Outrage ensued after a Fox reporter allegedly wrote an insensitive comment regarding the choke hold death of Eric Gardner. Erika Reidt is a freelance reporter for Fox Deportes. According to BuzzFeed News, Reidt commented on an Instagram picture of Kobe Bryant wearing a shirt with the words â€œI Canâ€™t Breatheâ€ written on the front. ” I can’t breathe” are the last words Eric Garner said after being put in a choke hold that ultimately claimed his life. The phrase has become popular among those protesting police brutality. Reidt apparently was not a fan of the phrase, and she expressed that by writing,
â€œIâ€™m gonna start wearing a shirt that says ‘I can breathe because I obey the law,’â€
Needless to say, backlash occurred immediately. People were enraged by what she said. Her Twitter and Instagram accounts were flooded with angry comments. One person tweeted, â€œHey @FOXDeportes, curious if you were aware your correspondent @ErikaReidt uses social media to victim blame.â€ Another user said on Instagram â€œWhat a stupid comment, I hope you lose your job.”
The Fox reporter went straight into damage control mode saying, â€œI want to clarify in regards to the comment about Eric Garner, my account was hacked & apparently that comment was posted without my consent.”
The public wasn’t falling for the ” I’ve been hacked ” excuse, citing that after the initial comment was posted, she thanked someone for defending it. A comment that she claimed was posted by a hacker.
Even though it was clear that no one was buying what she was selling, she attempted to empathize with the disgruntled mob. She claimed that she understood racism and how they felt because she grew up “in the hood”. She wrote, â€œI was raised in the hood and know the struggles our minority communities go through. I pray we become the system and abolish all racism.â€
Sharing her childhood ghetto memories didn’t do the trick because shortly after that, Fox Deportes announced that they had suspended Reidt pending an investigation into her comments.
The news channel tweeted,â€œFOX Deportes is investigating the comments made by freelancer Erika Reidt and has suspended her until further notice.â€
It seems nowadays if you want to keep your job, you should stay away from posting your opinion about sensitive issues on social media. Well, unless you are a political blogger of course. Maybe my boss will give her a job; it looks like she might be needing one soon.