Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fired for What!? - Defending Her Hair on Facebook

Sometimes, it's all a matter of how you frame the issue. At first, this Fired for What!? sounds bizarre - a TV meteorologist was fired for defending her hairstyle from criticism on Facebook. That's ridiculous, right? Some guy commented on the TV station's Facebook page:
[T]he 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 . . . . i'm 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.
The meteorologist fired back a response:
I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair...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.
Now, here's where the story begins to become a matter of perspective. The station managers claim they told the meteorologist to refer controversial comments to them and not to personally respond.

A few weeks later, someone posted a question on the station's Facebook page about why the kids in some segment were all "people of color." The meteorologist responded, and she was terminated. Now, back to framing the issue . . . you tell me, was she "fired for defending her hair on Facebook" or "fired for violating the employer's directive regarding social media?"