TV Anchor Apologizes After Comparing Black Co-Worker To Gorilla
A white Oklahoma City TV anchor made a tearful apology to her black colleague after she compared him to a gorilla.
Alex Housden was hosting a segment about the Oklahoma City Zoo and compared co-anchor Jason Hackett to a gorilla.
“Kind of looks like you,” she said to Hackett, who responded: “He kind of does, actually, yeah.”
However, the next day Housdon said she was sorry.
“I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, it was inappropriate, and I hurt people,” Housden said. “I want you to know I understand how much I hurt you out there and how much I hurt (Hackett).”
She added that she would “never do anything on purpose to hurt” him.
“I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart I apologize for what I said,” Housden added. “I know it was wrong, and I am so sorry.”
Hackett accepted her apology, and notes that she is one his best friends.
“What she said yesterday was wrong,” Hackett said, adding that the apology was a “teachable moment” and that “words matter.”
“It cut deep for me, and it cut deep for a lot of you in the community,” he added.
“We’re becoming a more diverse country, and there’s no excuse. We have to understand the stereotypes. We have to understand each other’s backgrounds and the words that hurt, the words that cut deep,” Hackett said.
Despite the acceptance of her apology, many people on social media are asking that she be fired.
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