MTV Writer Causes Twitter Storm After Joking Senator Stole Granddaughter From Toys ‘R’ Us
MTV News culture reporter Ira Madison III sparked social media outrage after he mocked Senator Jeff Sessions’ Asian-American granddaughter, tweeting that Sessions stole her from Toys “R” Us.
As President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sessions appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Tuesday, and was accompanied by several family members, including his four Asian-American grandchildren.
The senator’s daughter, Ruth Sessions Walk, is married to John Walk, an Asian-American man, according to the Daily Caller
“Sessions, sir, kindly return this Asian baby to the Toys ‘R’ Us you stole her from,” Madison, host of the MTV’s “Speed Dial,” joked in a now-deleted tweet.
“Why is she a prop? Sessions argued for policy that in the 1880s was used to discriminate against Asian Americans,” he wrote in a different tweet.
“The opinions Ira expresses on Twitter are his own and do not reflect the views of MTV News,” an MTV spokesperson said, according to Mediaite.
Madison has since set his Twitter account to private, but not before fellow members of the media put him on blast:
— MEEchelle (O-mitted) (@MEEchelleO) January 10, 2017
Disgusting tweet. The little girl is his granddaughter. Delete your account and find some humanity. https://t.co/8OZUtY5FcA
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 10, 2017
.@ira "I'll show you how racist Jeff Sessions is by showing how racist I am!"
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 10, 2017
This is why you leave kids/grandkids out of political fights. No matter what side you're on it makes you look like an asshole. https://t.co/8N54I1hpDM
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) January 10, 2017
Never tweet https://t.co/EcwXUF6ccm
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) January 10, 2017
After taking down his tweet, Madison stuck to his guns by tweeting, “I often tell jokes, but seeing as bringing up Sessions’ history of racial hatred of Asians is seen as an attack on his grandchild, I deleted”.
In another tweet, he tried to clarify that the original tweet was intended to shed a light on Sessions’ documented “racial hatred of Asians.”
At a Senate judiciary hearing in 2013, Mee Moua, president of the Asian American Justice Center, brought up the Asian immigration policies in the 1880s, such as the Chinese Exclusion Acts.
According to Mic, Sessions responded by defending the notion of splitting up immigrant families to protect the best interests of the U.S.