MSNBC comedians take issue with the race of Mitt Romney's grandbaby

A segment on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show on December 29 has raised eyebrows among some concerning an adoptive grand-child of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The show hostess said that there were "lots of emotions" in 2013 about the photo. When Harris-Perry asked a panel on her show to comment on one of the “photos of the year,” saying “Any captions for this one?” 
 
In response, panelist  Pia Glenn sang “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” and then added, “And that little baby, front and center, would be the one.” The song to which she sang the ditty has original lyrics that read “one of these things doesn’t belong.” Glenn was apparently referring to Kieran Romney, an African-American boy adopted by Andelynne and Ben Romney.
 
 
In response, Harris-Perry said, “And isn’t he the most gorgeous?”adding,  “My goal is that in 2040, the biggest thing of the year will be the wedding between Kieran Romney and North West. Can you imagine Mitt Romney and Kanye West as in-laws?”
 
The baby, North, mentioned by Harris-Perry, is the child of celebrities Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
 
Another panelist, Dean Obeidallah – a comedian said of the baby Kieran, “I think this picture is great,” he said. “It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.”
 
Commenting at The Right Scoop, Caleb Howe opined about Obeidallah’s quip, “Ah the never tired accusation, borrowed from every single left wing blog and talking head during every gathering of two or more (or fewer) Republicans: He’s not a child adopted by loving parents prepared to provide him with a better life in keeping with the family’s values. Nope. He’s just a token. A punchline, not a person. But it’s funny, because Republicans are racist, see? So it’s all fine!”
 
UPDATE: Comedian Obeidallah has since appeared to apologize. On his Twitter account, he wrote: "I apologize to the baby for being used as a prop in a photo."


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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