A Facebook story!
Civil servant in small-town West Virginia refers to Michelle Obama as “a Ape in heels” [sic].
Mayor of said town replies to the post: “Just made my day Pam” [sic].
National outcry ensues. Civil servant is removed from her post. Mayor sends explanatory note to Washington Post, stating that JEEZ she’d been referring to the FIRST part of the Facebook post: “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House.” (Because, you know, we haven’t for the last eight years.)
(The only First Lady ever to get three Vogue covers, because she’s SO not beautiful.)
“My comment was not intended to be racist at all,” the mayor clarified. “I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me know that I’m not of any way racist! Again, I would like to apologize for this getting out of hand!”
Sigh! Exclamation point!
1. “sorry for any hard feeling” — nope. Be sorry for what you said, not how others responded.
2. “may have caused” — nope. There is no “may.” It did cause “hard feeling,” aka pain, sorrow, hurt.
3. “Those who know me” — nope. We don’t know you. Not relevant. What matters is what you say.
4. “I would like to apologize for this getting out of hand!” — nope. Again. Apologize for what you did, not for the reaction. You don’t get to decide whether “this” (what is “this,” precisely? name it) is “out of hand.” And you’re the one who thinks the response is “out of hand” — other people feel the reaction was perfectly in hand.
Also, the post was not about “change in the White House,” so to say that was what you were responding with your “made my day” comment is disingenuous. The post was about the excitement of having a “classy, beautiful, dignified” First Lady again.
In related news, the original FB poster tells local media she’s going to sue those who have “slandered” her, says she’s “sorry for everything that has happened” (“everything?” what, precisely, is she sorry for?) but adds that the “situation” (“situation”?) has turned into a “hate crime against me.” Mpphhhh.
Aaaaaand, via Clay, WV’s own WSAZ News Channel 3, as of an hour ago, the mayor has resigned.
UPDATED 12/29/16: Aaaaaaaand the civil servant has been removed from her position. She’d been suspended but was going to get her job back until West Virginia state officials said HMMMM and asked to see a copy of the nonprofit’s anti-discrimination policy. And lo and behold, soon afterward the governor’s office announced that the “a Ape” lady will not be coming back to work! Details at the Washington Post.