A West Virginia mayor was criticized and her businesswoman friend fired after calling First Lady Michelle Obama an “ape in heels” on Facebook.
via Washington Times:
The original post came from Clay County Development Corporation director Pamela Taylor in response to Donald Trump’s presidential win last week.
“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels,” Ms. Taylor wrote.
Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling then responded to the post, writing, “Just made my day Pam.”
Ms. Taylor deleted her post and both women issued apologies on Facebook. Neither of their pages could be found on the social networking site on Monday.
“I would like to apologize for any unintentional harm caused by my comment,” Ms. Whaling said in a statement, a local ABC News affiliate reported. “My comment was not intended to be racist at all. I was referring to my day being made for the change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me, know that I am not in any way racist! Again, I would like to apologize for this getting out of hand!”
A petition has appeared online calling for both women to be fired. As of this writing, it has over 70,000 signatures.
UPDATE: CLAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICIAL SAYS MICHELLE OBAMA "AN APE IN HIGH HEELS" – Clay Mayor, Beverly Whaling Agrees https://t.co/qxkfRgxhVh pic.twitter.com/nikchhshKo
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The Washington Post is reporting that Pamela Taylor has been “removed” from her position, though it is unclear if she has actually been fired. Mayor Whaling planned to address her comment in a previously-scheduled meeting on Tuesday evening.