CNN anchor Chris Cuomo apologized Thursday night after he joked about Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris’ preferred gender pronouns during the network’s televised LGBTQ town hall.
Mr. Cuomo assured the LGBTQ community that he is an “ally” after some took issue with him joking about sharing female pronouns with Ms. Harris.
During the town hall, Ms. Harris entered the stage and immediately specified that her preferred gender pronouns are “she, her and hers.”
“She, her and hers?” Mr. Cuomo asked. “Mine too.”
“All right,” Ms. Harris responded.
Mr. Cuomo later tweeted that he was “sorry” for the faux pas.
“PLEASE READ: When Sen. Harris said her pronouns were she her and her’s, I said mine too,” he wrote. “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.”
LGBTQ advocacy groups GLAAD and National Center for Lesbian Rights condemned the joke.
Dear @ChrisCuomo, people’s pronouns are not a punchline. 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. #EqualityTownHall— National Center for Lesbian Rights (@NCLRights) October 11, 2019
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