Skip to comments.Oklahoma anchor apologizes to black co-host after comparing him to gorilla on air
Posted on 08/28/2019 7:30:07 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
OKLAHOMA CITY - A local news anchor issued a tearful on-air apology to her co-host after she compared him to a gorilla on television.
USA Today reported that KOCO morning show host Alex Housden, who is white, made the racist comparison of co-anchor Jason Hackett, who is black, to a gorilla in a segment about one of the animals at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
The Washington Post reported that Housden was specifically reporting on Fin, the zoo's baby western lowland gorilla, who was seen taking selfies during an Instagram takeover by one of his caretakers.
"As you can see, Fin was fascinated," Housden said, wrapping up the report.
"Definitely ready for his close-up there," Hackett said.
The segment cut to a traffic report and when it returned to the co-anchors, Housden said to Hackett, "Kind of looks like you when you take a picture."
Hackett hesitated and then responded, "Yeah it does, actually, yeah. Very close to the camera."
Many viewers took issue with her remarks because of the racist historical association of black people with monkeys and being animalistic. The Post reported that viewers called in to the station and wrote complaints on Facebook, saying Housden's comment repeated racist stereotypes.
Housden tearfully apologized the next day, Deadline reported.
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Housden tearfully apologized the next day, and then compared President Trump to an orangutan.
There, all is forgiven now!
Ah, the thrilling world of racist snowflakes.
A pox on all of them.
What’s the big deal, Muhammad Ali called Joe Frazier a “gorilla”.
“”Hey there gorilla...we in Manilla...”....heh heh...god, that was funny..
Ali would hold up that stupid little rubber gorilla...and punch it....hee hee...
Alex Housden may not get fired, but she will never get another job in broadcast media, or perhaps anywhere.
It would seem that she was actually comparing her co-anchor to the way the ape was taking the selfie. If it had been another animal, she wouldnt have been caught in the diversity/racism rollercoaster. The snowflakes wouldn’t have been offended and she would probably have gone on to a successful career. But because the animal taking the selfie was a gorilla and the co-anchor is Black, her career will evaporate.
My sister called me a big ape! And I’m white!
Long live Frank Perdue and Oprah Winfrey.
I was having a few beers one day with a black guy and we had our arms leaning on the bar and he said, Look, your arm is so hairy you look like a white ape. I guess I should have accused him of racism but it didnt occur to me at the time.
Now if he’d been talking about Rep. Al Green....well...
I feel somewhat sorry for her and believe she meant no harm or hurt, but she’s in an industry that persecutes others for lapses in political correctness... she should have known better.
One would hope so, but it doesn't take much. How about that black Seattle councilman who says powerwashing the sidewalks is racist? It "brings up images" of civil rights workers being sprayed with fire hoses.
Her co-host should have come on instead and said he didn’t know why others were offended when he wasn’t.
She better find another line of work and change her name. She will be hounded out of her job.
The Left constantly referred to W as a “chimp”.
I'd probably had said: "That's what I am, when you think about it."
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