MSNBC host apologizes for Romney family slam

WASHINGTON – MSNBC isn’t laughing now.

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized Tuesday for mocking a family photo in which Mitt Romney cradled his recently adopted black grandson, Kieran.

Harris-Perry, who is black, offered up the apology on Twitter after a stinging backlash to snide jests that she and guests on her weekend MSNBC show hurled at the mixed-race family photo.

Harris-Perry and her guests were blasted for making racist and anti-adoption jokes.

“Hi MSNBC racists who mock adopted babies: Lean forward…into a pit of hellfire,” fumed conservative commentator Michelle Malkin on Twitter, referring to the network’s slogan.

“I am sorry. Without reservation or qualification. I apologize to the Romney family. #MHPapology,” Harris-Perry wrote in a Twitter post.

She continued: “As black child born into large white Mormon family I feel familiarity w/ Romney family pic & never meant to suggest otherwise.”

“I apologize to all families built on loving transracial adoptions who feel I degraded their lives or choices,” she wrote in the apology.

The laugh attack on Harris-Perry’s show included guest Pia Glenn singing, “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just isn’t the same.” Harris-Perry and the rest of the panel burst into laughter.

“My goal is that in 2040,” snorted Harris-Perry, “the biggest thing of the year will be the marriage between Kieran Romney and North West. Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?”

Comedian Dean Obeidallah punctuated the hilarity by saying the photo “really sums up the diversity of the Republican Party, the RNC. At the convention they find the one black person.”