Negative comments on KTBS 3 News’ Facebook page led meteorologist, Rhonda Lee to respond. Though she spoke in a professional and positive manner, Lee lost her job shortly after.
On two separate occasions, Lee addressed negative comments on the Shreveport, Louisiana stations’ social media site. In the first instance in October, a viewer by the name of Emmitt Vascocu commented on “the black lady that does the news” suggesting she “wear a wig or grow some more hair” because he felt her natural hair did not look good on tv. To this, Lee responded by first identifying herself, then following up with an explanation of why she held pride in her hair and that young girls need to be comfortable in their skin and hair.
“Many Black women use strong straightening agents in order to achieve a more European grade of hair and that is their choice. However in my case I don’t find it necessary. I’m very proud of who I am and the standard of beauty I display,” Lee wrote. “Women come in all shapes, sizes, nationalities, and levels of beauty. Showing little girls that being comfortable in the skin and HAIR God gave me is my contribution to society.”
The station, it seems, does not moderate the comments on the page and barely interacts with its readers and viewers. In November, Kenny Moreland wrote on the page’s wall bringing light to a segment on the annual “Three Minute Smile” program. Moreland wrote “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.”
Again, Lee took the liberty of politely clearing up any misconceptions by explaining that the kids are selected at random. However professional her responses were, the station found her comments in violation of an undocumented policy as reasoning behind her losing her position.
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BMWK– Do you feel she had the right to respond to these comments? Was her firing justified?