MSNBC Host Apologizes for Memorial Day Comments

May 29, 2012  •  Post A Comment

An MSNBC host apologized Monday after saying during a Memorial Day-themed show that he felt "uncomfortable" using the word "hero" for soldiers killed in action, reports The Huffington Post.

Chris Hayes said he felt uncomfortable "about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war," the story says. He also called the use of the word "problematic."

His comments caused a backlash among some viewers, with one Twitter user addressing Hayes and saying he was "uncomfortable with calling you an American," the story says. Others supported Hayes.

On Monday, Hayes issued an apology. "On Sunday, in discussing the uses of the word ‘hero’ to describe those members of the armed forces who have given their lives, I don’t think I lived up to the standards of rigor, respect and empathy for those affected by the issues we discuss that I’ve set for myself. I am deeply sorry for that," his statement said.


  1. Just another of the many false apologizes by morons who stay stupid things and get chastised by their bosses. My personal definition of “Hero” is someone that risks their own lives to come to the aid of another. The “another” could be another person or a cause, i.e. the protection of an idea (Liberty), a building, an animal, or whatever. This includes Police, Fire, and Medical personnel. However, and I may be criticized for this, I don’t believe victims of terrorism, natural disasters, or war are “heroes.” They didn’t volunteer to be in that position, they just happened to be in the wrong place and time.

  2. Heroes are those who do good in the world…not some gun-toting soldier who invades a country and kills in the name of “freedom” when those killed are innocents who live in a nation that didn’t ask for these combatants to enter their domain. Real heroes save lives, not take them.

  3. First off, this guy didn’t say anything stupid. What’s stupid is that people say things they mean THAT MAKE SENSE and people get all bent out of shape because they’re looking for a reason to get pissed off at someone. There’s nothing wrong with what this guy said. The person who wrote “I have trouble calling you an American” needs to go back to school because this guy exercised the same rights to free speech they all seem to think THEY deserve but someone on TV doesn’t. It’s like when Bill Maher said the 9/11 bombers were a lot of things but he wouldn’t call them cowards. He lost his job over that and he was RIGHT but had to bow to knee jerks (heavy on the JERKS) who had to try make themselves feel better by finding every way possible to denigrate the terrorists. What they did was horrible but a coward would have turned the wheel at the last minute.
    If you say what you believe, stand by it and their employers should have the balls to back them up.

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