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Meteorologist Rhonda Lee Fired For Responding to Racist Facebook Comments

KTBS-TV meteorologist Rhonda Lee lost her job after engaging a racist viewer on Facebook. It all started when the viewer commented that all of kids who won an annual toy giveaway “are people of color,” and accused the station of “racism.”

Lee says she responded to the viewer and her response cost her her job, even though she didn’t v*****e any written policy of the station. When she inquired about the policy, she was told it was passed down at a staff meeting which she did not attend.

It all began on November 14, when a KTBS viewer named Kenny Moreland, whose Facebook profile picture is of  Buckwheat character, along with the caption,  “Buckwheat Say: O-Tay,” posted a comment on the station’s Facebook page, about KTBS’ annual “Three Minute Smile” contest, which gives winners a 3-minute shopping spree at a  WalMart store:

Not to start any trouble, because I think that the annual “Three Minute Smile” is a great function and I love to see kids so happy. Am I the only one that has noticed that this year, all the kids, lets say, are people of color? This is Channel 3, not KSLA, the “Project Pride” network, that might as well be part of the BET channel. Did KTBS slip up on a news story, and owe S’port’s criminal mayor Cedric, a favor? Seems like some racism going on to me. Just saying…..

Moreland was obvioulsy trying to start trouble because he’d left a similar comment earlier in the day:

Has anybody else noticed that this years “3 minute smile” contestants are all of the same race? I thought this was Channel 3, and not KSLA the “Project Pride” network. Looks like racism to me. Not to put it down… I think it’s great for the little kids to get such a chance, but come on….. Are Ya’ll on Cedric Glover’s secret payroll now?

Ms. Lee responded to the comment:

 I’m not sure I understand your comment. “…this is Channel 3 not KSLA…” What are you trying to say?

The children are picked at random. So there goes your theory that they are selected for their color. I would like to think that it doesn’t matter who the child is. If you truly just want to see the kids happy your message had a funny way of showing it.

Happy holidays. –Met. Rhonda Lee

Lee had also responded to a Facebook comment from a reader who was critical of her hair (and remarkably, that comment got a “like” from KTBS-TV).

And although Ms. Lee’s comments were innocuous, the station fired her and left the comments of the racist Mr. Moreland up on the station’s Facebook page. Funny enough, it was Ms. Lee who alerted the station to the racist comments on the station’s Facebook page, thinking that they’d just delete them. Instead, they fired Ms. Lee, thus taking sides with the racist.

34 Responses to Meteorologist Rhonda Lee Fired For Responding to Racist Facebook Comments

  1. Mandingo Reply

    December 15, 2012 at 8:43 am

    A purported station release said Lee violated the rule a lot of times despite being warned a lot of times.I want the station to tell us what Lee should have done re responding to this racist and I want that answer now because Lee has the right to defend herself.

  2. Mandingo Reply

    December 15, 2012 at 8:43 am

    A purported station release said Lee violated the rule a lot of times despite being warned a lot of times.I want the station to tell us what Lee should have done re responding to this racist and I want that answer now because Lee has the right to defend herself.

  3. Mandingo Reply

    December 15, 2012 at 8:43 am

    A purported station release said Lee violated the rule a lot of times despite being warned a lot of times.I want the station to tell us what Lee should have done re responding to this racist and I want that answer now because Lee has the right to defend herself.

  4. freeze Reply

    December 15, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Now is the time to get paid take advanage of it.

  5. freeze Reply

    December 15, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Now is the time to get paid take advanage of it.

  6. AMAZINGGRACE Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    She needs to contact human resources for this one, for there appears to be no grounds for dismissal…..

  7. PB Short Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    This is what happens when you love your job (company) and not your paycheck…

    This is what happens when you believe in the perverted catholic…

    The goal is to get a job, know that you will be fired, and save your money…instead, we try act like the perverted catholic…

    She should have done nothing because it is not her company or her job to adminster the companies FaceBook.com page…let the company read the post and decide to take action…

    My company has a FB page, I do not care about it, will not post to it…and definitely will not join it…they have the right to do as they please, just like I do…

    This is the actions of your “typical white male, perverted catholic”…and black folks are too busy tryng to be just like him…

    The proof is in all of this GAY/LESBO shyt…and other things taking place in this country…

    Whatever happen to the 1950′s bouycott? when black folks worked together and could not be separated/divided and conquered?

    Pretty soon, you will be hearing about meth all up in black neighborhoods because these people want to be like the perverted catholic…

    Black folks will go to their grave defending the perverted catholic “ZEUS/JEUS/JESUS”…

  8. james Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I hate to say it , but she should have known better to engage someone . Unfortunately her responses should have been vetted through her public affairs office unless she has some authority to respond . Remember she is representing the station . I suspect they wanted to get rid of her anyway and this was a window of opportunity to achieve that end

  9. Ann G. Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Her response was absolutely nothing to get fired over. The only thing these folks understand is their bank book, I suggest you hit them where their understanding is…their bank book!

  10. Kim Porter Reply

    December 13, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Why respond to an idiot?

  11. John Reimann Reply

    December 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    This is ridiculous. What “repeated violations”? And why shouldn’t she respond to the accusation? This is also a matter of worker rights. Even newscasters need a union.

    • BigWill Reply

      December 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      If she could do it over again she would probably NOT respond at all to the racist p***k or she would not identify herself as a station employee.

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