October 6th, 2009
10:05 AM ET
11 years ago

Sheila Johnson apologizes to Deeds

Black Entertainment Television (BET) co-founder Sheila Johnson has apologized for pretending to stutter at a campaign event where she mimicked Virginia's Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds.

As if negative TV campaign ads weren't enough, video showing Johnson mock Democrat Creigh Deeds is now swirling around on the internet.

Full story on WAVY.com


Filed under: Creigh Deeds
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Wake Up

    Can libs ever talk about issues? It's always be offended, or calling oppenents names. The public just eats it up. Any American's goal should be to stop bigger govt...and stop higher taxes, stop more debt and stop losing freedoms.

    October 6, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Maria - Proud Democrat

    She was wrong to make fun of people that stutter.

    However, was she right about Deeds inability to communicate effectively?

    October 6, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    OOPS maybe she should concentrate on doing her job and not that of anyone else . it can come back and bite you right in the ass. way to much throut cutting going on and not enough intellegant conversations and facts in the arena.. and going after a handicap is pretty low .. other than sarah palin who creats her own handicap ( her mouth)

    October 6, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Tanya Kujath

    This woman's behavior is unprofessional and extremely disgusting!

    October 6, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Michael

    As a 54 year old person who struggles with stuttering, I am offended. She just slapped all of us coping with this condition. Apparently we should stay home and not participate in the world because we have this problem.

    Just because it takes us a bit longer to express ourselves does not mean that we can't!!!

    October 6, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Sian Rose

    If such behavior does not display ingorance I don't know what does.

    October 6, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Ricky Atlanta

    When we joked Bush and Palin it was a matter of intellect and intelligence of the person... there is a difference and it has become the all to common theme in politics the

    October 6, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Silence DoGood

    At least she apologised. It takes a big person to admit they were wrong and a biggerone to apologise.

    October 6, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. John E Lexington KY

    How thoughtful of her. I don't understand how Virginians – where my mother was born – can consider voting for people like her candidate. You'd think they would be laughed out of politics. Imagine the policies of such an administration. Virginians have voted for some reprehensible people in the past, more often Republicans, hopefully they will decide on merits rather than a 'time for a change, any change' attitude which seems to be the only rationale for voting against Deeds.

    October 6, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Daniel

    Too little too late. It's a shame personal attacks seem common place now.

    October 6, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    What a classless person. I don't care who she is....shame on her.

    October 6, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. GI Joe

    Can't unring that bell ---------

    October 6, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Angus McDugan

    Why the apology? Why is veryone aploogizing? People do things based on their beliefs. Just face the people and say this is what I am all about and do with me as you whis. What does an apology do anyway besides benefiting the person aploogizing? An apology is not an eraser of the past.

    October 6, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. gt

    DEEDS started this type of campain,, thats what he gets...

    October 6, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm glad that she apologized,however, there are innate boundaries that people with class just don't cross, no matter how much they might be goaded into it. You know what I mean? When you commit this kind of a faux pas you're saying something about yourself that no amount of apologizing will ever set to rights.

    October 6, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. Jane/Seattle

    Any of us who wounds others can trust our Universe to teach us about this hurt we inflict upon one another. Too come to realize that as we hurt another we also hurt our collective soul. Making amends means we are willing to change our views in order to change our ways. For some this may come as a recent learning experience to learn that words do hold immense power in creating the world in which we live. For these reasons this type of smaller act reverberates with all the other acts of life to become our collective earth ACTION. This becomes the Total RESULT we see before us. This is why WAR IS So Heinous-it continues to WOUND our SOUL. Excuse me, I forgot we are talking about Politics here-A lowdown Dirty business. Peace

    October 6, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Paul from Phoenix

    Now that she has apologized, will the Dems apologize for their remarks about Bush's speech problems?

    If Deeds had a "R" next to his name, the dems would be all over him saying he was stupid. Hypocrisy at its finest.

    October 6, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. felicia

    I guess she ole him an apology, but i would have thought about it.

    October 6, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Minnesotan

    Yet another childish response from the conservatives. No wonder they're making themselves irrelevant.

    October 6, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Charles Castilano

    We have been seeing, sadly, the rise of incivility throughout America. Isn't it enough to just state facts rather than to try to ridicule personal attributes of persons we don't like? I was brought up to "not say anytthing about a person unless you can say something nice". Now, what is wrong with that teaching? Are parents not teaching their children to be nice anymore? Are parents teaching their children anything?

    October 6, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Deirdra, Detroit

    If this is true it was incredibly stupid of her. As an African American you would think she would have more sensitivity regarding something that someone can't control. Does she think Deeds wants to stutter? She needs to apologize to Deeds and his family. I'm sure they feel bad about what she did as well.

    I hate mocking of any kind. It is mean spirit and says more about the person who is doing the mocking than the victim.

    October 6, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. D. Tree

    The more Republicans like McDonnell push their failed ideas, the less the public likes them – the only thing left is personal attacks, like this one against Deeds.

    October 6, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    This is what happens when you get too rich and want more money... you turn republican! BET co-founder should support a democrats unless she only cares about money!

    October 6, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. The Party of NO stood calmly by for 8 year while the shrub raped and pillaged America, so, why would we listen to you now?

    As well she should, mocking anyone that has an impairment should not be acceptable.

    Especially, among supposed adults.

    October 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Navy Vet

    Yeah, yeah, we know, it was a mis-speak, right. Seriously, if she hadn't been caught on tape and shown online & television, do you believe she would have apologized?

    October 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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