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Black Weather Lady Fired Over Hair

Burn herSo you see a headline like “Fired From TV For Explaining Black Hair,” and the first thing you do (after clicking it, of course) is wonder, so someone must have been all DEAD HONKEY! right? Right? Sure, if you have the babelfish in your ear that translates really, really, really, ridiculously nice and patient and non-hostile-to-the-point-of-saintliness educational statements into thuggish Obama-style “jive.”

Hello, pretty meteorologist lady Rhonda Lee. What you doin’?

On Oct. 1, a viewer identified as Emmitt Vascocu wrote, “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 (cq).”

Lee replied the same day, “Hello Emmitt–I am the ‘black lady’ to which you are referring. I’m sorry you don’t like my ethnic hair. And no I don’t have cancer. I’m a non-smoking, 5’3, 121 lbs, 25 mile a week running, 37.5 year old woman, and I’m in perfectly healthy physical condition.

“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. 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. 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. Little girls (and boys for that matter) need to see that what you look like isn’t a reason to not achieve their goals.

“Conforming to one standard isn’t what being American is about and I hope you can embrace that.

“Thank you for your comment and have a great weekend and thank for watching.”

OH GOOD NOW WE ALL GET TO TALK ABOUT BLACK HAIR! We at Wonkette love talking about black hair, and how we think black ladies should wear their hair, but since only Jesse is black, we never actually talk about it out loud, because for some reason black ladies are not stopping us on the street and begging us to tell them what they should be doing with their hair. Which is on their heads. And for some reason they feel like they own it.

It is official Wonkette policy that the most beautiful way to wear black hair is in a magnificent Black Power Angela Davis Afro. The second most beautiful way to wear black hair is in a short crewcut, like Rhonda Lee’s very fetching do. (This is most awesome with giant hoop earrings.) The third most beautiful way to wear black hair is bleached blonde, because punk and hell yeah. And black ladies wearing their hair straightened makes us kind of sad, because we do not want them to have to conform to European beauty ideals, and it seems like they have to work really really hard at it. But then, it is their hair, and we do not make a habit of going up to them and offering our hair advice, especially since our own hair is kind of ratty and it sucks.

Also, we forgot: dreads and braids are fabulous ways to wear black hair too!

Oh right, so what happened to Rhonda Lee after she so calmly and nicely educated this probably well-intentioned but idiot person?

Vascocu replied that Lee was right to be proud of who she is and that he is not a racist, but “. . . this world has . . . certain standerd (cq). if youve come from a world of being poor are you going to dress in rags?. . .”

Aw man. Then another person posted on the station’s Myface something else that was way more stupid and racist, and without the presumable good intentions, and Lee responded to that too, and now she is fired.

That’ll teach you, Rhonda Lee.

[TheRoot]

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  • http://www.wonkette.com ChillBill

    Well, hello, there. How's the weather in heaven?

    • BadKitty904

      Dang, truly. That lady is a doll-baby!

      (As a ghey, I'm allowed to say that, right?)

      • http://academia.edu/2156577/Critical_Bioregionalist_Method_in_Dune_A_Position_Paper 4TheTurnstiles

        Yes you're fine. Straight guys under the age of 92 don't use that one.

        • BadKitty904

          Well, I was trying to be complimentary, yet innocuous…

          • http://academia.edu/2156577/Critical_Bioregionalist_Method_in_Dune_A_Position_Paper 4TheTurnstiles

            And straight women LOVE that. We don't bring it, and this is why straight guys can't have nice things (if you're wondering why we're always complaining we never get laid, it's because we don't, because we're assholes.)

      • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

        You have to preface it with a comment about her fabulous wardrobe, but yes, it's fine

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Seriously, man, that is an angel.

  • BadKitty904

    How DARE she?!

  • Barbara_

    Unbeweavable

    • kittensdontlie

      Will this slippery slope which is black hair, not lead us to other commenting out loud on other hair further down the slope?! This is my fear.

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    Who told you people about The Root?!

    • http://www.wonkette.com ChillBill

      The Roots? (What do you mean "you people"?)

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      The Grio.

    • BadKitty904

      Down Here, that's something lil' ol' ladies put on folks they don't like. As in, "I think Miz Rosamaude put a root* on him."

      *pronounced "rut"

    • Beowoof

      Wonkette

    • http://whatisawatthedevolution.blogspot.com imissopus

      Whaddaya mean, "you people?"

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Needs more jheri curl.

    • Barbara_

      #Winning. Wait, that's Charlie Sheen.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Sorry, I changed up on you. For you latecomers, Barb is not losing her mind; "jheri curl" was initially "Afro Sheen."

        • Barbara_

          Dude, LOL! You changed that quickly. I still love you.

  • mavenmaven

    "move to the back of the bus, weather lady."

  • freakishlywrong

    SOMEbody needs to get snatched baldheaded.

    • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

      get snatched baldheaded.

      = my favorite "threat" our mom used to heckle us with.
      Until I met Mumblet-ex, that is, whose best childhood friend's mother's "I'm gonna beat you til the blood runs down your leg!"** took the cake.

      ** she said it in jest… In both cases it was about "getting their point across…"

  • Fukui-sanYesOta

    “. . . this world has . . . certain standerd (cq). if youve come from a world of being poor are you going to dress in rags?. . .”

    This is either one of the most insulting things ever or simply just a word salad. It does seem insulting.

    edit:

    Holy shit, she really did get fired! I thought that was a joke.

    • MegPasadena

      Black hair= wearing rags
      Being gay= murder
      These bigots seem to have trouble distinguishing what one is born with and what one chooses to do.
      But fortunately this guy is not a supreme court justice.

  • CrunchyKnee

    Shit, Afro-puffs or go home!

  • Blueb4sinrise

    Carpet, drapes etc.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnny-Appletruth/133951326629923?sk=wall deanbooth

      Was it the National Lampoon that had a foldout of a black woman with a giant Afro in her pubical regions?

      • Blueb4sinrise

        Sure coulda been. Or maybe R. Crumb.
        A quick google didn't turn-up anything.

  • TaggWatchesYou

    "I'm not racist at all, but this world has standards and OH MY GOD YOU ARE SO BLACK BLACK BLACKITY BLACK"

    • Fukui-sanYesOta

      I come from England. Perhaps I should get some comedy teeth and boiled beef?

      • BadKitty904

        I'd go with some comic fish'n'chips.

        • eggsacklywright

          Better than comic sans.

        • James Michael Curley

          Afterward a brief Fish-Slapping Dance.

      • HistoriCat

        We would also accept any activity which coincides with Yakkity Sax playing in the background.

      • finallyhappy

        Spotted Dick(we must always say that when England is mentioned)

        • BadKitty904

          Good catch. Thank you.

          • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

            And haggis for Scotland!

        • BigSkullF*ckingDog

          yes! beat me to it. and comedy gold.

        • eggsacklywright

          And let's not forget Bubble and Squeak. Bubble was the best part of Ab Fab.

        • Vecchiojohn

          What, no Drowned Baby or Soused Hogface?

          • Swampgas_Man

            Had Toad In The Hole for the first time last week, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

          • Spider-Jerk

            Please tell me I'm not the only one whose first thought was that "Toad in the Hole" sounded like some kind of obscure sexual act.

  • Lucidamente1

    The forecast calls for a heavy downfall of stupid, followed by clearing out of the blah.

    • eggsacklywright

      It was a dork and stormy nacht.

  • Come here a minute

    Dear KTBS,

    Please also fire that fucking Jew news anchor.

    Sincerely,
    Your viewer

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Also, that fag sports dude, the one who hates football.

      • glasspusher

        …and yet that state's Indian governor gets a pass? Hmm.

        • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

          Them Injuns wuz heer foist.

        • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

          He is on notice for those uppity remarks after the election. Honorary White status can be yanked in a hot minute under the Napoleonic Code.

          • sewollef

            Phew, I'm glad you seem to be blaming the French and not the Brits. Even though half my family is French and lives south of the maison-diqueson line.

            I just want to point out the rest of us Europeans have nothing to do with this kerfuffle. Nothing at all. We banned slavery [and hair straighteners] throughout the British Empire in 1832.

          • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

            It's Lousiana, so they have the French legal system, still.

    • Advn2rgirl

      Oh, right: like they have one.

  • http://academia.edu/2156577/Critical_Bioregionalist_Method_in_Dune_A_Position_Paper 4TheTurnstiles

    Rhonda Lee, you can read me the weather any day you like!

    also, fuck you KTBS

  • Not_So_Much

    Louisiana? She probably got off easy.

    She can come up here to my derrp state and whisper to me about the weather any time.

  • http://www.wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

    This is why I avoid linking my work life to my Myface (Taco Corp TM pending) because it never works out well. Also, every time I call their legal department, he tells me to "Suck It" or asks if I were him would I trade RG3.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Complaining guy would probably rather see her with one of those Kid'n'Play high and tights so she looks like a golf tee.

    • Tundra Grifter

      The "Alan West?"

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      I don't want to encourage cyberstalking, but a quick search reveals there is only one "Emmitt Vascocu" in the entire United States and of course, he has a profile on Facebook.

      And wouldn't you know it, there's a mushot of the guy

      • PubOption

        I hear banjo music!

      • http://dismalpseudoscientist.wordpress.com Rebootably_Joe

        Why does exactly nothing about that photograph surprise me, in the slightest?

        Seriously, that was so close to my mental image that I'm starting to think I might be clairvoyant, when it comes to racists.

        • CommieLibunatic

          To give him credit, he's thinner than I imagined.

          • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

            Meth kills your appetite

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    Think Emmitt would look good in a Dennis Rodman doo.

  • BadKitty904

    Also, not overly bright, too.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      And ironic, since it's clear he comes from a world of being illiterate, yet can't live up to our standerd.

    • Secluded Compound

      Grammar is a set of standerd we all live buy.

  • Ruhe

    Fired? They fired her? Mission accomplished, dickheads.

  • Wilcoxyz

    I'd have gone with "Hair today, gone tomorrow"

  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    In fairness, it used to get all kinky when it was humid.

    I guess it was humid alot.

  • BadKitty904

    "but this world has standards"

    Oh, really. Could you forward me a copy, please?

    • thatsitfortheother1

      It's only natural…

    • Beowoof

      For these guys those can be found by checking into most hotels and checking the night stand.

  • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

    Wait….Jesse's a nig-*BONNNGGGGGG*?

  • CrunchyKnee

    "what about letting someone a male have waist long hair do the news.what about that (cq).”

    You know who else had "waist long hair do?"

    • BadKitty904

      "OK, Cleetus. What *about* that?"

    • kyeshinka

      I think it was… Jeee-zuuuz.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Me, when I had hair?

    • thatsitfortheother1

      Me, 35 years ago.

    • chicken_thief

      I'd say "Clay Matthews?" but then he'd tackle me and I'd be a pretzel for the rest of my life.

    • Beowoof

      Angela Davis, when measured, not in free standing natural form.

      • sewollef

        I'da jumped 1968 Angela Davis's bones any day of the week. And weekends too. Her afro was a huge turn-on.

        Oh sorry, I was thinking of something else unconnected to this story.

        Carry on.

    • Lizzietish81

      Charles Manson?

    • not that Dewey

      Norm Coleman?

    • WIDTAP

      Crystal Gayle? Oh sorry, waist length was a little short for Crystal.

    • WhatTheHeck

      Yul Brynner?

    • calliecallie

      Michael Bolton?

    • HarryButtle

      Treat Williams?

    • Spider-Jerk

      The newsman of my dreams?

  • noodlesalad

    To be fair to the viewer, he just got a color television. He's in for a real shock the next time President Obama appears on TV.

    Cajun crackers are the worst, btw.

  • freakishlywrong

    Why'd they fire her though? What?

    • #tcot

      For being uppity a socialist, same reason they all want to fire Obama.

  • Goonemeritus

    Although I am personally uncomfortable with the hair and body God gave me, I have done almost nothing to change it. Yet my boss allows me the privilege of making my subordinates cry 60 to 80 hours a week

  • Nibbler of Niblonia

    let's start a campaign on facebook to find this lady a new job at a news station that doesn't treat people like shit

    • Vecchiojohn

      Right after we find her the meanest lawyer in the country.

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    Well, at least she didn't reveal the secret of how a young brother can grow some nice waves that are on point. http://voices.yahoo.com/black-men-grow-waves-hair
    I know y'all won't tell nobody.

    • Botlrokit

      I think every white person should read that article.

      • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

        Some of them white hipster boys with the bed hair could benefit from his advice:

        "Let's be real. You will achieve a higher level of respect with the proper grooming. Onlookers will see you as a man that is in demand, and in control. Success breeds success, and your confidence to approach the ladies and close business deals should improve with the extra attention that your waves command."

        • Botlrokit

          You mean they're being encouraged to be stand-up citizens, and not rap artists or thugericans? The very idea…

        • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

          Hey! Leave SOME of the white women for the rest of us!

    • Negropolis

      My hair is naturally wavy (on the top with very shallow "c" shapped hairs on the side), but man can I make them deep if I train my hair.

  • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ Chow Yun Flat

    I'm not racist at all = I'm a racist.

    this world has standards = you make me uncomfortable; I'm a racist.

    its not something myself that i think looks good on tv. = I hate you; I'm a racist.

    • fatbob54

      Thank you for posting this. I'm surprised he didn't say "some of my best friends are black" or " I got nothing against the blacks, it's the Ni**gers I can't stand…"

  • Tundra Grifter

    Wasn't it in Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America" where the Blah couple had the family Jerry Curl business and every time they stood up there was a huge oil slick on the back of the chair?

    Maybe this smokin' hot weather lady (whom I would HLTFOAAG) should have referred the jerk to Chris Rock's documentary on Black hair?

    Something tells me there is a lawsuit and a fat settlement in the works. Responding to racist insults shouldn't be against company policy – it should BE company policy.

    • finallyhappy

      no, the family had a fake McDonald's- the older daughter (who Eddie Murphy liked) dated a guy with a Jheri Curl do. Also James Earl Jones played Eddie's father- the king. Ok- I watch older movies too much

  • RadioBitchFace

    ♪ ♫ Stormy Weather….♪ ♫

  • JustPixelz

    She's a meteorologist and didn't see that shit storm coming.

  • BigSkullF*ckingDog

    True conversation that I once had with a boss;

    Boss: "You shouldn't cut your hair so short. People might get the wrong idea about you."
    BSFD: "Oh yeah, what idea might that be?"
    Boss: "Oh, you know what I mean."
    BSFD: "No, I really don't. PLEASE EXPLAIN."
    .
    .
    .
    Boss: "So, about that analysis you ran yesterday …"

    Later that year she attempted to have me fired and in the process of doing that got herself fired and me promoted instead.

    • BadKitty904

      Good!

    • finallyhappy

      That came up on The Walking Dead recently. Because in the zombie apocalypse- long styled hair still seems a possibility for any "real" woman who wants it.

      • http://lostintarnation.blogspot.com/ SayItWithWookies

        Sure — everyone knows hair keeps growing after death. Zombies just have to use a shampoo that protects against maggots, like Rotting Head and Shoulders.

        • emmelemm

          OK, that's a good one.

    • Vecchiojohn

      So what you're saying is yes, there is a God and she hates assholes.

    • Dashboard Buddha

      Right on.

    • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

      See, this is why Rick Santorum supports The Defense Of Traditional Hairstyles Act!

    • emmelemm

      Hell. Fucking. Yes.

      Good for you.

    • bobbert

      So you're saying she had the wrong idea about you?

    • rebeccavegas

      When all the guys at my work told me I looked better with my hair grown out, I had it cut short again just to irritate them. Try to objectify me now! Ha!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    What does it say about me that it took me 5 seasons of watching ST:TNG before it dawned on my that the actor playing Lt Worf was a black guy? Should I be embarrassed or commended?

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Wanna really blow your mind?

      So was the chief engineer!

      • WhatTheHolyHeck

        …and most of the other Klingons.

        Also, nearly all the hunched-over, cheating, money-grubbing Ferengi were played by Jews. But that was totally coincidental.

        • CthuNHu

          …and the half-Betazoid character just happened to be played by a brilliant, funny and smokingly hot woman. Total coincidence.

          What?

    • eggsacklywright

      Global Worfing is a huge problem.

    • fatbob54

      It's ok, he was really only half black, his mommy was black, and his daddy was Klingon. He was born in Kenya, and went to grade school at a madrassa in Singapore.

    • HarryButtle

      He's a Klingger?

      • #tcot

        Just like Jamie Farr!

    • bargal20

      I guess you just don't see race…you and Stephen Colbert.

  • mush2

    "And black ladies wearing their hair straightened makes us kind of sad, because we do not want them to have to conform to European beauty ideals…" So Michael Jackson makes you kind of sad? Wait, what?

    • pepperpat

      He always made me sad, but not because of his hair.

    • Swampgas_Man

      It was revealed to be a wig.

  • Ruhe

    After my initial repulsion at the sheer stupidity of this situation I'm getting to thinking that this weather lady, just like the novel writing teacher from yesterday, has actually hit the lottery. Perhaps the lawyers among us can confirm my suspicion… this seems like a case where the employer is going to get utterly crushed unless there's some very specific language in her contract.

  • http://www.marionstein.net Caradeloca

    I remember in my youth pulling my hair out because a certain Klansman was seeking high office in Louisiana. I was confused about how his candidacy was not beyond the fringe in these United States. My wise father explained it to me, thusly, "Read up on history. It's Louisiana."

    Someone needs to get that nice meteorologist lady a plane ticket north.

  • kyeshinka

    Who's going to do the Black-u radar forecast now?

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    When did this become a Black Hairstyles Gender Studies Recipe Card Lit Major Mommy Hookup War Blog?!

    • memzilla

      If Editrix keeps bringing the Halle Berry lookalikes, I'm not complaining.

    • BigSkullF*ckingDog

      Don't forget one stop panty shopping.

    • Vecchiojohn

      I thought it started out that way.

  • ingloriousbytch

    So KTBS fired an intelligent blah woman for talking to some ignorant cracker like he was not, in fact, an ignorant cracker. Noted.

    I'm enjoying watching the dance happening on their Facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/KTBS3

    • Guppy

      Typically this station does not comment on personnel matters, but due to the publicity and interest about this issue, the station has included the following statement.

      When the news becomes the news…

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    “Thank you for your comment and have a great weekend and thank for watching.”

    That uppity bitch!

    • kingofmeh

      that reply contained 9 million times the patience i would have in that circumstance. any reply to either of those comments that didn't involve the words "you racist motherfucker" should be grounds for a bonus, not a firing.

  • memzilla

    What's the black translation for FFS? Negropolis? ABG? Chet? Bueller? Anyone?

    • ingloriousbytch

      I usually like to go with "Sheeeeeeeeit."

    • eggsacklywright

      Too bad Barbara Billingsley dead.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      According to Chad Ochocinco, it's "Child, please" or some variant thereof.

  • BadKitty904

    This is some kinda sad, sorry shit. My bestest bud tells me my hair generally looks like I've been struck by lightening, but I doubt I'd ever be FIRED for it. All that aside, I still think she's extraordinarily pretty.

    So screw you, ya Cajun dickhead. And you, too, KTBS.

  • JustPixelz

    Hey kids! Be the first person ever to complete this sentence in a non-racist way:

    "I'm not racist but…"

    • memzilla

      Stop trying to trick us with a mu question. Except for those people who can be tricked with a mu question.

    • finallyhappy

      what are you?

    • fatbob54

      I'm not a racist, but I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.

    • http://dismalpseudoscientist.wordpress.com Rebootably_Joe

      I'm not a racist, but I imagine that many such people engage in cognitive dissonance over whether their racist beliefs actually constitute racism.

    • http://dismalpseudoscientist.wordpress.com Rebootably_Joe
    • emmelemm

      Everyone's a little bit racist.

      • fatbob54

        I'm a little bit rock and roll.

    • anniegetyerfun

      I play one on TV.

  • christianmuslin

    I see a very lucrative legal settlement and a new job that doubles or tripples her recent income, paid relocation to a major city several hundred miles to the north too.

  • http://lostintarnation.blogspot.com/ SayItWithWookies

    Lee messaged Journal-isms on Saturday, "I had a meeting with my ND [news director] and GM [general manager] Friday trying to get my job back. They told me the policy I violated isn't written down, but was mentioned in a newsroom meeting about a month-and-a-half prior. A meeting I didn't attend. So when I asked what rule did I break there isn't anything to point to."

    Double-secret probation — now for black people, too! Seriously, Shreveport — this is the fuckin' 21st century — I'd like to see Grace Jones go a couple of rounds with Emmitt Vascou and see if he's still so condescending after they get him out of surgery.

    • finallyhappy

      Shreveport- that is where Muslims can't go to Subway if they look like Muslims

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    She can forecast my high pressure system anytime, if you know what I mean.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      She can raise my blood pressure high anytime she wants, too, also.

  • Baconzgood

    If anybody knows the Baconz he's all about the fro. In fact if I was black my stylst would need a protractor to get it perfect and it would be so big it would have small satelites orbiting it.

    • http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/ actor212

      Like a….(dare I say it?)…black hole?

    • CommieLibunatic

      Stop me if this has happened already, but that sounds like an Old Spice commercial.

  • DCBloom

    I'm white, but seriously, if I had bone structure as lovely as hers, I'd cut my hair short too.

  • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    Julianne Malveaux sported very very short hair when she regularly appeared on To The Contrary but I was too busy getting excited about women discussing politics in a bipartisan, articulate, poised-with-occasional-hissyfit manner to take much notice.

  • memzilla

    Speaking as an OG (Old Guy — OWG, if you want to get technical), the speed at which, if permitted, I would engage in shenanigans with the close-cropped Ms. Lee cannot be measured with current scientific instrumentation. As was said in Seinfeld, "It's not racist if you like their race."

  • Blueb4sinrise

    They found out that she was part of the Supersecret Gore/Obama Weather Machine of DOOM conspiracy.

    • fatbob54

      She's the smoking gun that points to the GORE/OBAMA/AYERS Weather Undergound? OMG?!?!

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    Of course we can write to them and tell them (politely of course) what a bunch of morans they are for firing the pretty lady. I have provided a link to everyone who works at KTBS (BS… really?) for your convenience. http://www.ktbs.com/contact-us/contact-ktbs

  • Lot_49

    When you think of black women with short hair and hoop earrings, it's hard not to hear Odetta singing. And that is a beautiful thing.

    What makes this particularly infuriating is that Ms King took the time to write a thoughtful and serious response to an illiterate moran typical Louisiana redneck bigot.

    • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

      People under 50 would probably think of Lauryn Hill singing.

      But, yes, it was a thoughtful and serious response.

      • Lot_49

        She was here in 1963. And here's Odetta in 2008. Enjoy!

  • mrpuma2u

    WTF is next? This station goes with an "all white, all Missouri-Synod" line up???? Poke these jaggoffs in the eye with red hot votes pokers.

  • viennawoods13

    What! No Dapper Dan pomade!

    • eggsacklywright

      Bandoline pompadour!

  • Terry

    "It is official Wonkette policy that the most beautiful way to wear black hair is in a magnificent Black Power Angela Davis Afro."

    The most beautiful way for a black lady to wear her hair is however she feels like wearing it.

    I do like the letter writer's suggestion about male newscasters wearing their hair down to their waist. I want to see Brian Williams that way, for a start.

    • BadKitty904

      Anderson Cooper would look like Lucius Malfoy…

      • finallyhappy

        a million thumbs up for that!!!

        • BadKitty904

          *purrs*

      • Terry

        Oooh, you're right. Anderson is first, then Brian.

      • ingloriousbytch

        I could fap to that.

      • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

        Elric of Melniboné Libel!!

        • HistoriCat

          That's old school!

  • Pat_Pending

    Let this be a message to all Asian newsgirls – Get your gooky slanty eyes fixed or GTFU.

    • chicken_thief

      And stop growing those long silky black locks, goddammit!!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    This is why you shouldn't talk to people.

  • Vecchiojohn

    She answered back to a white man! What else could they do?:

  • HistoriCat

    but since only Jesse is black,

    You guys have had three or four Jesses with posts this year. You might need to be more specific. (OK, not that it matters but you wouldn't say "that idiot commenter" would you? No one would know who you meant. )

    Also, the Angela Davis fro is impressive but might not be good for a television meteorologist – blocks out too much of the weather map.

  • http://estevancarlos.com american__mutt

    My girlfriend, who has an afro, was recently told to put her hair up because it's "not professional". Mind you, she now works in an office cubicle with only a dozen people. While other women in the office don't need their hair up, she has the unique honor of her natural hair being characterized as "unprofessional". Yeah, it's bs.

    • finallyhappy

      Are you in a bad red state? "put your hair up'??? seriously?? in 1969, I worked for an insurance company in their file room and was told "ladies who work here must wear stockings". but that was in the old days.

    • BadKitty904

      How, *exactly*, is it "not professional"?

  • Pat_Pending

    I once shared a restroom with Angela Davis. I was sufficiently flustered to say nothing, figuring it was better to just appear a typical uninformed white girl than give her the black power salute. She had her hair in corn rows that day.

  • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ Chow Yun Flat

    Anything that might distract one from Rhonda Lee's perfectly beautiful face–which her hairstyle does not–would be a crime.

    She is a knockout.

  • BigSkullF*ckingDog

    50 bucks says the guy complaining has sported a mullet for the last 30 years.

    • BadKitty904

      I'd be willing to bet he has no hair. Or teeth.

    • Dashboard Buddha

      Hard to say. I think it was this guy in fact.

    • CrunchyKnee

      Nah, shaved heads w/goatees are the way forward for most redneck cracker ass crackers these days, mullets are so 90s.

  • http://citizenfuturist.wordpress.com/ Rufus T. Firefly

    I find this post both easy and hard to fap to.

  • DahBoner

    Rhonda Lee

    Maybe people would like her more if she changed her name to something more "ethnic", like 'Ann Curry'…

    • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

      Mary Mole? Franny Fesenjan? Rochelle Roux? Paddy Thai?

  • memzilla

    Would it be wrong to post the publicly-available contact information of KTBS-TV station management?

    • http://rightthinkingamerican.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

      Or their GPS coordinates to program into your cruise missile?

  • http://rightthinkingamerican.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    It's a well known fact that people with short hair interfere with the weather maps or something.

  • fatbob54

    What's Chet Walken's position on this?

  • http://rightthinkingamerican.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    BTW, is there REALLY a need for weather people – or – news people at all anymore?

    My understanding is that the reason the Weather Channel is now mostly Coast Guard Rescue Porn and Dirty Jobs takeoffs is that nobody watches it anymore. I believe that Weather.com was the most highly valued piece when it was sold to NBC/Blackstone/etc….

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Back when it was on cable before satellite got big, it was the shit. Now, it's "Oh, it's raining, better look at the radar on the Weather Channel to see how big the storm is. Oh, it's raining. No fucking signal."

  • gullywompr

    Hair today, fired tomorrow.

    I know, I know, I'll work on it.

  • Lizzietish81

    Isn't it awesome that we don't live in one of those Muslim countries which force their women to dress a certain way?

  • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    There hasn't been this much white hairassment of blacks since the Dreads Scott decision.

    • http://lostintarnation.blogspot.com/ SayItWithWookies

      The BBC might even call it a corn row.

      • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

        Some viewer-feedback forums really should cut back
        on the lamer contributions or try to filter the stoopid ones out; it's close to devolving into shear
        nonsense.

        • http://lostintarnation.blogspot.com/ SayItWithWookies

          Don't blame the stupids — they were shorn that way.

  • Toomush_Infer

    Then another person posted on the station’s Myface something else that was way more stupid and racist, and without the presumable good intentions, and Lee responded to that (nicely) too, (by texting: "Yeah, and fuck you, too, Cracker.") and now she is fired….

    Fixed.

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    I like how everybody here is going along with the farce that the most important thing about a weather LADY is that she be pretty, however that's defined. (OK, there's a booby weather lady on the local morning news here that I fancy, I'm not proud of it.)

    • fatbob54

      You're right, but if you're not pretty, you're not on TV to begin with. Unless you're an old white guy…

    • HarryButtle

      Unattractive newscasters? That's just crazy talk.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    I think MSNBC should hire this Lady to do the Liberal Weather.

    • Aridzona

      They'd only report on storms moving in from the right.

  • pdiddycornchips

    Do we have a picture of the person who fired her? I want to see if his/her (probably his) hair conforms to our standards

  • sullivanst

    From the link:

    "We do not comment on personnel issues out of respect for the employee and the station a desire not to have the holy fuck sued even harder out of us."

    FTFY, station General Manager.

  • DixvilleCrotch

    What would Imus have to say about this?

  • PubOption

    Could she tell if it was raining without looking out of the window?

  • not that Dewey

    As Rhonda Lee awoke one morning from uneasy dreams she found herself transformed in her bed into an unemployed person.

  • BornInATrailer

    TBH, she would be even hotter with a more significant afro.

  • PubOption

    If I ran a TV station I would get rid of other staff first: any male reporter with an obvious hairpiece, and any reporter who has had his/ her nose filed down until it looks like Voldemort's or Michael Jackson's. Examples are still working at St. Louis stations.

  • Naked_Bunny

    Sounds like a high-pressure douchbag front just came through.

  • feminazipenishrinker

    That station needs a swift kick in the junk and/or a visit from American Hero Union Punching Guy (with votes!!). From the linked piece:

    "Oddly enough, the station “liked” an earlier comment from a viewer that said Lee needed 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.”
    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/434790/rhonda-lee-ktbs-t… "

    Fuck those assholes.

  • http://loljazzcatz.blogspot.com/2012/06/introducing-bad-note-millstones-of-jazz.html Chet Kincaid_

    We already knew that one Jesse was black, Mommy Editrix, but why won't you ever officially introduce us to any of the Wonkette authors?! Is it because you don't want us to get attached to these new posters you're bringing home all the time, in case you have to throw all their shit out on the front lawn? Half of them have names that could be any cisgender also. (I say this as someone who was shocked to find out Alex Pareene was a dude long after he left the Wonkette.)

  • RadioBitchFace

    12/12/12 12:12

    • HistoriCat

      You should have waited 12 seconds.

    • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    • Botlrokit

      Central Standard Time libel!

  • CommieLibunatic

    Wonkette: Starting your days with a tall, frothy glass of stupids since 200blarg.

  • Jus_Wonderin

    OH MY FUCKING GOD. IT IS SHREVEPORT AGAIN. DO NOT HOLD THIS AGAINST ME. FUCK THAT FUCKING SMALL FUCKING TOWN (where I was born). FUCK THEM.

    • Botlrokit

      ^ – Tennessee. I ain't sayin' a goddamn thing.

  • Secluded Compound

    I'm not sexist but she can forecast my front moving in any old time she wants.
    I'm not sexist but she can have a look at my doppler.
    I'm not sexist but she can.. something something… high pressure system?

    • Jus_Wonderin

      Warm front?

  • GoodDogThor

    OT: So, are we still doing that 'report the autoplay ads' thing? Just got one from: http://www.travelplus.tv (I can has extra p-points now?)

    Also, too, "where all da white wimin at?"

  • sewollef

    I'm a white people.

    But I'm a good white people, since I've had the shit kicked out of me by Brit cops while demonstrating against the fascist National Front in the UK. I've also been arrested, jailed and had my camera "accidentally" broken for the same "offence" by the UK's Special Branch [political police].

    Cops everywhere seems to have a strong streak of racism running through their ranks. I know they're probably reading this, so, fuck you copper!!

  • emmelemm

    I would hope that she would have very, very good grounds to SUE THEIR CRACKER ASSES OFF.

  • eaglewon

    Black hair is not all alike, there's kinky, to curly, to wavy, to straight. You can't tell a person how they should wear their hair. Actually, I would never have responded to that viewer. Total waste of time.

  • TribecaMike

    According to the the Star Trek Memory Alpha Wiki, "CQ is a 'general call' signal sent by wireless radio operators using Morse code."

    Though Samuel F. B. Morse was a rabid racist and antisemite, it's still nice to know that quaint old Morse code will be back in use by the 23rd century.

  • bargal20

    I'm trying to imagine looking into that Siamese kitten-grade adorable face and saying "you're fired".

  • http://www.wonkette.com smokefilledroommate

    I used to work at a Sally Beauty Supply eons ago and nobody wanted the Black hair section, so they gave it to me (which I soon ran like a tight ship, tyvm. Customers would compliment me on ordering all the right products and how that part of the store seemed "new" to them–before it was shitty, neglected and in total disarray). I learned so much about African-American hair–the relaxers, grease, weave, hot irons. Imagine putting sodium hydroxide (lye) on your kids' head so they can have straight (caucasian) hair! That shit can blind you.. I concluded that if I were Black, I'd probably have the biggest, most unapologetic Afro known to man. (Might sound disingenuous coming from whitey, but fuck you. I know my Black hair products and the massive amount of maintenance required).
    Ms. Lee is gorgeous, obvs. She shouldn't even have to respond to such utter bullshit.

  • littlebigdaddy

    How can you even have a blah weather lady? Is she all like, "my rheumatiz is actin' up so it's gwina rain"? hengh!!!???

  • Revanneosl

    The station manager's name is George Sirven and his office telephone number is
    318-861-5821

  • http://www.southsidejohnny.com/ Jukesgrrl

    I'd keep her just for her eyebrows.

  • http://howtosavetheworld.ca/ BZ1

    Fired for being uppity?

  • dopper0189

    This world also has spelling and grammar standards Mr. Emmitt Vascocu #justsaying

  • ttommyunger

    Just spitballin here, but I'm guessing the real reason she was fired was for not putting out. Seriously.