I’m sure by now you’ve heard about Rhonda Lee. She is the KTSB meteorologist who was fired for responding to comments on her short natural hair. Here’s the story as briefly as I can put it
- black female meteorologist wears short natural hair on television
- viewer does not like her hair – thinks that it doesn’t look good on television, questions her health –comments about it on television network’s Facebook page (ah facebook)
- Lee replied with a comment stating her disapproval of this one viewers opinion –reinforcing her Afro-centricity and comfort with her hair (read her comment on Sporty Afros)
- Lee fired because of a company policy about social media usage
- women everywhere outraged
I know what you’re thinking… “wait… what?!” How is it that it is okay for a woman to be fired for voicing her opinion? Would it have been different if she said it on the news as opposed to a Facebook comment page? I think not.
As women we all have insecurities because of unrealistic expectations, especially black women. We just don’t fit in with the ideal standard of beauty. But when we do speak out in confidence and with eloquence about our pride it makes people uncomfortable. I’d love to know more about what went on in the meeting room with the higher ups and Lee. It baffles me. There has to be more to the story. It turns out that she was known for commenting on other racially charged posts as well. However, she’s never said anything rude or unintelligent. She seems like an extremely intelligent and accomplished woman. KTSB just wasn’t a good fit. Something better is in store for her.
What do you think?