There are especially sensitive people out there who take offense to just about any comment others make. But this really takes the cake.
So, this guy Bryce Williams, whose real name was Vester Lee Flanagan, claimed that Alison Parker as well as others had made racist comments. It was this overall racist atmosphere that led Williams to file a lawsuit against the network, and that lawsuit ended up being dismissed. That must have really ticked off Williams.
What was it that people were saying that made him so irate? Get a load of this, from the New York Post:
Trevor Fair, a 33-year-old cameraman at WDBJ for six years, said that the words Parker used are commonplace but that they would routinely set Flanagan off.
“We would say stuff like, ‘The reporter’s out in the field.’ And he would look at us and say, ‘What are you saying, cotton fields? That’s racist,’ ” Fair recounted.
“We’d be like, ‘What?’ We all know what that means, but he took it as cotton fields, and therefore we’re all racists.”
“This guy was a nightmare,” Fair said. “Management’s worst nightmare.”
Flanagan assumed everything was a jab at his race, even when a manager brought in watermelon for all employees.
“Of course, he thought that was racist. He was like, ‘You’re doing that because of me.’ No, the general manager brought in watermelon for the entire news team. He’s like, ‘Nope, this is out for me. You guys are calling me out because I’m black.’ ”
Flanagan even declared that 7-Eleven was racist because it sold watermelon-flavored Slurpees.
“It’s not a coincidence, they’re racist,” he allegedly told Fair.
Everyone knows what “out in the field” means. If you’re a sales rep who’s out in the field, that means you’re not at your office desk, and that you’re out meeting with potential clients. I used to work materials testing at an engineering firm. If you were out in the field, that meant you were monitoring and testing at a construction site. Otherwise, you were at the office, working in the lab. A detective who’s out questioning people at a crime scene and gathering evidence is out in the field, because he’s not at his desk doing paper work.
But leave it to this guy to read into everything and think that every word that was spoken by others was some sort of attack or “micro-aggression” toward him based on his own self-centered stream-of-consciousness thought patterns: “Out in the fields, you say? That reminds me of cotton fields, which makes me think of black slaves in the South and their oppressive white masters. That makes me think of racism. You’re a racist!”
Here’s another little tidbit from the New York Post:
At Flanagan’s house in Roanoke, cops found evidence that he was a self-absorbed slob who indulged in gay porn in his spartan living space.
They found unwashed sex toys, cat feces and several pictures of himself on his refrigerator, according to the Daily Mirror.
Hm. Not a pretty picture.