Chris Cuomo Mocks Personal Pronouns at Gay Rights Town Hall

Apologized after social media outrage

October 11, 2019

CNN moderator Chris Cuomo on Thursday night mocked the practice of sharing one's personal pronouns during an exchange with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) at a town hall on gay rights.

Cuomo's actions triggered outrage online, prompting him to swiftly apologize on Twitter.

Shortly after Harris walked on stage and shook hands with Cuomo, she took the opportunity to share her pronouns with the audience.

"My pronouns are she, her and hers," Harris said.

"She, her and hers? Mine too," Cuomo said.

Harris said, "Alright" in a surprised tone, and Cuomo then moved on to the first question of the town hall.

Cuomo's joke immediately received backlash from gay rights activists and journalists on Twitter, including GLAAD, an organization that promotes LGBTQ acceptance.

Following the event, Cuomo took to Twitter to apologize for his comment.

"PLEASE READ: When Sen. Harris said her pronouns were she her and her's, I said mine too. I should not have. I apologize,"  Cuomo tweeted. "I am an ally of the LGBTQ community, and I am sorry because I am committed to helping us achieve equality. Thank you for watching our townhall."