A Louisiana TV station has defended its decision to fire a black meteorologist, insisting that she repeatedly violated company policy by responding to comments on its Facebook page. But the woman says she had a right to reply to "embarrassingly racist" remarks, like one comparing her ethnic hair to a cancer patient's.
Many of her fans agree. An online petition urging KTBS-TV in Shreveport to rehire Rhonda Lee has garnered over 11,300 signatures. "I would never have dreamed in a million years that I would get all this support," Lee told New York's Daily News.