Mayor resigns over Michelle Obama 'ape in heels' post

NEW YORK - The mayor of a town in the US state of West Virginia has resigned after she was caught up in a controversy over racist comments about Michelle Obama.

Beverly Whaling had appeared to applaud a Facebook post referring to Mrs Obama as an "ape in heels".

She wrote that the post had made her day, but later said she was referring to the election outcome.

A petition calling for the mayor's resignation had gathered over 170,000 signatures.

Ms Whaling was the mayor of the town of Clay, which has a population of just 491.

The town has no African American residents, according to the 2010 census. In Clay County as a whole, more than 98% of its 9,000 residents are white.

Ms Whaling had responded to a Facebook post by Pamela Ramsey Taylor, a local resident who runs a non-profit group in Clay County, which referred to the first lady as an "ape".

"It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a Ape in heels," Ms Taylor wrote.

Ms Whaling responded with "just made my day Pam".

Comments (12)

Good. Hope she never works again.

Ferdinand Berkhof - 16 November 2016

stupid American women a Trump supporter, racist with no morals

Murozvi weMbire - 16 November 2016

but why do people do such things we a no longer in the old days man

patrick chinongwa - 16 November 2016

Well dear racist white trash de ape in heels has been where you are never going to the White House not once but twice so suck it

Innocent Chokureva - 16 November 2016

The President of Zimbabwe is always making racists comments towards whites and no one reprimands or is there an outcry from the generality of zimbabweans

Chamboko - 17 November 2016

491 and 98% of 9000 population. tis does not make sense!

ab - 17 November 2016

@Chamboko. What exactly do you imply in your post ?

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 17 November 2016

Racists come in all shapes and colours...but usually they are always to be avoided. They will always be around because as Einstein pointed out, there are only 2 things that are infinite: the universe and human stupidity - and he was not sure about the former.

Nabu - 18 November 2016

ab read the story again, 491 is for the town and 9000 is for the county

nana - 18 November 2016

the white Mayor should have known that not all apes black in colour/complexion. i often watch NAT GEO, have seen white apes and there are no better than their black cousins

nelson Ndlovu - 22 November 2016

That should be expected from typical uneducated, thick, stupid and primitive white americans

nhamoinesu - 22 November 2016

Brothers white [people will never ever like black people at times i support Bob these white people they like man like Bob if you go RSA YoU will believe me

Chatambudza - 25 November 2016

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