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Weather Channel Backs Down From Fight With Gay Texas Councilmember

joel9023The Weather Channel just learned the hard way that you don’t mess with Texas. Specifically, don’t mess with former Fort Worth City Councilmember Joel Burns.

Burns, you will recall, shot to fame a few years ago after a moving “It Gets Better” speech. Since then, he’s kept a steady hand on local politics, working to keep Fort Worth strong and proud and pleasant, up until his resignation a this month to attend a political program at Harvard.

Today’s kerfuffle started small. For the last few weeks, the Weather Channel app was displaying a picture of Dallas instead of Fort Worth, and that rubbed Burns the wrong way. He tweeted at them a few times that they were using the wrong image. They ignored him until he finally tweeted in exasperation, “I SWEAR I’m deleting your aggravating app if you don’t STOP SHOWING DALLAS pics for Fort Worth.”

The Weather Channel’s baffling response: “Sorry to see you go. Good luck on ending bullying.”

Now that seems awfully sarcastic and bitchy, but it’s so hard to tell on the internet. Maybe they really meant it sincerely? Who can say.

Two hours later, the channel was in damage control mode, tweeting, “we apologize for our reply this morning. Our response was inappropriate & we’re taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

For his part, Joel isn’t too bent out of shape about the tweet.

“I don’t need, nor do I want them to call me directly,” he told Queerty. “What I would like to have happen out of this…I’d like them to be more accurate in their app in their portrayal of Fort Worth.”

That’s certainly a reasonable request. It’s nice that he hasn’t lost sight of what this little dispute was all about in the first place: their incorrect images, and then refusal to respond when he pointed out that they were wrong.

“My other suggestion is that they… be able to show that they’re supportive of anti-bullying efforts,” he went on. That’s also pretty reasonable. How about it, Weather Channel?

Joel’s third request is that the Weather Channel visit Fort Worth to broadcast a weathercast from a park downtown.

“I want to be friends, I want to be supportive of them,” Burns told Queerty. “I’d be happy to be a grip or a gaffer…I’ll hold a green screen if they need someone to.”

By:           matt baume
On:           May 12, 2014
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  • 5 Comments
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      Texas HOMOS, take over the D.E.K.C.U.F UP state and the Christian with it get read of them and start a country.

      May 12, 2014 at 6:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PeterPiperBoy
      PeterPiperBoy

      @Mezaien: – Not gonna happen!!!

      May 12, 2014 at 7:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Desert Boy
      Desert Boy

      I have Direct-TV and Weather Nation. The Weather Channel sucks. Don’t miss it at all.

      May 13, 2014 at 2:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • philipj999
      philipj999

      @Desert Boy: If you have Direct TV you have the Weather Channel. It returned to the line up in April.

      May 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Keebler ILF
      Keebler ILF

      This is typical of corporations. They don’t respond until you threaten
      to stop doing business with them.

      Everytime I tune to The Weather Channel, to see what the weather is locally and nationally, all I see is some show about how destructive
      weather can be. It’s ironic that I can’t get the current weather on TWC.

      May 14, 2014 at 3:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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