Nonprofit leader who wrote racist Michelle Obama post fired

In this June 12, 2012, file photo, US first lady Michelle Obama signs copies of her book "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Garden Across America," in Washington. A West Virginia nonprofit group has fired its director after she wrote a Facebook post referring to Mrs. Obama as an “ape in heels.”(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Updated 27 December 2016
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Nonprofit leader who wrote racist Michelle Obama post fired

CHARLESTON, West Virginia: A West Virginia nonprofit group has fired its director after she wrote a Facebook post referring to first lady Michelle Obama as an “ape in heels.”
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office said Tuesday that Pamela Ramsey Taylor, executive director of the Clay County Development Corp., was removed following an agreement with the nonprofit’s board of directors.
Taylor’s racist social media comments were not directly mentioned as the reason. She had been placed initially on a six-week leave that was scheduled to end last Friday.
However, the state requested “specific assurances” the nonprofit is following anti-discrimination policies and has been assured Taylor is gone as director, Tomblin spokeswoman Jessica Tice said.
The Appalachian Area Agency on Aging will manage the nonprofit daily for six months while the Clay County organization makes any changes needed for compliance as a state contractor, Tice said.
The nonprofit provides services to elderly and low-income residents in Clay County.
West Virginia’s Bureau of Senior Services and the Bureau for Medical Services have been reviewing the nonprofit’s state contracts following the furor. The state also asked for guarantees that Taylor had not discriminated against recipients of state services.
Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling was criticized for responding to Taylor’s post: “Just made my day Pam.” Whaling said later that she was referencing the change in the White House and wasn’t racist. She resigned following the backlash.


Netflix has no plans to cut ‘Bird Box’ scene despite outcry

Updated 17 January 2019
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Netflix has no plans to cut ‘Bird Box’ scene despite outcry

NEW YORK: Netflix’s post-apocalyptic survival film “Bird Box” is drawing criticism for using footage of a real fiery Canadian train disaster, but the streaming giant has no plans to remove it.
Netflix licensed the footage of the disaster from the stock image vendor Pond 5 and used it in “Bird Box” in an early TV news montage to set up its horrific premise.
In a statement, Pond 5 says the footage “was taken out of context” and the company wanted to “sincerely apologize.”
But a Netflix spokesman said on Thursday that it wasn’t planning to cut the footage, saying: “We will keep the clip in the movie.” But the spokesman acknowledged that Netflix will be looking at ways to do things differently moving forward.