Today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, reporter Courtney Hazlett commented on the recent fight between Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee. Talking about Lee, Hazlett used the racially-loaded term “uppity” to describe the African-American film director. From this morning’s segment:
HOST: What’s going on here?
HAZLETT: What’s going on here is, during the Cannes Film Festival — I don’t know if you remember this — but Spike Lee got really uppity about Clint Eastwood and about how there were no African-Americans involved in the filming of “Flags of our Fathers” or “Letters from Iwo Jima.”
Hazlett has put out a statement apologizing for her comment: “Today on MSNBC TV’s ‘Morning Joe’ I chose my words poorly in describing the relationship between Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee. I take my responsibilities as a journalist seriously and know that words can have a strong impact. I sincerely apologize to Spike Lee and to the viewers for my comments.”