MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry stooped to new lows in having her entire roundtable panel make fun of a baby. During a recent segment of her self-titled show, the TV anchor showed a photo of Mitt Romney’s full family that included their recently adopted grandchild, an African-American boy named Kieran. But rather than celebrate the adoption, Harris-Perry and her panel lampooned it.
“One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” said actress Pia Glenn. Perry joked that she was looking forward to the 2040 wedding between Kieran and North West (the baby daughter of Kim Kardashian and North West), while comedian Dean Obeidellah said the photo summed up the diversity of the Republican party. “I think this picture is great,” he said. “It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party and the RNC, where they have the whole convention and they find the one black person.”
Harris-Perry’s jokes about the lack of diversity in the Romney family are especially rich because she’s incredibly sensitive about the topic of race herself. Earlier this month, she said that the term “Obamacare” is racist and compared it to white slave owners using the N-word, despite Obama and several other African-American Democrats regularly using the term. She believed that Americans should be using the term “Affordable Care Act” to describe the new plan.
“I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history,” she said during a segment on her show, leading viewers to believe that she was referencing the N-word before revealing that she was talking about Obamacare. “A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and diminish his accomplishments.”