Longtime Mississippi news anchor, Barbie Bassett was pulled off-air after she used a racially insensitive catchphrase by Snoop Dogg during the live broadcast.
Bassett, a popular anchor, and WLBT’s first chief meteorologist hasn’t been seen on-air since March 8 – the day she was taken off-air for her remarks.
Daily Mail reported, “Her bio no longer appears on the company’s website.”
“Bassett’s comment was during a segment that was talking about Snoop Dogg’s wine company, Cali Wine Collection- and the launch of his Snoop Cali Blanc variety.”
“Before the broadcast ended, Bassett, who is white, repeated a famous Snoop slang saying, ‘Fo shizzle, my [epithet].’”
The comment is deemed insensitive by black people.
Barbie’s latest comment came only four months after she mentioned her co-anchor Cameron Poe’s grandmother and called her “grandmammy” – a term used by African-American slaves for their grandmothers.
“At the time, Basset apologized to the viewers and her co-workers for the offensive remark during the October 2022 broadcast, calling it ‘insensitive and hurtful’ and said she was going to participate in training to ‘better understand our history and our people,” per Daily Mail.
“Last Friday on our newscast ‘Today at 11’, I used a term that was offensive to many in our audience and to my coworkers here at WLBT,” she said in her statement.
“Though not intentional, I now understand how my comment was both insensitive and hurtful. I have apologized to Carmen Poe. Now, I would like to apologize to you. That is not the heart of who I am. And for that, I humbly ask for your forgiveness, and I apologize to everyone I have offended.”
She continued, “I will learn from this and participate in training so I can better understand our history and our people. I can’t mend the hurt my comment caused. I pray you’ll forgive me and that you’ll extend grace through this awful mistake.”
The anchor’s Facebook page has removed any reference to WLBT, suggesting that she is no longer employed at the station.
“not WLBT done fired Barbie Bassett for saying “for shizzle my nizzle” one person wrote on Twitter.
“WLBT anchor Barbie Bassett has a history of using racially-charged stereotypes on air. I question the integrity of WLBT’s management. They enabled her,” a third said.
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Source: Daily Mail