Kyle Coddington, a 20-year-old with brain cancer, is not staying silent after being mocked by talk show host Samantha Bee for his haircut.
Bee hosted a segment on this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. The video stated that while last year’s conference consisted of Ted Cruz supporters and bow ties, this year’s conference was dominated by Donald Trump and “Nazi hair”; a hairstyle that is long on the top and short on the sides.
The video stated, “This year, the bow ties were gone, replaced by Nazi hair, Nazi hair, Nazi hair.”
One of the men shown in the video was Coddington, who does not have this haircut because he’s a “Nazi,” but rather because he suffers from glioblastoma, a stage four brain cancer. He told Fox and Friends that his sister originally tweeted about the video, which received thousands of retweets.
— Megan Coddington (@meg_kelly16) March 9, 2017
Bee then apologized on Twitter for the original statement in addition to donating $1,000 to Coddington’s GoFundMe page, which has received over $100,000 from others in the 24 hours following his viral story. But Coddington said that this was a “half-apology.”
— Samantha Bee (@iamsambee) March 9, 2017
“It’s kind of a half-apology I would say. The effects of this go much further than just insulting me and an illness itself,” Coddington told Fox and Friends. “It’s just inconsiderate and unprofessional to lump together anyone with a certain hairstyle or just by the way they look.”
He said in an official statement:
“The effects of the comments made on Full Frontal go further than my battle with a serious illness. Everyone in that video was targeted unjustly and targeted without facts or proof of the accusations made. The fact is that I have been hesitant of supporting Donald Trump from Day 1, and was openly ‘NeverTrump’ through the entirety of the 2016 election cycle. Another fact is that I am a registered Democrat.
Samantha Bee tweeted an apology for ‘offending’ me, but I want to make it clear that 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.”
Watch Coddington’s interview with “Fox and Friends”: