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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Ripped After Making Slur on Air

MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski has not been penalized by MSNBC after making an anti-gay slur on the air yesterday during Morning Joe.

The hypocrisy was pointed out by Sarah Palin on Twitter, where she linked to an [1] article with the tweet “MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Uses Homophobic Slur on National TV, Network Tries to Cover It Up, Refuses to Punish Her.”

The controversy began when G.E. Anderson, a photographer and writer, pointed out the slur, tweeting [4]: “.@morningmika [5] just asked if Mike Pompeo is a ‘wannabe dictator’s butt boy,’ as homophobic a term as I’ve heard on national morning television. @MSNBC [6] tried and failed to censor it, and did not transcribe her remark in the closed captioning. #journalism [7]

Brzezinski responded to Anderson via Twitter, [8] “Totally agree with you -SUPER BAD choice of words .. I should have said  ‘water boy’… like for football teams or something like that.. apologize to @SenatorDurbin [9] too! SO SORRY!”

Richard Grenell, who is President Trump’s ambassador to Germany and openly gay, weighed in on the controversy, tweeting [18]: “Outrageous. This is totally unacceptable & deeply disturbing. Sexualizing gay people this way is designed to control them & minimize our worth.”

In response to the apology from Brzezinski, Grenell replied via Twitter [21]: “accepting apologies is important. We all fail. But I don’t see that you’ve actually apologized to gays? Your words demean, mock and therefore try to control whole groups by minimizing our humanity. @morningmika” [5]

Donald Trump, Jr., called out the double standard of MSNBC’s lack of response to date in contrast to the recent Oscar controversy, tweeting: [24]“This is disgusting! How can @KevinHart4real [25] essentially be forced to lose his Oscar’s gig for comments he made years ago as a comedian, but Mika can make a seriously homophobic slur on a major news station, have the network try to cover it up & its not an issue? Give me a break!”

https://twitter.com/DonaldJTrumpJr/status/1072866420281634816