Meteorologist fired after responding to viewer comment: Rhonda Lee answered criticism of her hair

A meteorologist was fired from a Louisiana news station after she responded to a comment about her hair left by a viewer on the station's Facebook page.

Emmitt Vascocu, a viewer and commenter, wrote: "The black lady that does the news is a very nice lady, I'm not sure if she is a cancer patient. But still, it's 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)."

According to the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, Meteorologist Rhonda Lee responded to the post with: "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."

Lee goes on to explain why she keeps her hair short rather than growing it out and straightening it.

Managers at the TV station said they fired her, along with another employee, for violating its policy on responding with viewers on social media sites. The station stated that only management can respond to negative comments.

Read a report by CNN here: Fired for defending her hairstyle on Facebook; Ex-KTBS meterologist Rhonda Lee: 'Other people are given platforms, I was given a pink slip'

For more on the exchange between Voscocu and Lee, read this article from the MIJE: Meteorologist Responded to Critic of her Short Afro 

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