A man with brain cancer who was unwittingly mocked by Samantha Bee for having “Nazi hair” said this morning that the comedian issued a “half-apology.”
Bee, the host of “Full Frontal” on TBS, apologized Thursday for a segment in which Kyle Coddington, 20, and others at CPAC were mocked for having “Nazi hair.”
“This year, the bow ties were gone, replaced by Nazi hair, Nazi hair, Nazi hair,” the video states.
Embarrassingly for Bee, it turned out that Coddington has a partially-shaved head because he is battling an aggressive type of brain cancer known as stage 4 glioblastoma.
Coddington, a registered Democrat who was covering the event for Outset magazine, said this morning a friend noticed him in the segment. That prompted his sister to tweet the screen-shot and an explanation, sparking national outrage.
When @iamsambee makes fun of your brother for having “Nazi hair.” He actually has stage 4 brain cancer, but whatever floats your boat. pic.twitter.com/ULJC8nA3IX
— Megan Coddington (@meg_kelly16) March 9, 2017
Bee apologized on Twitter and made a $1,000 donation to a GoFundMe page to help with Coddington’s treatment expenses.
@meg_kelly16 We deeply apologize for offending you and @_that_kyle. We only learned of his condition today & have removed him from the piece
— Samantha Bee (@iamsambee) March 9, 2017
“Fox & Friends” viewers also pitched in this morning, helping Coddington’s GoFundMe reach more than $67,000 and counting.
But Coddington said he was left unimpressed by Bee’s Twitter apology.
“It’s kind of a half-apology I would say. The effects of this go much further than just me and an illness itself. It’s just inconsiderate and unprofessional to lump together people with a certain hairstyle for the way they look,” said Coddington.
He said he’s relying on his faith and trying to stay positive as he awaits a second round of chemotherapy later this month.
“I pray every day that God gives me peace about my diagnosis and He does, so I don’t worry about it. … Stay positive, fight, never give up. That’s the worst thing you can do, ” he said.
Watch the interview above.
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