Baltimore TV Anchor Fired after Controversial Question about Black Women Mayors
An anchorwoman from Baltimore TV station WJZ was fired after she asked a question on air which is perceived to be racist and biased.
During one of her live interviews, Mary Bubala was speaking to Loyola University Maryland Professor Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead. During their conversation, the topic of a recent political scandal involving the resignation of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh came to light.
WJZ anchor Mary Bubala is no longer with the station. "The station apologizes to its viewers for her remarks.” https://t.co/KDSKPIJxZZ— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) May 7, 2019
Bubala asked Whitehead if she thought it was finally time for a change. While there may be nothing wrong with asking this question, she began implying that the change needed to come because of the repetition of having female and African-American mayors in power.
.@wjz is @marybubala's racist question ok with you? “We’ve had 3 female, African-American mayors in a row. They were all passionate public servants, 2 resigned though. Is it a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore forward?” https://t.co/dZDaXi7QXq— Evan Serpick (@Serps) May 3, 2019
“We’ve had three female, African-American mayors in a row. They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Is this a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?”
A different take on the issue
While Bubala could've thought that Whitehead was going to agree with her, she ended up getting rejected. On air, the professor said that having three female African-American mayors and two of them resigning does not mean that a different kind of leadership was needed.
After the controversial interview, she spoke to the Baltimore Sun newspaper to elaborate on her thoughts.
“The current conversations around leadership in Baltimore are challenging, emotional, and at times include layers of racism and sexism. There is an assumption that since three black women have served as mayor — and the city has not entirely changed for the better — then perhaps black women are not fit to lead this city. No one can ask racially biased questions in the public sphere — including in the media — without being held accountable.”
Call to Action
Her remarks prompted quick action from her news channel, as people were angered by her comments.
@marybubala Maybe a different type of political view may be needed for Baltimore but you clearly stated race. Care to elaborate or can I call a spade, a spade😒— MissUnderstood (@PoeticSoultry1) May 4, 2019
Soooooo this happened following the resignation of #Baltimore Mayor #CatherinePugh. URGH!🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♂️🤷🏾♀️🤷🏾♂️ I'm not even sure I want to hear the excuse for this. I'm cringing and cursing🤬. (Reposting 📹video from @AndreShowell) pic.twitter.com/DPZfdnedFP— Nicki Mayo (@nickimayonews) May 3, 2019
Baltimore WJZ then blasted an e-mail to different media outlets, saying the controversial news anchor was no longer an employee of theirs. They proceeded to apologize about her remarks, as they have been receiving a ton of backlash because of it.
“Mary Bubala is no longer a WJZ-TV employee. The station apologizes to its viewers for her remarks.”
She is now trying to restore her reputation, hoping to have a fresh start despite this issue.