American based meteorologist Rhonda Lee works for Louisiana television station KTBS as a Weather reporter.
Recently, a viewer posted this online about her – “the black lady that does the news is a very nice lady.the only thing is she needs to wear a wig or grow some more hair. im not sure if she is a cancer patient. but still its not something myself that i think looks good on tv. what about letting someone a male have waist long hair do the news.what about that.” – Emmitt Vascocu
This provoked Rhonda and she took to Facebook to address the issue by saying this –
“Hello Emmitt—I am the “black lady” to which you are referring. My name is Rhonda Lee. Nice to meet you,” she wrote on October 6, in the comments. “I am sorry you don’t like my ethnic hair. And no I don’t have cancer.” She further went on by saying –
While Facebook users lauded Lee for her polite and measured response—including Vascocu himself, who replied with “you are very right to be proud of where you are from and I do respect that” and later publicly apologized to Lee—her employer thought she had gone too far & they decided to fire her stating that she had violated the company’s unofficial social media policy.
Now, her fans are furious. Nearly 1,000 people have signed a petition at causes.com asking that KTBS-TV rehire Lee, saying she was victimized twice, once by the viewer who wrote the insensitive remarks “and again by KTBS-TV.”
This isn’t the first time that Lee’s hairstyle has affected her job. “I’ve even had a news director once say that my hair was too aggressive for Sacramento, so I wasn’t even allowed to interview at that point,” she told CNN. “It’s been an interesting journey with my hair.”
Hair has always been a very intricate and important aspect of the appearance of Black women worldwide; In spite of her Olympic accomplishments, American gymnast Gabby Douglas faced criticism, much of it from other African-American women, about the fact that she hadn’t properly straightened her hair before competing.
Do you think these people are being a bit too trivial ?
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