “and this was one that really, a lot of people had emotions about this baby picture this year. This is the Romney family. And, of course, there on Governor Romney’s knee is his adopted grandson, who is an African-American, adopted African-American child, Kieran Romney.”

After Harris-Perry showed the picture, Pia Glenn sang “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same.” Comedian Dean Obeidallah used the photo to make a crack about the Republican party. “I think this picture is great,” he said. “It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.”

Check out the Romney family photo below.

It didn’t take long for the complaints about the jokes to start rolling in, with many people calling the comments “disrespectful” and “racist.” Harris-Perry apologized for the comments made about Romney’s grandson during the show on Twitter yesterday. Check out the apology tweets below.

Even though Melissa Harris-Perry apologized, this isn’t enough for some folks. Check out the tweets where people call for Harris-Perry’s head and threaten to boycott MSNBC below. Unlike the Duck Dynasty-A&E situation, no petitions have popped up yet, but maybe people are still recovering from the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Image via Twitter

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  • Eva Mitchell

    All of you that are giving her a hard time need to get a life. None of you have anything to say when those republicans are disrespecting the president of the United states.

  • Jamie

    Where do I begin? Kieran Romney (a child) was mocked on the Melissa Perry show for being guilty of being adopted by a white family. How many children have adopted a child who defend this behavior? Has anyone asked the obvious question; where was the child’s birth mother? Where is the child’s birth father? Where are the maternal or paternal birth grand parent’s? From my perspective, this poor child was failed by her ‘natural family’ from the time she entered the world. The child has essentially hit the lottery. She was adopted by people who love her, who will raise her and provide every advantage that only the top one percent would typically enjoy. Yet, Melissa Perry and her ‘guests’ thought her adoption would be funny.

    The fact that a child had to be adopted in the first place suggests that her own ‘natural’ family failed her. These people opened their home to this beautiful young lady. What’s so funny about that? What can a mother and father do to demonstrate love by opening their heart and home to a child? Why should a child be the political football for their crude humor?

    My wife and I have also adopted, and we were happy to do so. Like the Romney’s, we did it because we have the heart, room, and resources to accommodate a wonderful child. But, unlike the Romney’s we do not have financial war-chest. So, my child will be forced to attend public schools and likely go to a public college. Our child will be forced to lead a normal middle-class upbringing in spite of the failures of her natural parent’s.

    When someone opens their home to a child in need, it’s no laughing matter; it’s a loving matter. You do not have to be racially pre-qualified, that would be absurd. What’s more absurd is, to listen to adults mock the wonderful opportunity that has been afforded to this child, Kieran.