Barbara Ciara of WTKR 3 news in Virginia and North Carolina is not here for petty complaints. The 38-year veteran reporter recently delivered a glorious clap back after a viewer insulted her jewelry, insinuating that it was gaudy. From the viewer;
“All the female reporters and anchors wear litlle [sic] to no jewelry but B Ciara wears the biggest and worst jewelry I have ever seen, please have her play by all same rules as every one else.”
Ciara responded on her professional Facebook page;
This is an email I opened from a gentleman viewer after our broadcast last night typos and all–
“All the female reporters and anchors wear litlle to no jewelry but B Ciara wears the biggest and worst jewelry I have ever seen, please have her play by all same rules as every one else.”
And this is how I replied:
Thank you so much for watching News 3.
I read your email with a great deal of interest. On a day where a multi-million dollar lawsuit was filed against one of our regional jails, A Navy Seal lost his life during training, The Mayor of Suffolk delivered her state of the city address, and an overlooked neighborhood in the East End of Newport News finally gets a grocery store– you noticed my jewelry.
Perhaps you are correct, you are so distracted you didn’t hear a word I said.
Have a blessed day,
Celebrating 38 years in Broadcasting #beenaroundtoolongtobebullied
It is refreshing to see a black woman news anchor so unapologetic, given the pressures they face to toe the line between (sometimes) culturally insensitive audiences who nitpick their appearance, and station bosses who might not have their backs. Last year a black news anchor made headlines for telling a news intern to straighten her natural hair to “please everybody.” And in 2012 25-year news veteran Rhonda Lee who was fired from her station for responding respectfully to a viewer who insulted her natural hair.
What do you think of Ciara’s clap back?