February 24, 2016

Is this "controversy" over NS weather reporters the stupidest "public shaming" fiasco ever?

Justin TobinRebel Blogger

Cindy Day is arguably the main meteorologist of CTV Atlantic, so she is very well known in my province of Nova Scotia.

She even engages with her fans on social media. Unfortunately, last week Cindy’s Facebook engagement ignited a firestorm of hateful and derogatory words directed at her. The outrage became so extreme that an online petition was created to have her fired from CTV.   

Here's the backstory:

A rival weather reporter, Frankie MacDonald, is a YouTuber who is probably just as well known as Cindy Day, at least among my millennial generation.

Now let’s face it: Talking about the weather is boring. I don’t even watch Cindy Day on television. I’ll visit The Weather Network’s website for my information instead.

But Frankie is far from boring. He makes weather-reporting fun, with his passionate shouting and his ominous – albeit exaggerated -- warning: “Be prepared!”

Frankie's videos have garnered over 17 million views since his channel’s creation in 2011, and he has over 70,000 subscribers.

For the purposes of this story, it is also important to note that Frankie is autistic.

So, what did Cindy Day do wrong?  

She made innocent comments pertaining to Frankie MacDonald on Facebook.

The comments have since been deleted, but I was able to find screenshots, courtesy of The Coast.

On Cindy Day’s Facebook page, a person with an obvious preference for Frankie’s reporting commented, “I like Frankie, but thanks for your update!”

Cindy Day responded to this by writing, “Frankie was over the top with a huge storm for tomorrow. Pretty quiet now.” Cindy ended this statement with a “wink” emoticon.

Later she added:

“I hope people realize that he is not a meteorologist.”

And that's true, whereas Cindy Day herself has a degree in meteorology from McGill University. She has worked for Environment Canada, studying the atmosphere and making educated predictions for Canadian drivers and travellers.  

Contrary to popular belief among ignoramuses, Cindy Day isn’t just some woman standing in front of a green screen, reciting a script that somebody else wrote. Cindy Day is the real deal.

While Frankie MacDonald is arguably more entertaining and fun to watch than Cindy Day, ironically, he would not have his weather information to present to us if it wasn’t for Cindy Day and other working meteorologists.

In any event, Facebook commenters began calling her a number of vile names, and asked her how it feels to have committed career suicide.

People made memes of her comments without showing their context, even going so far as to accuse her of making fun of a “mentally challenged man.”

All she did was state a fact. Frankie is not a meteorologist. He is as much a meteorologist as I am a physician.

The meme on the petition page screaming for Cindy Day’s removal from CTV shows her commenting, “Ok, so if you want to discuss other “people’s” weather, do it with them please. thanks!”

People took Cindy Day’s putting the word "people’s" in quotation marks as her way of arguing that Frankie MacDonald is not a real person.


She cleared that up on Facebook, writing:

“I used the word 'people' because the weather comes from many sources, many are not meteorologists. I was not even referring to Frankie. There are so many other sources out there: some legit others not. That’s all I was saying.”

The meme even shows a comment that Frankie MacDonald posted to his own Facebook page over a month BEFORE the Cindy Day comments:

“I Ignore Negative and Rude Comments all the Time on YouTube and my Weather Reports same with liveleak and I don’t read any negative comments at all.”

But the vulnerable masses thought this was directed at Cindy Day.

Cindy Day even posted a public apology on her Facebook page, and made a post about a pleasant phone call she had with Frankie MacDonald after the uproar that resulted from her innocent comments.

If I were in her shoes, I wouldn’t have apologized. She has nothing to apologize for.

Despite the public apology, people still wouldn’t let it go, and hateful remarks still continue to this day.

It’s important to note that Frankie MacDonald didn’t take offense to the comments made by Cindy Day.

To you social justice warriors out there defending these attacks on Cindy Day:

I challenge you to find me anything that Cindy said or wrote that is ignorant, and anything that indicates that she made fun of a mentally challenged man, or bullied somebody with autism.

I would also like you to educate yourself on Autism Spectrum Disorder. You will find that autism is not mental retardation. Many computer programmers are autistic, and they often have a keen interest in one specific subject, like Frankie MacDonald does with weather.

So, instead of getting into a rage over non-problems, focus your energy on the REAL problems our country is facing, like an inadequate healthcare system, government overspending on social services. And specifically to the people of Cape Breton, who are living in perhaps the most economically depressed part of Canada:

Why not channel your rage over innocent comments made by Cindy Day into doing something to help fight our failing economy?

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commented 2016-02-28 16:51:25 -0500
Political correctness over nothing, in these end times—-check out Isaiah 29 : 21
commented 2016-02-26 07:05:39 -0500
Too many people with F-all to do and all day to do it.
commented 2016-02-25 14:52:17 -0500
Jeeze Louise! when are people going to realize that apologizing for these non crimes and emotive, invented offences is the absolute worst thing you could do!
commented 2016-02-25 01:28:19 -0500
Ivan you are right on the money the lazy self important idiots think they are doing their part for the world by attacking in social media so they can act like they have done their part and let everyone else do the heavy lifting.
commented 2016-02-24 21:49:10 -0500
Social media isn’t enjoyable anymore. Its become a mine field. You don’t know if/when your comment will blow up in your face.
commented 2016-02-24 17:12:13 -0500
The truth is she probably was right on board with these “social justice” types, if not directly then by her apathy or silent consent every time something like this popped up in the news and she thought “good” or didn’t pay attention at all.

They’ll come for all of us one day, and the only way to be safe is to tell them to f#<£ off as soon as possible BEFORE it happens.
commented 2016-02-24 17:00:51 -0500
The so called “Social Media Justice Court” can just fuck right off…Crucifying people and destroying their lives before they have their day in a real court makes my blood boil.
commented 2016-02-24 17:00:50 -0500
The so called “Social Media Justice Court” can just fuck right off…Crucifying people and destroying their lives before they have their day in a real court makes my blood boil.
commented 2016-02-24 16:39:30 -0500
The internet can be an inhospitable place. If you are going to comment on anything anywhere, BE PREPARED as Frankie would say. Mostly ignore it. Apologising in most cases just shows the online enemy your soft underbelly. Re-explain if necessary and you feel like, but own what you said. An apology is usually used against you anyway. (we all know when someone deserves an apology for something we’ve said, and of course save them for those instances) Trolls who spend all their time taking things people say out of context in an attempt to ‘catch’ them saying something not socially/politically correct are losers living in basements of family members anyway.

Take a lesson from The Donald, own what you say, push back if someone tries to tell you that you are a bad person for saying it, and save the apologies for your mother. Bullies are emboldened by any show of uncertainty. Just like in the school yard, if you let a bully win today, he will be back to bully you tomorrow. Only it will be worse. It happens in spades on the internet.
commented 2016-02-24 16:23:00 -0500
So she will make the obligatory apology

The world will continue to turn and the social warriors will commence looking for another poor sucker to terrorize

That is why social media is becoming so “anti social”
commented 2016-02-24 15:38:10 -0500
I once called Frankie one of “those Nova Scotia inbreds” and I took a beating on youtube. I didn’t care of course. I did find him annoying in his “reporting” however he didn’t have a problem with my negative remarks. I respect him more than I respect the PC crowd that came out to berate me. I’m good with it. But please remember that if you put it on the internet, it’ll gather both positive and negative responses. It was fun getting the SJW all riled up though. That said, Frankie, you still are one annoying “weatherman” always shouting and repeating yourself over and over makes you look retarded when coupled with your autism. You are probably not a bad person though otherwise. Cheers to you Frankie but please forgive me for opting out of your youtube BS.
commented 2016-02-24 13:20:31 -0500
Internet bullies and their disgusting regressively/progress agenda. Innocent comment but the morons will gather in mass to attack. Those dweebs are always looking for a victim.
commented 2016-02-24 12:05:56 -0500
Oh, let me tell you why they’re not focusing on more substantive problems. Because that would take real effort. Whining about stuff on the Internet is easy, doing stuff is hard. I weep for the future.