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Old 01-08-2019, 12:19 PM
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Weatherman fired for uttering a racial slur on air

A TV weatherman in Rochester, NY was fired on Sunday for uttering a racial slur on live TV last Friday:

Here's a low-quality cell-phone video of the incident:

It's pretty subtle. To my ear it doesn't even sound like the "oo" of "coon," it sounds more the "oo" of "book." IOW, it's consistent with him tripping over his own tongue (comingling "King" and "Junior"), rather than deliberately and maliciously sneaking in a racial slur. According to the station, they didn't even notice it until it was brought to their attention two days later, which is why it took that long to take action. That action was to heed the calls from activists for "real consequences for the news personality involved." In other words, destroy his career.

A video posted by Kappell (the weatherman) in response to it all:

ISTM he's been crucified for no good reason. There are plenty of actual racist assholes out there, but it sure doesn't seem to me like this weatherman is one of them.


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