The United States of America’s constitution affords its citizens the right to the freedom of speech, allowing individuals the ability to say whatever they like about whomever they choose without facing sanction from the government. The freedom of speech does not mean, however, that an individual is free from the consequences of that speech. These consequences can come in many forms from other citizens who use their freedom of speech against those with whose speech they disagree, and can be levied either through social or financial means which one bank manager from Alabama is learning the hard way. Recently a vice president of loan operations with Regions Bank was discovered to have made disparaging remarks about First Lady Michelle Obama, and the remarks she made spread like wildfire across the Internet prompting the bank to take action against her. All of this was perfectly legal and exactly the way in which the founders of the United States intended it to be.
June Pridmore wrote on Facebook:
I voted him (Trump) in. I like him. He has a beautiful wife unlike the ugly and embarrassing woman (for lack of a better word), in the White House now. Ms. Trump’s face would make Michele O’Bama a Sunday face. I’m certainly glad he has a lot of money because she he won’t be bought out like Barack , socialist Muslim O’Bama or his wife or all those host of relatives they have in the whitehouse (sic) for US to support.
They have sponged the US of money flying to every single location in which they could vacation, taking the Grandmother with them. ….Oh yes, and let us NOT forget they flew the family dog on a SEPARATE plane. If any idiot out there thinks that is justified, you deserved him as president.
Read the full rant below:
In response to the outrage of Pridmore’s comments, she was fired. A spokesman for the company said, “We appreciate the concerns shared about offensive social media comments that were made through an associate’s personal Facebook account. We want you to know that we share those concerns. Those comments do not reflect our values as a company or the way we do business. The associate is no longer an employee of the company.”
This has been your lesson on free speech. Be careful what you share on social media.