New Anchor uses racial slur

If you’re not sure what a word means then it’s probably best not use the word.

A Cleveland, Ohio news anchor learned that very important lesson the hard way when she “accidentally” said a racial slur not once but twice on-air yesterday morning. During a discussion about Sunday nights Oscars, Kristi Capel who is WJW Channel 8 morning news anchor was discussing  Lady Gaga’s  performance for the tribute to the Sound of Music with her co-anchor Wayne Dawson when she said the word ‘jigaboo’ which is a negative term referring to black people with darker skin tone. “It’s hard to really hear her voice with all the jigaboo music whatever you want to call it…jigaboo,” Capel said.

From the look on her co-anchor’s face, he understands the significance of the term she used but doesn’t draw any attention to the slur as they turned the segment over to their traffic reporter. Capel has since apologized for the statement to several viewers through Twitter, claiming that she didn’t even know what the term meant. “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,” she wrote.

She later went on again to Tweet another message to all of her followers. “I deeply regret my insensitive comment. I truly did not know the meaning of the word, and would never intentionally use such hurtful language. I sincerely apologize,” she wrote.

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Her news director Andy Fishman apologized later on behalf of the entire network in an interview with the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.  “She didn’t even know what the word meant, which is not an excuse,” Fisman said. “We’ve spoken to her about this, and we’re confident it won’t happen again. From here, we’ll handle it internally.”

Fishman also added that Capel will not be terminated for the racial slur, and will appear on Tuesday morning’s broadcast.



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Michelle Hinojosa writes and reports media for Popcrunch and is an active member in the LBGT community. She is a graduate of Washington State University with degree's in Social Services, English, History and Psychology.