On Christmas Eve, Mitt Romney posted a family picture on Twitter of him and his wife Ann, along with their grandchildren. In the post, Romney wished all a Merry Christmas.
But what MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry drew attention to was the fact that sitting on Romney's knee was one African-American grandchild, Kieran James, the adopted son of Mitt's son Ben, which she pointed out during a segment on Sunday.
Harris-Perry asked guests on the show for a caption to go along with the family photo to which actress Pia Glenn responded, "One of these is not like the others. One of these things just isn't the same."
Since Harris-Perry's segment, many have accused the host of going too far with her racist remarks, and on Tuesday morning she released an apology on Twitter.
"I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. #MHPapology," Melissa Harris-Perry tweeted.
She later continued, saying: "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."
I work by guiding principle that those who offend do not have the right to tell those they hurt that they r wrong for hurting. #MHPapology— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) December 31, 2013
Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin was quick to call out the cable news station for tasteless mockery.
"Holy unbelievable. The hypocritical leftist lamestream media should be shamed by every caring, child-loving American. It has once again reached a new low," Palin wrote on her Facebook page.
"It's a beautiful thing the Romney family has done by embracing 'the spirit of adoption.' What on earth is more beautiful? Shame on MSNBC for mocking this."
Glenn also responded on Twitter, questioning the media outcry over the segment.
"If I point out the 1 black person & you translate that as an attack ON HIM, who's racist? I don't personally see anything wrong with being black," Glenn tweeted.
But several hours later, after responding to many angry messages online, Glenn addressed those she and Harris-Perry had offended.
"Adoptive parents giving a child of ANY ethnicity a loving home, I apologize. I absolutely did not intend to harm you, but it seems that I have."
Glenn continued to post apologies to multiracial families and adoptive families.
"I am absolutely aware of the added challenges of interracial adoptive families and I see how I added to that. I did not mean to. Still wrong," Glenn posted.
"As I said earlier, any parent who gives any child a loving home is doing a wonderful thing. Period."
In a spontaneous reaction to a photo,my disdain for Mitt Romney's political platform led me to inadvertently insult adoptive families.— Pia Glenn (@PiaGlenn) December 31, 2013
But I just wanted to be crystal clear that I see how I've offended adoptive families and I am very sorry.— Pia Glenn (@PiaGlenn) December 31, 2013
Racist remarks regarding multiracial families have made other headlines this year. This past summer, Cheerios released a commercial featuring a biracial family. But owner General Mills had to disable comments for the ad on YouTube due to offensive remarks.
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