Hey there. I’m sad. And a bit upset.
You may have seen that, during a live newscast last Friday, Rochester weatherman Jeremy Kappell, of NBC affiliate News10NBC WHEC, was describing the how it had looked outside at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, voicing over a live video shot of the park itself.
When he said the park’s name, Kappell made a mistake, transposing two sounds in the name, creating, unfortunately, another word that is an all-too-familiar racial slur. “It looks gray at “Martin Luther coon…King…Jr. Park,” Kappell said.
Three days later, it was announced that Kappell had been fired.
I believe that this is absolutely uncalled for, and that he is unfairly being made to pay for a simple, and easily explained human error in live performance. And I’m sad for Jeremy, a fellow on-air talent and 20 year broadcast veteran. He deserves so much better. Here’s why:
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