Melissa Harris-Perry Delivers Televised Apology To Romney Family & Mitt Says, “Let’s Move On”

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January 5, 2014 ‐ By Drenna Armstrong

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After coming under fire for making jokes about Mitt Romney’s grandson Kieran, who is African-American, being part of a Caucasian family, Melissa Harris-Perry has taken every opportunity to apologize for her remarks, as well as the rest of the panel, that offended the Romney family.

There was no better place to do it than on her show and on Saturday, MHP gave a seemingly heartfelt apology on the air:

Mitt Romney was asked by several outlets for his reaction to her televised apology and according to The Hollywood Reporter, all is forgiven. He had this to say to Fox News:

 ”I recognize that people make mistakes and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake and they’ve apologized for it and that’s all you can ask for. I’m going to move on from that, I’m sure they want to move on from that. Look, I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself and they’ve apologized for this and, you know, I think we can go on from there.”

Romney added that he believes the apology was “clearly heartfelt” and they can accept that.

So far, there has been nothing from MSNBC about any suspensions or anything like that being handed to Melissa Harris-Perry and perhaps her immediate reaction to what happened has helped her in that respect.

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  • Joe Brown

    Definitely a heart-felt apology. And Mr. Romney forgives her, and that’s great. Important lesson is that we really need to think a little longer before speaking. We have freedom of speech, but not freedom from the consequences of our speech.

  • bigdede

    The only reason, imo, she should have apologized is because you know someone has looked at a picture of her and her white kids and said the same thing. Or they may have looked at a picture of her and her white mama and said the same thing.

  • mmm

    But Fox News can say whatever they want about Obama and blacks on their shows?

    • guest

      What are they saying that you find offensive? I watch Fox News and I am not sure I know what you are talking about. Just because facts are stated that may not be favorable to Obama doesn’t mean they are “saying whatever they want”. You probably don’t even watch Fox.

      • hollyw

        That he’s a second-class citizen. That he’s Nigerian. That he’s Muslim. That he’s likely an illegal citizen and should prove his citizenship. That he’s “un-American”.

        That Michelle is unattractive/fat/immodest. That she’s a bad role model. That she’s “overly aggressive”.

        None of ^these^ are facts. More than unfavorable, they’re racially stereotypical, offensive, and unprecedented for the presidency. Anything else?

        • guest

          Game. Set. Match.
          Check him, girl!

          • guest

            Right! You probably also have no facts to back up your drivel. No facts equal no juice! Check yourself!

          • hollyw

            LOL!

      • guest

        That is not Fox new saying that. That is panelists on their shows expressing their opinions….just like our folk who expressed their opinion how dumb Bush was, he’s an alcoholic, etc. Perry’s comments were not those of MSNBC, just her own. As for the Michelle comments, weren’t those expressed by Limbaugh? He doesn’t even have a show on Fox News. Back up your statements with dates, etc. from Fox News….doubt you’ll be able to. Game, set, match!

        • hollyw

          Predictable. FOX News isn’t a person; it’s a channel. And they make it a point to staff it with racist and/or racially ignorant panelists and anchors.

          Also, calling someone dumb isn’t racist, just offensive. However, if the person in question barely passed his classes and doesn’t even have a full vocabulary, then it’s also accurate.

          Please try again.

  • Diana Johnson Pitt

    Fox News say whatever they want to about Pres.Obama and other black people.Don’t no whites get offended by that

    • olivia

      President Obama is subject to criticism, he’s a grown man and the leader of the free world.

      Since when is it okay throw shots at babies?

      • hollyw

        Romney was definitely trying to replace Obama not too long ago, I’d say, and also, I honestly never caught that any of the jokes were at the baby’s expense. Romney, Republicans, white people adopting Black babies, etc., but never the baby himself… *shrug* The entire panel apologized. Multiple times.

    • Clark Toni

      Good Point.

  • KeepingItReal

    Not a big deal. People need to move on. White people always want to play the “victim”…smh

    • Ms_Sunshine9898

      We as a people are the last ones to want to talk about playing the victim role a little too much . .

    • elt100

      …”white people”, huh? (Good thing you’re not a racist.) Face it, if the races were reversed here you’d be losing your mind. Keep it real…

      • hollyw

        The roles would not be reversed bc affluent Black families do not adopt white orphans.

        • Clark Toni

          This is just too funny, I agree Black affluent families don’t adopt white children how true. I wish we could adopt our own children.

  • Sarena Watkins

    “She meant her apology. God bless her sweet soul.”

  • Rebbekah

    I’m glad she had the guts to apologize. It wasn’t that offensive, but it was distasteful.

    • bag74

      Ummm she apologized via Twitter immediately after the show, if not the day after. The televised apology was this week ONLY because her show airs ONLY on the weekend. The Romney’s accepted her apology, so let’s follow suit and drop it, please!

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