Mika Brzezinski

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Brzezinski and Scarborough break out into laughter after the first news cutaway (showing the attendees, mostly in costume)
Brzezinski running down a side hallway after the second cutaway to the news footage

Mika Emilie Leonia Brzezinski (born May 2, 1967), is an American television host, author and journalist.

Brzezinski co-hosts MSNBC's weekday morning broadcast Morning Joe with former Republican representative Joe Scarborough.

Mika Brzezinski and furry[edit]

During a segment on Monday's "Morning Joe" show with hosts Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist, Brzezinski was reading a headline from the teleprompter about the Midwest FurFest 2014 chlorine gas attack.[1][2][3][4]

When she came across the unfamiliar term "furry" ("a person who dresses up in furry animal costumes to honor animals with human characteristics, according to ABC News), she slowed down awkwardly, and eventually paused to ask:

Mika Brzezinski
Did I get that wrong?
Mika Brzezinski

Co-host Joe Scarborough echoed the inquiry:

Mika Brzezinski
What's a furry?
Mika Brzezinski

Willie Geist had to take over the segment as Brzezinski and Scarborough broke out into laughter. The segment ended with Brzezinski hastily running down a side hallway for the door after the second cutaway to the news footage of the story (which was an onsite interview with Anthrocon chairman Dr. Samuel Conway).[5]

Fandom response[edit]

Response from furries,[6][7] friends[8][9] and mainstream[10][11] were critical of the Mika Brzezinski's behavior during the reporting of the attack on the convention.


  1. "We’ve been asked to evacuate the Hyatt..." post on the Midwest FurFest's Twitter. Dated December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  2. Furfest Evacuated After Chlorine Leak At Hyatt Hotel news segment from ABC 7 Eyewitness News Chicago. Aired December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  3. 19 hospitalized, thousands evacuated in 'intentional' gas leak at Rosemont hotel article on the Chicago Tribune website. Dated December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  4. Chemical leak at Hyatt Regency deemed intentional article from the Chicago Sun Times. Dated December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  5. Mika Brzezinski Learns About Furries, Proceeds To Run Off Set news post on The Huffington Post. Dated December 8, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  6. Mika Brzezinski's reaction during reporting the incident... post by Dead-Dog-Daz on Twitter. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  7. How you react to furries... post by Xydexx on Twitter. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  8. [Rant] How to Be an Unprofessional Journalist 101 - Thanks to MSNBC's Morning Joe article on the Kitsuneverse. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  9. I'm sure all my furry friends have seen this already post by Rowdy Mike on Twitter. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  10. Let’s Stop Making Jokes About Furries While Discussing That Recent Terrorist Attack on Furries article by Victoria McNally at The Mary Sue. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  11. Mika Brzezinski Funny ‘Furry’ Run Off Sparks Debate article by Garrett Montgomery at The Spreadit. Retrieved December 11, 2014.

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