Two days after MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests mocked Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandchild, the cable TV host issued an apology on Twitter. But both its manner and substance cast doubt on its sincerity.
On Sunday, Harris-Perry displayed a Romney family portrait in which he’s holding young Kieran Romney on his lap. The Melissa Harris-Perry Show host and her guests found the photo hilarious, and one panelist even implied that Kieran was the Romneys’ token black.
The backlash was swift, prompting Harris-Perry to tweet this apology Tuesday morning:
Who apologizes on Twitter? Isn’t that kind of like breaking up with a girlfriend on Facebook? Then Harris-Perry felt the need to add that cute little hashtag, #MHPapology, which wasn’t lost on anyone. No one was buying it.
ABC News anchor Mike Conneen tweeted:
Celebrity apologies (on twitter) now come with their own custom hashtags? #MHPapology
— Mike Conneen (@MikeConneen) December 31, 2013
Another follower noted the hashtag, and replied to Harris-Perry directly:
— Jason K King (@kingrcdd) December 31, 2013
The apology’s lack of substance didn’t escape notice, either. A Twitter user only identified as S.M. tweeted:
"I'm sorry if you're hurt by what I said" is not an apology. #MHPapology
— S.M (@redsteeze) December 31, 2013
But the real zinger came from actor Adam Baldwin, who tweeted:
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) December 31, 2013
Read more backlash tweets at Twitchy.