Rhonda Lee, a KTBS weather anchor, is on the receiving end of an internet storm she didn't foresee. She was allegedly fired for a Facebook post explaining her choice of hairstyle, and the story has since gone viral.
A KTBS viewer named Emmitt Vascocu posted on the station's Facebook page: "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..."
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 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 thanks for watching.
KTBS, an ABC affiliate based in Louisiana, states that Lee was fired because she repeatedly violated their social media policy. They reference another post she made defending the ethnically-diverse choice of child participants in the station's "Three Minute Smile" contest.
Lee counterclaims that she did not know their policy, since it was mentioned only once, at a meeting she didn't attend, but the station asserts that the policy had been sent out via email to all employees.
Via the Blaze and Mediaite.