A week after Megyn Kelly lost her job for saying she saw no problem with her black face, a Missouri nurse was turned down for staying black as part of her Halloween Beyonce costume.
NBC News Fired Megyn Kelly with the speed of lightning after the 47-year-old woman said in the air on October 23 that she does not see the problem with a white person wearing a black face. Now a nurse from Missouri has found the same fate. Shelbi Heenan I learned the hard way that the blackening of your skin to imitate an African-American celebrity is racist, not great and very offensive. On October 29, the nurse posted a picture on Facebook of her and a man (supposedly her boyfriend) dressed as Beyoncé, 37, and rapper husband JAY Z, 48, for Halloween, according to KCTV. As expected, the image was not well received by users of social networks.
Shelbi's photo went viral. Social network detectives contacted the hospital where she worked and, at lunchtime, Saint Luke in Lee's Summit issued a statement saying she had been fired. "On Monday afternoon, the health system of Saint Luke realized that an employee of Saint Luke's East Hospital posted photos on her personal social media accounts and another person dressed in a black face for that seems to be a Halloween event, "reads. "This information was shared with the appropriate personnel of the health system and an investigation was initiated immediately. While it is against Saint Luke's policy to comment on specific personnel matters, we can confirm that this person is no longer an employee of Saint Luke. "
The statement continued: "St. Luke is deeply committed to our culture of diversity and inclusion." It is fundamental to who we are as an organization and we protect it vigorously on behalf of all our patients and employees, and we hope that those who represent us do the same " .
Shelbi's Facebook account is no longer active and, once again, it has become a learning moment for the local community and the country in general, which blackface is offensive. It goes back to an era in the 1800s and throughout the 20th century, when minstrel shows were popular and white artists blackened their faces and exaggerated black features, while mocking African-Americans in a shocking way. As we said, it is offensive, racist and never appropriate.