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Rhonda Lee, an African-American meteorologist at KTBS-TV in Shreveport has been fired for her response to a comment from a viewer.

Was her comment racist? Was it sexual? …Nope.

According to a write up at MSN.COM, a viewer offered criticism regarding her hairstyle asking if “she was a cancer patient”.  Rhonda posted this response on Facebook,

I’m sorry you don’t like my ethnic hair. And no I don’t have cancer. I’m very proud of who I am and the standard of beauty I display.”

She went on to thank the man for his comment, but her former bosses at KTBS-TV said that she violated their social media policy, and is part of the reason for her termination.

What do you think?

An article posted at Huffington Post contains this comment from KTBS…

On November 28, 2012, KTBS dismissed two employees for repeated violation of the station’s written procedure. We can confirm that Rhonda Lee was one of the employees. Another employee was a white male reporter who was an eight year veteran of the station. The policy they violated provided a specific procedure for responding to viewer comments on the official KTBS Facebook page. Included is an email that was sent to all news department employees informing them of this procedure. This procedure is based on advice from national experts and commonly used by national broadcast and cable networks and local television stations across the country. Unfortunately, television personalities have long been subject to harsh criticism and negative viewer comments about their appearance and performance. If harsh viewer comments are posted on the station’s official website, there is a specific procedure to follow. Ms. Rhonda Lee was let go for repeatedly violating that procedure and after being warned multiple times of the consequences if her behavior continued. Rhonda Lee was not dismissed for her appearance or defending her appearance. She was fired for continuing to violate company procedure.”

My calls to KTBS for comment have gone unanswered.

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