April 17, 2021

Local D.C. Fox anchor suspended for ‘fat-phobic’ remarks

In an age when there are actually people who are offended by Mr. Potato Head having a male or female gender, it’s shocking that there are news reporters who still make — easily avoidable — career-ending social media posts.

According to The Hill, the latest example of a news anchor finding himself in hot water was Blake McCoy, a Washington, D.C. Fox-affiliate anchor who was just suspended after he published a now-deleted Twitter post in which he was critical of the fact that “obese people of all ages” were eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination before essential workers.

The crazy thing is that it’s not as if he slipped up while live, on-air, which can happen to the best of us. McCoy went out of his way to essentially fat-shame all obese people standing in line waiting to receive their vaccinations, and the backlash was swift and harsh.

“I truly regret my words and want to apologize,” McCoy said, but many called into question McCoy’s level of sincerity in his apology, as it was revealed in a back-and-forth exchange with another Twitter user that he deleted his original post for one specific reason.

“I deleted because, frankly, who has the time to argue with strangers on the internet,” his response said. Of course, most tweets from anyone even remotely famous are archived, as you can see in the tweet below.

McCoy’s issue was apparently with the fact that many states are prioritizing people with pre-existing medical conditions, who statistically have a higher chance of having a more difficult time fighting off the virus, for the COVID-19 vaccine. Those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more qualify for higher-priority in Washington D.C. with regard to reserving a vaccination appointment.

According to People, Fox 5 spokesperson Erica Keane didn’t specify how long McCoy was suspended. “Blake McCoy has been suspended from WTTG-FOX 5 pending further review,” Keane said in a statement.

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42 Responses

  1. Blake McCoy apologized because no one laughed at his UNFUNNY JOKE. He needs to learn kindness and fair-
    ness. Maybe theres people out that thinks , he needs an old fashioned gag over his big mouth. At best someone
    needs to break his tweeting finger. Instead of kicking President Trump off twitter, maybe twitter needs to remember
    their own rules about offensive tweets.They won’t chastise this reporter of course. As we all know the rules are for
    President Trump, not members of the media.

      1. Listen, the roll out of the vaccine is like everything else the Government does, pizz poor. I hope I am wrong but I feel that the Democrats and the people in the swamp, who most work at the WH now, are trying to see if they can drag this “DOOM AND GLOOM” thing out till the 2022 midterm election so as to push the mail in voting Thing again. We can not stand for that.

    1. Sad Day in America, a person can no longer express How that person feels. It’s a form of communication. Maybe you don’t like how he/she feels about a certain subject. At least you know how he feels. A Great Person once said, “Let’s just Let this be YOUR Problem”

  2. I get where he’s coming from. It isn’t the nicest thing to say but the essential workers shouldn’t be superseded. They can’t stay home or away from people, that’s their job. I am more than 30% BMI and I sure would not want to go ahead of essential workers. A persons weight shouldn’t dictate that.

  3. The man should be entitled to his own opinion and be allowed to voice it without losing his job. Me, I’m obese, if he wants the shot he is welcome to get in front of me. I couldn’t care less about the shot.

    1. My sentiment exactly.
      My BMI is over 30 and I am 75 years old and…
      I will happily give my shot to who ever wants it.

      1. When you give away your shot will you also be willing to pull the trigger?
        The left is trying to gain control over everyone – one shot at a time. I think there is enough evidence of no proof it will work, or it may work badly to justify waiting – at least for me.

  4. What has happened to our country when you can’t say obese. I was a nurse and many times I saw on a patients chart that the doctor had written a note that said that the patient was obese; other charts that the patient was thin. Also, you would see a chart that said that the patient was frail. You could get an idea what a person looked like when the doctor described them. There was nothing negative in the doctors notes. Why are we so touchy.

  5. Now,now,now,he should know that only leftist,liberal”D’s”can give an opinion,conservatives can’t,but I will.The people that decide who gets this”stuff”have their priorities”screwed up”.I don’t care Iwon’t take that vaccine anyway.Who really knows whats in it.

    1. He said nothing wrong.
      The government shot I will not get.
      The mask thing is a placebo for all the sheep.
      Democrats are STUPID FEARMONGERS
      if you get sick its between you and Jesus. So masks off get back to work.

      1. Jerry, I agree 100% with you. This is a scam to destroy the economy of the world and especially the USA! The One World Order is the main agenda being foisted on those who prefer to act like sheep. Some people would rather do mundane things like stare at their phones, to see if they are popular or not, than to think for themselves and question the establishment.

  6. Blake spoke what was on his mind ,in a way he is right , ,I am slightly obese because I do not exercise and that is my fault ,,couch potatoes need to exercise more , weight should be regulated by the individual who over eats ,why should a lazy person be able to jump the line because he or she over indulges with food ,it`s negligence on their part ,exactly the same should go for drug addicts ,a person who mistreats their own body should be held accountable ,I should know ,I have been on both sides of these problems , my problem stems from people who jump the line before seniors of every race, we should have a priority of people who go first but that is not we see in our greedy society of today ,I am a vet and will be turning 60 real soon, I also smoke ,my faults , shouldn`t be overlooked when in reality ,I would in half a heartbeat give my vaccination to a more deserving person of age, illness ,and many other categories I can not blame everybody else for my faults ,so seniors ,step right up and let the show begin ,those who cheat ,get to the back of the line ,sport stars and Hollywood actors should be ashamed of themselves

  7. Isnt the question. Were they obese? If they were enlighten me as to the problem. He dudnt lie. If he said they were skinny would it be a problem ? Beyond them getting ahead of the front lines!

  8. Well if your talking about obese people getting the covid shot I would be talking about imagrents an people in prison getting it before the other people. An let’s talk about imagrents if Biden wants let him take them to DC and his home state.

  9. This government are very sick. Ot’s like watching a cartoon. They attack a Pancake name, then a puppet, Mr. Potato Head, names of sport teams and who knows what else. Please explain how any of those things and statues hurt anyone. It’s a material item. WTF is wrong with people.

  10. You want the shot? How about telling Chris Cuomo to get in front of you to get the shot first! I will bet you he won’t! The way I see it nobody has prove anything about the coronavirus! I don’t trust the media! Not even Dr Fauci! Man can’t even stick with the truth! Who else change words or mind a lot? Every dam DEMONcrat! Even Obama is a liar!

  11. if he is guilty then biden , hunter, harris, nancy , chuckie are all guilty of treason and should be in Leavenworth

  12. It’s called tough love some people can’t handle the truth. Come on now participation trophies all around trying is good enough. This falls into the same line of thinking that erodes American society. If you want slavery reparations please take that from the 1% who actually may have profited from it. As far as that goes anyone who has profited from hurting the environment pay reparations too. The same things that they want to Outlaw they got rich from now no one else can profited from it. It’s a way of the rich protecting themselves from anyone else giving them any competition. America is upside down and we have the Democrats to blame for it. America can’t be put into a communist box which they will soon see that the American Spirit just as the Wild Spirit cannot be contained by communism. God Bless America God’s will be done.

    1. Of course it is because they are fat, great big, wide stretched, off the scale, break the scale, drive a truck instead of a car, can’t get into a size 50, and you want a shot in the arm, to save your life while you, are trying to kill yourself.


  14. Democrat Secretaries of State and partisan judges illegally changed election law???? I wish to make a correction, everyone keeps saying the democrats changed the election laws. Well! I for one disagree, they did not change the election laws. we need to call things as they are, they could not change the laws because that is give to the state legislatures by the constitution, so the only way they could change the law was for them to break the laws. Now for those that don’t understand what this means, is that These people committed a criminal act, by circumventing the legislature. This means that these people must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  15. Biden should be arrested for endangering US citizens, by allowing illegal immigrants into the country to spread diseases during the pandemic. This is a criminal act and Biden should be impeached a long with Harris, who is an accessory to the fact.

  16. It’s not politically or socially correct to point this out but he does have a point. Quite a few Obese people have serious mental and/or physical problems and cannot be blamed for their condition but yes there are others, probably most who are lazy and just plain eat too much of the wrong thing.

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