Chris Hayes talked about the Memorial Day during his Sunday show on MSNBC. He sparked a lot of controversy due to his declarations, but the next day, the TV presenter apologized for having said that he feels ‘uncomfortable’ describing killed soldiers in terms of ‘heroes’, says Huffington Post.
Wars and fallen soldiers were the main subjects of discussion on Sunday as the Memorial Day was getting closer. Most of the journalists chose to honor the memory of the deceased, whereas Chris Hayes preferred to spend more time concentrating on the meaning of the word “heroes” and the implications it might have in war-related debates. Hayes confessed that he feels ‘uncomfortable’ to use the word ‘heroes’ in relation to fallen soldiers because it might offer a justification for the war.
Some linguists and TV personalities agreed with Chris Hayes, but the rest of the people thought the MSNBC journalist was wrong and they rushed to criticize him even though they misunderstood his message. One follower wrote on his Twitter account that he finds it ‘uncomfortable’ to call Hayes an American.
Linguist and columnist John McWhorter was among the celebrities who supported Chris’ declaration. He stated that he would not use “hero” either because it is a “manipulative” word even though used unintentionally as such. Liliana Segura also shared Hayes’ point of view by saying that “hero” is often used to depict war in a righteous way, but wars like the ones in Afghanistan and Iraq are never right.
Hayes released a statement on Monday to apologize for his previous declaration. He said he was deeply sorry if his discussion gave people the impression that he doesn’t pay enough respect to the soldiers who fight for the country; it was never his intention to do so. Moreover, the journalist defended himself against the argument according to which, he is not entitled to make any comments about the war and the fallen soldiers because he never fought in a war. Hayes responded that neither did the rest of the Americans; thus, implying that they are not entitled to give opinions about the war, either, be they positive or negative. In the end, the journalist returned to a more submissive tone adding that the show wanted to determine Americans to be supportive with soldiers and their families.