There’s growing uproar surrounding the recent firing of Rhonda Lee, a black meteorologist in Shreveport, Louisiana. Lee was fired after responding to Facebook comments that disparaged her for wearing a short Afro.
As of Thursday morning, the Change.org petition demanding that Lee be given her job back had nearly 3,000 signatures. The petition reads, in part:
[Shreveport station] KTBS has stated that Lee was fired for allegedly violating a social media policy for staff members. However, Lee said that in a meeting with her supervisors, they told her the policy she violated “isn’t written down, but was mentioned in a newsroom meeting (a meeting she did not attend) about a month-and-a-half prior.” Lee also claims, “There isn’t anything in our employee manual talking about social media dos and don’ts.”
Lee isn’t the only news woman to respond publicly to comments disparaging her physical appearance. Earlier this year, La Crosse, Wisconsin anchorwoman Jennifer Livingston’s on-air response to criticism about her weight went viral..