A local news anchor has come under fire for referring to Lady Gaga’s “jigaboo music” during an Oscar’s recap Monday.
Kristi Capel, of Fox 8 in Cleveland, was discussing how great Gaga’s voice sounded during her “Sound of Music” tribute during the Academy Awards when the gaffe happened.
“It’s hard to really hear her voice with all the jigaboo music,” she said.
“She has a nice voice,” co-anchor Wayne Dawson said with a nervous smile.
“She has a gorgeous voice,” Capel added. “I never knew. Very nice.”
After learning of her faux pax, Capel took to twitter to apologize to several people who tweeted her directly.
@boycourt93 I do apologize if I offended you, I didn’t know the meaning behind it or that it was even a word. Thank you for watching.
— Kristi Capel (@Kristi_Capel) February 23, 2015
Unfortunately some in the Twitterverse were all too quick to label her a racist and to tie it to Fox News, even though the seemingly innocent mistake came from a local affiliate.
— Ashley (@ErrBodyHatesAsh) February 23, 2015
Why does a @FoxNews anchor using the word “Jigaboo” not surprise me?
— Deep in the Fort (@DeepInTheFort) February 23, 2015
Racist? Moi? No: I just work for Fox and never noticed the colour of the embarrassed guy sitting next to me http://t.co/82ipQ520Zj
— Drayton Bird (@DraytonBird) February 23, 2015
I don’t get why people are still surprised when Fox News personnel say dumb racist comments. Isn’t that kind of there thing — Cameron Blasi (@iThinkiCam1) February 23, 2015
#FoxNews doesn’t even try to hide their racism. They are proud, and proud of their racist, homophobic, sexist, classist audience
— DrTMG (@DrTMG) February 23, 2015
Wow how shocking somebody from Fox News said something racist?! — Lindsay Jane (@OnenOnly_LinZ) February 23, 2015
Why every time a reporter is caught saying something racist it’s alwayssss Fox News smh
— Buck (@BuckSo504) February 23, 2015
Some people did have common sense.
@Kristi_Capel hey luv don’t sweat it, it was a mistake, obvious you didn’t know the meaning, anyone with a brain knows you’re not racist
— Aqil Rashid El-Amin (@aqelamin) February 23, 2015
Gotta love Cleveland & how we pile on people when they make a mistake, Kristi Capel is a good person & made a mistake. Let it go Vultures
— Chad Zumock (@chadzumock) February 23, 2015
My main point is that there are people who LOVE to get offended FOR others. They will likely be out in full force with this Capel thing
— Ryan (@WestParkRunner) February 23, 2015
That’s the worst part of all this for @Kristi_Capel ..people who LOVE to cry racism or that they’re offended are gonna pounce.
— Vince (@vp0804) February 23, 2015
They did Vince. They did.
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