Media outlets are “fired up” over the firing of meteorologist Rhonda Lee by a Louisiana tv station after she defended herself on it’s Facebook page after being attacked for her hairstyle by a viewer.
Lee was fired from her position at KTBS 3 News, an ABC affiliate in Shreveport, La., after responding to racially charged remarks about her short natural hairstyle. The exchange between Lee and a KTBS viewer happened back in October on KTBS 3 News’ Facebook page, where a viewer, Emmitt Vascocu, posted a comment that referred to Lee as the “black lady that does the news” and suggested that she should “wear a wig or grown some more hair.” Lee responded to Vascocu’s comment at length on the Facebook thread, saying, “I’m sorry you don’t like my ethnic hair. And no I don’t have cancer,” Lee wrote. “I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair. For your edification: traditionally our hair doesn’t grow downward. It grows upward.”
Most will remember a similar story when a female tv meteorologist was hailed a hero for defending herself on tv after being attacked over her weight. Should Lee have been fired and do you think the station owes her an apology?