MSNBC has apologized for a segment that aired on Monday for Cinco de Mayo that offended at least one Hispanic group. The incident took place on the network’s early morning show Way Too Early with host Thomas Roberts and producer Louis Burgdorf.
“It’s also an excuse to drink tequila on a Monday morning at work for Louis,” Roberts said after explaining the holiday’s history. “You have to drink the whole thing and eat the worm,” he later challenged Burgdorf.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists denounced MSNBC’s “capricious actions, lack of judgment, insensitivity and attack at the Mexican community.”
MSNBC has since apologized for its “ill-advised references” to the holiday, saying, “It was not our intention to be disrespectful.”