MSNBC announced live on-air that it does not condone comments made yesterday by a guest that “nothing says ‘let’s kill some Muslims’ like country music”.
Jamilah Lemieux, senior editor of magazine ebony.com, made the remarks in response to Republican Senator Ted Cruz who said that he switched to listening to country music from rock after the 9/11 attacks.
He said on CBS This Morning on Wednesday: “After 9/11, I didn’t like how rock music responded. And country music, collectively, the way they responded, it resonated with me.”
“At just a gut level, I had an emotional reaction that says these are my people. Ever since 2001, I’ve listened to country music,” he added.
The day after, amid laughs and shocked looks from fellow guests, Ms Lemieux chimes in following her initial comment to say that the presidential hopeful appears to want to create division with what he said live on television.
She said on the channel’s Now with Alex Wagner show: “Fresh from Lynchburg, Virginia, so he obviously doesn’t want to be a polarizing candidate, he wants to bring people together. That’s absurd.”
After pursing his lips together in concern, stand-in host Ari Melber then turns to her to say that not all country music carries “that message”.
Around 20 minutes later after a commercial break, Melber addresses the camera to tell viewers: “We have a programming note. A few minutes ago on this show, a guest made a comment about country music.
“That comment was not appropriate, and we want to be clear that this network does not condone it.”