MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry has apologized to the Romney clan on Twitter for off-color comments she and a panel of comedians made about a family photo in which Kieran Romney, Mitt Romney's adopted black grandchild, is front and center.
On Sunday, Perry hosted a gang of funny men and women for her year-end "A Look Back in Laughter" episode. MHP introduced the Romney family portrait as one of the "photos of the year," and the jokes promptly followed.
Panelist Pia Glenn remixed the lyrics to a popular "Sesame Street: tune and sang, "One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn't the same." MHP followed up with her hope that in 2040, Kieren would marry Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's daughter, North West.
Comedian Dean Obeidallah also chimed in. "I think this picture is great. It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person," he said.
MHP sent a series of tweets under the hashtag #MHPapology to express her regret about the segment:
I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. #MHPapology
7:17 AM - 31 Dec 2013
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
7:20 AM - 31 Dec 2013
Therefore, while I meant no offense, I want to immediately apologize to the Romney family for hurting them. #MHPapology
7:21 AM - 31 Dec 2013
As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise. #MHPapology
7:26 AM - 31 Dec 2013
I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices. #MHPapology
7:27 AM - 31 Dec 2013
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