Joy Reid's media career has been continually speckled with comments that are clearly homophobic and Islamophobic, and she has often outwardly accepted this. In her online blog Reid has made several posts opposing same-sex marriage, calling gay sex gross, loosely accusing gay men of being pedophiles, and even admitted her homophobia is the reason for this, saying “does that make me homophobic? Probably” . She caused controversy in 2020 by likening Muslims to violent extremists, comments that were heavily condemned by several prominent American Muslims who condemned Reid’s comments as Islamophobic. Reid has attacked Islam on numerous occasions on her blog “The Reid Report”, arguing Islam is incompatible with "Western" notions of free speech and expression, and has described the majority of Muslims as being desperately poor, heavily armed, living in "garbage and sewage laden streets outside of their mud huts" . She has described Muslims as a threat to everyone and often deflected, distracted or doubled down instead of apologising for her troubling comments.