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#WeGotJoy: Black Women Mobilize In Defense of Joy Reid Who They Believe Is ‘Under Attack’ 

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Critics have called for MSNBC host Joy Reid to fired after incendiary and homophobic posts were found on her blog. (Photo by Getty/Dave Kotinsky)

It’s been a rough few months for MSNBC journalist Joy-Ann Reid, who found herself in the midst of controversy over a series of incendiary and homophobic posts shared on her now-defunct blog. Black women are now showing their support for the embattled “AM Joy” host with social media hashtag #WeGotJoy.

The online campaign comes just days after more inflammatory posts were unearthed from Reid’s old blog, including one depicting Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) as Virginia Tech mass shooter Seung-Hui Cho. In April, she accused hackers of authoring posts on the decade-old blog that contained offensive, anti-gay language, which sparked widespread outrage.

An FBI investigation was launched into the hacking claims but Reid ultimately apologized to fans, saying it was unlikely her blog had been compromised.

“…There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed,” she said in a statement Friday addressing the latest posts. “Today, I’m sincerely apologizing again.”

MSNBC has stuck by Reid throughout the controversy, despite pressure from critics who want to see her show canceled. In a statement, the network said the host’s old blog posts weren’t “reflective of the colleague and friend we have known at MSNBC for the past seven years.”

Black women have also rushed to Reid’s rescue, taking to social media to protect the on-air host, who’s currently the only African-American woman with an MSNBC show, as critics try their darnedest to have her kicked off the air. The debate has prompted colleagues, fans and fellow journalists alike to rally in support of Reid and her contributions to media.


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