Saturday, September 25, 2021

LGBT Group Rescinds Award for Joy Reid After Her Homophobic Tweets Are Unearthed

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*Joy Reid, host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” claims her old blog was hacked after a Twitter user uncovered anti-gay comments on her blog.

Reid issued an apology last year for writing anti-gay slurs on her old blog. But she claims new offending comments that were recently uncovered were “fabricated”.

As reported by Splinter News, about a decade ago, when she was still a morning talk show host in SouthΥ Florida, Reid edited a politics blog called The Reid Report. She used that blog to write a series of posts attempting to out then-Florida Governor Charlie Crist as gay, repeatedly referring to him as “Miss Charlie.”

She also suggested that if Crist made his way onto John McCain’s 2008 ticket, he would be too preoccupied doing things like picking out “flamingo-shaped napkins” to get anything done in the White House.

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A Twitter user laid all these findings out in a November 2017 Twitter thread, with evidence pulled from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine:

Reid apologized for the posts, which, at the time, she called “insensitive, tone deaf and dumb.” She also pointed to her friends in the LGBTQ community as evidence she’s not homophobic.

But on Monday, the same Twitter user unearthed even more offensive content from Reid’s old blog using Wayback. Mediaite published an extensive story about the deeply offensive posts, here’s a partial list:

  • Reid defending the former NBA star Tim Hardaway saying that he hates “gay people,” by saying “most straight people cringe at the sight of two men kissing…Does that make me homophobic? Probably.”
  • In the same post, she went on to write that it’s “intrinsic” for heterosexual people to believe that “homosexual sex…is…well…gross.”
  • A 2006 post counting down the “totally not gay celebrities of the year,” a list that included Clay Aiken, Tom Cruise, and Anderson Cooper at No. 1.
  • Idly floating an “interesting question” about whether you could “manipulate the genes of your unborn child” to make sure they’re not gay.
  • Promoting the insidious and deeply old stereotype that gay men are just predators and pedophiles seeking out “impressionable teens.”
  • An obsession with the movie Brokeback Mountain (its premise of a love story between two men was “too out there” for her, and she said again that she just didn’t want to watch a sex scene between men).

When Mediaite reached out to Reid about her old blog, she insisted the posts, published under her name, were the work of “unknown, external” hackers.

But folks want her to address the homophobic messages that she has tweeted from her verified account, such as the ones below: 

Reid claims hackers worked their way into the Wayback Machine to edit her archived posts to add more anti-LGBTQ content to smear her.

The Internet Archive said Tuesday it could find no evidence to back up her hacking claim.

But on Tuesday night, a spokeswoman for MSNBC shared several documents with CNNMoney, including a statement from an independent security consultant who said he has “significant evidence” that some of the recently circulated posts are bogus.

Meanwhile, a leading LGBT advocacy group rescinded its Straight for Equality in Media Award to Joy Reid on Tuesday amid the controversy surrounding these newly-unearthed homophobic comments made on a decade-old blog.

“When we extended our invitation to Ms. Reid to honor her at our 45th-anniversary celebration, we did so knowing about the blog posts from the late 2000s regarding Charlie Crist,” PFLAG president Jean Hodges said in a statement. “We appreciated how she stepped up, took ownership, apologized for them, and did better—this is the behavior and approach we ask of any ally. However, in light of new information, and the ongoing investigation of that information, we must at this time rescind our award to Ms. Reid.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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