Apparently two grown-up women in the small town of Clay, West Virginia completely forgot that once they post something to a social media site it immediately becomes public for everyone to see. That said, something tells us they won't ever be making that mistake again.
Pamela Taylor, director of the Clay County Development Corp, and Beverly Whaling, Clay's mayor, went viral today but for all the wrong reasons. Their notoriety began with the discovery of the following FaceBook exchange in which Taylor refers to Michelle Obama as an "Ape in heels." Apparently amused by the comment, Whaling responded: "Just made my day Pam."
Understandably, the post drew outrage from people living in Clay, WV and around the country as 150,000 people signed an online petition to have both of the women fired from their respective government-funded positions. And, it seems to have worked as, according to Reuters, both Taylor and Whaling have since submitted their official resignation letters.
After resigning from her position as Mayor of Clay, WV, Whaling offered the following statement to The Washington Post:
“My comment was not intended to be racist at all. 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!”
Sure, it's probably our fault for rushing to judgement on this one...calling a black lady an "Ape in heels" can imply so many things other than racism. Except, not really.