Apology rejected: Viewers not over anchor's "gorilla" comment

Apology rejected: Viewers not over anchor's "gorilla" comment

- An American anchor has apologised to her co-worker after she compared him to a gorilla on air

- Alex Housden admitted it was racist and apologised to her colleague Jason Jackett

- However, social media users were not satisfied with her apology

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Briefly.co.za reported Alex Housden, a TV anchor at Oklahoma City TV, publicly apologised to her long-time colleague Jason Jackett, whom she compared to a gorilla.

According to the New York Post, Housden came under extreme scrutiny when she ended a segment at a zoo last week by comparing her black co-host to a gorilla.

Social media user, @barnor_hesse, was among many who slammed Housden on Twitter, writing:

"That moment when u are a black male TV anchor and she is a white female TV anchor with you. On live TV you are both doing a segment on a gorilla in a zoo & white female anchor says to black male anchor, ‘it kinda looks like you’. Explain that effin moment to me."

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Since the incident went viral, Housden issued an on-air apology to Jackett but social media users were not satisfied.

Briefly.co.za learned tweeps slammed the channel for making Jackett sit through Housden's apology.

Journalist Jason Johnson wrote: "The fact that he had to sit there and listen to this apology makes it worse."
Bobby Pearson, who goes by the Twitter handle @robertpearsonjr, commented: "Why does he have to sit through that? Let her sit out there alone and feel that hurt."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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