Usually there is outrage when someone curses on live TV, along with demands of firings and fines.
However, there has been a web-based backlash against Bismark, North Dakota TV station KFYR-TV for firing A.J. Clemente, who accidentally cursed at the beginning of a live newscast, reports CBS Seattle.
Sunday afternoon was Clemente's first day on the job when he said to himself “f*cking s*it” to start the newscast (video below).
On Sunday night, news anchor Van Tieu apologized for Clemente's profanity saying "he did not know his mic was on" (video below).
Clemente tweeted on Twitter on Monday that he was fired: "Rookie mistake. I’m a free agent. Can’t help but laugh at myself and stay positive. Wish I didn’t trip over my 'Freaking Shoes' out of the gate.”
“He did not realize his microphone was on, but still, that’s no excuse,” Monica Hannan, KFYR-TV's news director, said in a statement. “We train our reporters to always assume that any microphone is live at any time. Unfortunately, that was not enough in this case. We can’t take back what was said.”
Following the firing, Clemente's supporters posted on KFYR-TV’s Facebook page.
“The entire country will now judge your station by your actions in this young man’s case. You will be harshly judged for that one error,” wrote Philip Chua.
Adam Kyle posted: “I wish you would reconsider your decision to fire AJ. His response and reaction to all of this has been mature and well measured. He has probably won many people over with his humility.”
Tm Black wrote: "This is kind of hilarious in its own way. I have never been so interested in any local news but the outcry to give AJ a break and the fact that KFYR is blatantly ignoring it has become must watch Facebook."
"I think we're all adults and are quite capable of getting over it. It's a non-issue. You don't incorporate profanity in your newscasts, and everyone makes a mistake now and again, so let them off the hook and proceed as normal. We can all have a sympathetic chuckle. (And feel a little better about our own goofs.)," stated Lynn Vahey Holoway.
There is also an "I Support AJ" Facebook page.
Clemente was overwhelmed from the support and stated: “Thanks again for everyone that is supporting me. Friends, family and even the creative humor tweets.”