Shame shame shame. The guy talkin is black btw (clown). Fire both these lames… 🔥I hate to see people hatin period. This goes for anybody. Everybody don’t want yo see u win.. #Diddy #daryafolsom #henrywofford pic.twitter.com/uNCh8Dpimd
— Remix god (@Remixgodsuede) December 19, 2017
Two San Francisco Bay Area reporters have apologized for making and laughing at racially charged remarks about Sean “Diddy” Combs. Henry Wofford, a sportscaster for KRON4, dismissed the rapper’s interest in buying the Carolina Panthers. He also claimed Diddy appeared “drunk and high” in the video announcement. His colleague, Darya Folsom, laughed at the remarks.
“How can you take Diddy seriously?” said Wofford, who called into the segment, “The World According to Darya” Monday, Dec. 18. “The guy looks high right there in this video. He looks like he smoked a blunt and drank a 40. Come on, I’m not taking him seriously.”
“The problem is, I checked, Diddy is only worth $800 million and the Panthers are valued at $1 billion,” Folsom says.
“You gotta stay in your comfort zone,” Wofford added later. “If you know music, go and do your music thing.”
“What does Diddy even do?” asks Folsom.
“Diddy’s drinking and smoking right now, I told you,” Wofford responds as Folsom tilts her head back in laughter. “You can tell by looking at this video. The man was in another world.”
Many people bashed Folsom for her hearty giggling.
Darya Folsom and company managed to stereotype and make fun of a black man on national television because they don’t think he’s capable of buying an NFL team. That black man is Diddy who is worth 820 million and could probably buy the network she works on. #FireDaryaFolsom
— ☄ (@Pink_Fanatic_) December 18, 2017
You spend all of your televised segment to ridicule a black successful man in @diddy but wont shed light on the actual reason the team is selling? Because the current white majority owner is accused of Sexual Misconduct, but that's OK?
— BryantKMaxwell (@BryantKMaxwell) December 18, 2017
— ziggy (@Erv_Diggity) December 18, 2017
— Bee Johnson (@ILJ982) December 18, 2017
And when folks discovered it was Wofford who called in with the stereotypical remarks, they slammed him, too.
You got a coon name. "Henry Wofford". Stepin Fetchit type brother. You the jealous type that down your own so that you can look good in front of white people.
— Imaginary Player (@I_AM_GHOD) December 19, 2017
Yeah I saw that ! Henry Wofford or whatever…. crazy how we got brothers out here talking like a white supremacist trapped in a black persons body…
— Revolutionary Woke 👁✨ (@EchoesFromAbove) December 19, 2017
Good job shucking and jiving for the white folk. I hope massa gives you a raise on your salary! #henrywofford
— IG: mc__lovin_ (@TacosxCocaine) December 19, 2017
And #HenryWofford should be ashamed. Yall can think it's funny or ridiculous even but pulling on tired stereotypes is even more ridiculous.
— S.Rai (@Suga_Sunshine) December 18, 2017
Wofford posted a tweet saying the comment was taken out of context.
His account is also deactivated and on Tuesday, Dec. 19, he made an on-air apology.
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“I have no one to blame but myself,” he says. “I want to offer a sincere apology to everyone I offended during our morning newscast yesterday. … Although it was said in an attempt to be funny, I realize insinuating a person may be drunk or on drugs is nothing to joke about. For that, I sincerely apologize to Mr. Combs, his fans and everyone who was offended. Dozens of Diddy’s twitter followers have accused me of playing on racial stereotypes. Please realize that was not my goal. But I understand my comments had that impact and for that, I sincerely apologize.”
Wofford added that his comment was not meant to diminish all of Diddy’s accomplishments as a media mogul. The MC is worth $820 million according to Forbes and has huge investments in Aquahydrate water and DeLeon tequila, as well as a stake in Revolt TV.
Folsom has also issued a brief apology.
“I am sorry for entertaining his comments and sorry for my response and how I handled the conversation,” she said in a statement on KRON4’s website. “Those who have watched me on KRON4 for the past 19 years know that my response was not reflective of my personal views, integrity or character nor typical of my professionalism. To those who found my comments or reaction offensive, I hear you and I am sorry for my handling of the topic, my comments and the impression I made.”
But folks aren’t satisfied with the anchors’ apologies.
@kron4news that apology was shit! #HenryWofford wanted to remind us of who #Diddy is for his apology? and for #DaryaFolsom I am still disgusted how we all had to pay Majority attention to Henry and his apology and she only gave us 30sec of her time to say she is sorry.
— Dontee (@Ayypoop) December 19, 2017
Here’s the weak apology @DaryaKRONFolsom published this morning on the @kron4news website. I see her Twitter has “mysteriously” disappeared yet she is still employed by the station.
— Inemesit Etokudo (@InemesitEtokudo) December 19, 2017
I mean did the news reporter’s apology help him take Diddy more seriously? We don’t care if he doesn’t take Diddy seriously 😂 I bet Diddy bank accountants take him seriously tho
— Princess Lolly (@AmbieeJojo) December 19, 2017
You’re intent is the problem, and this BS apology shows the lack of professionalism on your part. Unless both you and that coward “journalist” #DrayaFolsom have been hiding under a rock, the world knows what @Diddy does these days.
— Veronica 🎗 (@meangirl1) December 19, 2017