Props to news anchor Jason Hackett for making a teachable moment out of his co-anchor’s ridiculously offensive joke.
The anchor for the morning news show at Oklahoma’s KOCO5 sat down with his colleague Alex Housden as she delivered a tearful, self-pitying monologue about how sorry she was for comparing Hackett to a gorilla during a news segment the previous day.
The remark came on Tuesday when the anchors were reporting on a story about Fin, a baby western lowland gorilla at a local zoo who went viral for recording selfie videos.
As the broadcast cut to the traffic report, Housden made a final comment to Hackett, who is black, saying:
“Kind of looks like you when you take a picture.”
Hackett paused before adding:
“Yeah it does, actually, yeah. Very close to the camera.”
Naturally, the comment sparked a wave of outrage from viewers who called into the…