UPDATE: An apology has been released from the show’s Twitter account:
We deeply apologize for offending [Kyle] in our CPAC segment. We only learned of his condition today & have removed him from the piece.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee released a video clip Thursday morning in which the show’s producer and correspondent, Michael Rubens, went to CPAC to “figure out if conservatism is still a thing.” In the process, they falsely called some attendees Nazis, including one of our own Contributors.
The video clip has since been taken down, but OUTSET was able to obtain a copy of it.
The video was an attempt to show the tone of this year’s CPAC as compared to previous years. During a part of the segment, the narrator said, “This year, the bow ties were gone and replaced by Nazi hair.”
One of the attendees they identify as having “Nazi hair” is Kyle Coddington, an OUTSET Contributor who was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer and recently completed his first round of chemotherapy and radiation.
Shortly after the clip was released, a number of people on social media called out the offensive video.
— Megan Coddington (@meg_kelly16) 9 March 2017
— Brittany Chapa (@BrittanyJChapa) 9 March 2017
On a personal note, as someone who has the pleasure of working with Kyle here at OUTSET, I urge Samantha Bee to release an apology for this sick attempt at a joke. Perhaps labeling someone because of their appearance is not the best approach.