A woman who offended Michelle Obama comes back to work

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 30: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama joins with Sesame Street's Elmo (L) and Rosalita (R) for an announcement on a new initiative aimed at promoting healthier nutrition for school children Ocotber 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. During the event the first lady announced that Sesame Street's characters will join with the Partnership for a Healthier America in a two-year agreement to promote greater fresh fruit and vegetable consumption by children. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The woman who caused a storm of controversy and was sacked after she wrote on Facebook that Michelle Obama is an “ape in heels” has got her job back. Despite that Taylor was sacked from the Clay County Development Corporation in November following the post, she will be reinstated on 23 December. A letter from Leslie McGlothlin, who took over from Taylor after her sacking states that she will be back in her post later this month, reports the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Responding, the mayor of Clay, Beverly Whaling wrote: “just made my day Pam”. Whaling resigned, and the city council accepted her stepping down without a vote on the issue.

Within days, nearly a hundred thousand people had signed a petition to have both the women sacked. But Taylor told WSAZ3 that she realised her post could be “interpreted as racist, but in no way was intended to be”. She said she was rating the first lady and upcoming first lady by attractiveness, and that it had no bearing on race. She also said she was considering suing individuals for slander. A statement from former Mayor Whaling said: “My comment was not intended to be racist at all”. She apologised for the comment “getting out of hand.” “I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me know that I’m not of any way racist!” she added.


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