On Sunday’s Melissa Harris-Perry show, the eponymous host led a panel of entertainers in a rundown of the “photos of the year,” which somehow included a Romney family picture that “a lot of people had emotions about,” according to MHP. The setup seemed to leave room for unlimited comic potential, but the panel immediately honed in on the race of Kieran Romney, adopted grandson of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is black. The baby, not Mitt.
“Everybody loves a baby picture,” Harris-Perry said, “and this was one that really, a lot of people had emotions about this baby picture this year. This is the Romney family. And, of course, there on Governor Romney’s knee is his adopted grandson, who is an African-American, adopted African-American child, Kieran Romney.”
As Harris-Perry made the introduction, panelist Pia Glenn sang “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” a tune whose original lyrics read “one of these things doesn’t belong.”
“And that little baby, front and center, would be the one,” she added.
“And isn’t he the most gorgeous?” Harris-Perry said. “My goal is that in 2040, the biggest thing of the year will be the wedding between Kieran Romney and North West. Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?”
Comedian Dean Obeidallah chimed in by reducing the baby to a token. “I think this picture is great,” he said. “It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.”
Twitter Responds to MSNBC Racist Segment about Mitt Romneys Grandson
— johnny dollar (@johnnydollar01) December 30, 2013
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) December 30, 2013
.@MHarrisPerry OBVIOUSLY the Romney family could NEVER love a black child because, well, you know…<whisper>he's black</whisper>
— Erick Brockway (@erickbrockway) December 30, 2013
@Politisite that is so racist!!! Way to go Harris-Perry!!!
— Dani SF Wife (@KoenigDani) December 30, 2013
MSNBC: the network that thinks "golf" is a racist code word, but mocking black children adopted by white families is awesome.
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) December 30, 2013