MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and a panel of comedians she invited to be part of an episode on Sunday have sparked outrage after making fun of Mitt Romney, his family and their adopted black grandson.
“It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person,” comedian Dean Obeidallah joked.
The Daily Mail reports that Harris-Perry, who herself is African-American, often focuses on black issues on her show. The “What’s So Funny About 2013?” segment of the show presented pictures and asked panelists to “caption” them with jokes and commentary.
“One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same," said actress Pia Glenn.
Harris-Perry said she hopes Kieran will marry North West, the daughter of rapper Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, so that Mitt Romney and West would be forced to interact with each other awkwardly.
Harris-Perry also called the baby, who was adopted by Mitt Romney’s son Ben and wife Andelyne in September, “gorgeous.”
Conservatives immediately took to social media to criticize MSNBC and the panelists for the segment.
“MSNBC has become a club where the smug go to exchange hateful opinions and reassure each other it's acceptable,” tweeted Romney 2012 senior adviser Stuart Stevens.
“Wildly inappropriate incident. Viewers and the Romney family deserve better,” tweeted one-term Massachusetts senator and ladies magazine centerfold Scott Brown.
The host apologized Tuesday morning on her official Twitter account.
The Daily Mail notes that the baby boy became the center of another kind of controversy when it was revealed in September that his name means “little and black” in Gaelic.