ATLANTA, Georgia, US (sentinel.ht) – Weather Channel Meteorologist Jen Delgado was forced to issue an on-air apology after asserting, during a forecast on Hurricane Matthew, Monday, that Haiti was deforested partly because hungry children eat trees.
While reporting on Hurricane Matthew on Monday, Delgado noted that Haiti faced additional risk because the country had fewer trees than the Dominican Republic.
“That’s because this whole area has been essentially deforested,” she explained. “They take all the trees down, the burn the trees. Even the kids there, they’re so hungry, they actually eat the trees.”
Delgado quickly felt the backlash from viewers who took to Twitter, including former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.
IGNORANT REMARKS by weatherchannel jenniferdelgado: Our Children DO NOT eat Trees, causing… https://t.co/Ak4FEBXQqC
— Laurent Lamothe (@LaurentLamothe) October 4, 2016
— Michaëlle Solages (@MichaelleSolage) October 4, 2016
Why did Jennifer Delgado have to make a "racist" or discriminatory comment about "kids in Haiti"? https://t.co/taAlSExqp3
— Jean-Junior JOSEPH (@jeanjuniorj) October 4, 2016
Jennifer Delgado seriously said on live television that Haitians eat trees because they're so hungry….Girl where did you get that ??
— allison linkous (@allisonl0127) October 5, 2016
— Carbon Roots Int'l (@CarbonRoots) October 5, 2016
New vegan recipe? A bunch of people want a Weather Channel meteorologist fired for saying Haitian kids eat trees. https://t.co/xDG7VswO1S
— Pulin Modi (@IAmTomorrow) October 5, 2016
— Ethan José (@blackimportance) October 4, 2016
Weather Channel CEO David Clark apologized after being contacted by viewer Phedra Remarais.
“We are terribly sorry for an on air error and are taking measures to correct it,” Clark wrote. “It should not have happened period.”
Eventually, Delgado would issue an apology on her Facebook page, which was lambasted by hundreds of hostile comments, and on-air.