A CNN anchor was doing spin control after coming under fire for comments made during the network’s LGBTQ town hall debate Thursday night. Chris Cuomo sent out a tweet later that night reassuring the LGBTQ community that he’s on their side and saying, “I am sorry because I am committed to helping us achieve equality.”
You can see Cuomo’s apology tweet below.
The apology came after Cuomo made what The New York Post calls “a tone-deaf joke” during the telecast.
“Cuomo was welcoming Sen. Kamala Harris onstage in Los Angeles when the 2020 Democratic candidate told him, ‘My pronouns are she, her, and hers,'” The Post reports. “’She, her and hers? Mine too,’ Cuomo replied with a smile, eliciting audible groans from the audience.”
Harris eventually ended what the report calls “an awkward silence” by saying succinctly, “All right.”
The incident quickly blew up on social media. Among the comments:
• “Dear @ChrisCuomo, people’s pronouns are not a punchline,” tweeted the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “In a year where LGBTQ Americans are finally being recognized on the national Presidential stage, making jokes about gender pronouns is beneath your dignity. Please do better in the future.”
• Josh Stickney, a spokesman for Equality California and Silver State Equality in Nevada, expressed “incredible disappointment,” tweeting: “When HALF of trans teens attempt suicide for bullying and harassment, this kind of mocking is unacceptable.”
Cuomo is no stranger to controversy. As we reported back in August, he became the focus of a media feeding frenzy after he lost his cool in a restaurant when a man apparently called him “Fredo.” The report, which you can see by clicking here, includes a link to Cuomo’s “Fredo” rant, posted by Mediaite.
Here’s Cuomo’s apology tweet following the LGBTQ town hall …
PLEASE READ: When Sen. Harris said her pronouns were she her and her's, I said mine too. I should not have. I apologize. I am an ally of the LGBTQ community, and I am sorry because I am committed to helping us achieve equality. Thank you for watching our townhall.
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) October 11, 2019