When Pamela Taylor first turned to Facebook to express her views about First Lady Michelle Obama — with Taylor calling Mrs. Obama an “ape in heels” — the backlash was felt strongly on Facebook and beyond. As soon as Taylor’s “ape in heels” comment went viral beyond Facebook, Pamela found herself out of a job. That job was the leader of a West Virginia nonprofit firm called Clay County Development Corp., according to NBC News. The publication noted how Taylor got in trouble by venting on Facebook, trying to compliment soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump by throwing a big racist diss towards Mrs. Obama.
“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a [sic] Ape in heels.”
— Turn Tennessee Blue (@TurnTNBlue) November 14, 2016
Not only did Taylor get in trouble for calling Mrs. Obama an “ape in heels,” but Beverly Whaling — the mayor of Clay County — also got in trouble for agreeing with the Facebook post, claiming that the insult against the first lady made her day.
“Just made my day Pam.”
Folks are turning to the Pamela Ramsey Taylor Facebook page to vent, although it is not known if that Facebook page really belongs to Taylor or was simply set up in the wake of the melee, especially with posts such as the one below, which shows a side-by-side comparison of Michelle and Melania. That “Melania versus Michelle” Facebook post appeared only two weeks ago on the Facebook page with Taylor’s name on it, though it hasn’t been independently verified as belonging to Pamela.
As noted by NBC News, Whaling resigned, but now Pamela is set to come back to her job on December 23. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Taylor is heading back to the Clay County Development Corp. right before Christmas, and the news certainly did not sit well with many of those reacting on Twitter under the hashtags #PamelaTaylor and #BeverlyWhaling. Taylor’s last reported salary was $83,000 in 2014, according to the publication.
Due to the fact that the firm is the second-biggest job-giver in that county — plus the fact that the nonprofit gives services to the elderly and less fortunate — the concerns over discrimination are rampant by those reading the news that someone like Taylor would hold such a position.
Much of the feedback over Taylor’s resumption of her job involves incredulous reactions from folks who aren’t taking the news lightly. The fact that Pamela plans to resume her job after a short time away has drawn comments like the following on social media, with some calling the notion ridiculous. Other social media users are angry at the news of the job resumption for Taylor, so much so that they are urging calls be made.
Both social media accounts use the same photo of Taylor that appeared in the original and controversial “ape in heels” Facebook post.
On Facebook, even people who don’t necessarily support the politics of the Obama family have commented that the disparaging “ape in heels” comments should never be made against the first family. One such comment can be found below.
Ethan Conkwright: “I may or may not agree with the Obama’s politically, but the amount of disrespect people have showed them is insane and sickening. No one should have to put up with what Barack and Michelle Obama have.”
[Featured Image by Charles Dharapak/AP Images]