Kyle Coddington, one of the men mocked for having “Nazi hair” in a segment about Conservative Political Action Conference attendees aired by Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, isn’t satisfied with the show’s apology — or half-apology, as he called it.
On Thursday, the TBS news satire issued a statement saying that they’d only learned that day that his haircut was due to chemotherapy and radiation treatment for stage 4 brain cancer. Consequently, they apologized and removed him from the segment. (You can watch the offending portion on Outsetmagazine.com, the media organization for which Coddington is a contributor.)
It is unclear whether the apology came directly from Bee or another Full Frontal staffer since it was made on the show’s Twitter account rather than her own.
Codington followed up with a statement of his own later that night. “The effects of the comments made on Full Frontal go further than my battle with a serious illness,” he wrote. “Everyone in that video was targeted unjustly and profiled without facts or proof of the accusations made.”
Moreover, Coddington, who says he is a registered Democrat, noted, “I have been hesitant of supporting Donald Trump from Day 1 and was only ‘Never Trump’ through the entirety of the 2016 election cycle.”
He called out Bee for the language of the apology, saying “half-apologizing for offending someone is not apologizing for making baseless accusations against people because of the way they look. This kind of behavior should be rejected by both sides of the aisle.”
Still, Coddington did thank the show for donating $1,000 to his GoFundMe page to help defray his medical expenses. “I am overwhelmed by the support,” he said, “and am grateful to everyone who has contributed.”
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