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.