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Beverly Whaling: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Michelle Obama, Ape in Heels, West Virginia Mayor, Clay West Virginia

A West Virginia mayor is under fire for agreeing with another official who called Michelle Obama an “Ape in heels.” (Getty)

Clay, West Virginia mayor Beverly Whaling has resigned after agreeing with a friend on Facebook who called Michelle Obama an “Ape in heels.” There is already a petition to have her recalled with more signatures than citizens of the town she runs.

Whaling’s friend, Pamela Ramsey Taylor, has already been placed on leave as a director at the Clay Development Corporation, a non-profit group that is not part of the local government. Whaling has since apologized for her comments and says that she is not racist. Later, The Associated Press confirmed that Whaling has resigned.

Here is a look at the controversy.


1. Taylor Wrote That She Is ‘Tried of Seeing a Ape in Heels’ as First Lady

The controversy started on November 12, when Taylor wrote a Facebook message after seeing photos of Obama talking with the new First Lady, Melania Trump. Taylor’s post read:

It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. I’m tired of seeing [an] Ape in heels.

Over an hour later, Whaling wrote, “Just made my day” in a comment on the post. A person who posted screenshots of the comments said that they should both lose their jobs.

The comments were picked up by WSAZ in West Virginia. Taylor told the station that she deleted the comment and apologized on Facebook, but her Facebook page has been deleted. Still, Taylor said that she has received death threats because of the comment and is talking with her attorneys about filing a lawsuit against those who slandered her.

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2. Taylor Has Already Been Placed on Leave

Taylor told WSAZ that she was reprimanded quickly after the post went live. On Monday, November 14, she was removed from her position. WCHS-TV reports that Taylor was placed on leave.

“While we respect Ms. Taylor’s right to free speech, we strongly oppose any form of racism or hate speech,” Joe Murphy, vice chairman of the Clay Democratic Executive Committee, told the West Virginia Gazette-Mail. “We fully support our president and the first lady.”

State Democratic Party Chairwoman Belinda Biafore also issued a statement on the controversy:

On behalf of my fellow Mountaineers I would like extend my sincerest apologies to first lady Michelle Obama. West Virginia truly is better than this. These radical, hateful, and racist ideals are exactly what we at the West Virginia Democratic Party will continue to fight against. These words and actions do not represent West Virginia values.
We will continue to fight for a West Virginia that is inclusive, not divisive and a home for all to feel safe, welcome, and protected. In a time when we are at a crossroads and many fear the future we must stand together against hate of all forms.

The Clay County Development Corporation’s Facebook page is flooded with negative reviews now. One person praised the company for firing Taylor.

“I’d like to apologize to anyone who was offended and most certainly the First Lady. I’m sorry that this happened,” Clay Councilman Jason Hubbard told WSAZ. “The Town Council would like to condemn the horrible and indecent post that is the center of the controversy. This post is an individual and isolated act. This kind of racial intolerance is not what this community is about.”

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3. Over 100,000 People Signed a Petition to Get Whaling Recalled, but Less Than 700 People Live in the City

After news of the post began to circulate, a petition on The Petition Site popped up, asking that both Taylor and Whaling lose their jobs. The petition has over 110,000 signatures. However, the city has a population of 648. The latest Census estimates show that just 9,386 live in all of Clay County, West Virginia.

The petition reads:

Clay County Development Corp. Director Pamela Taylor Ramsey posted a hateful, racially motivated statement to Facebook, which was not only liked by the Clay County Mayor Beverly Whaling, but commented on in a way that showed she agreed with her comments. Every grant and piece of paper Mrs. Taylor and Ms. Whaling have to fill out and sign promises equal opportunities and a racism free workplace.

As the Gazette-Mail notes, a recall vote would need signatures from the registered voters who live within Clay. Ultimately, the recall wasn’t needed since Whaling decided to resign.

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4. Whaling Says She Didn’t Intend for Her Message to be Seen as Racist

Ape in heels, West Virginia mayor, Beverly Whaling

Michelle Obama. (Getty)

Whaling has been in office for just over a year, taking office on July 1, 2015. Her term wasn’t supposed to end until June 30, 2019.

Whaling did issue an apology for her comment to the Washington Post, writing, “My comment was not intended to be racist at all.”

Here is Whaling’s full statement:

I would like to apologize for any unintentional harm caused by my comment. My comment was not intended to be racist at all. I was referring to my day being made for the change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me, know that I am not in any way racist! Again, I would like to apologize for this getting out of hand!

On Tuesday, Whaling resigned from her post.

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5. Donald Trump Won Clay County With Over 70 Percent of the Vote

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Donald Trump at a rally in Charleston, West Virginia. (Getty)

Trump easily won West Virginia during the general election against Hillary Clinton with 68.7 percent of the vote. Trump won every single county in the state.

In Clay County, Trump earned 77.4 percent, while Clinton earned just 19.1 percent of the vote. Clay County is located in the Southern area of West Virginia and borders Kanawha County, which includes the state capital, Charleston.

Since Trump’s election, there have been several cases of hate crimes throughout the country against minorities.

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50 comments

  1. “…Those who know me know that I’m not of any way racist,” she [Beverly Whaling] told the Post. Also, She’s not of any way insightful, either. It will be so refreshing to have a well-spoken, professional, dignified Mayor in Clay, West Virginia. I’m tired of people who claim not to be racist, while being racist. It will make my day.

  2. Mayor Beverly Whaling should *immediately* step down. She, and Pamela Remsey Taylor doNOT reflect American values of equality as espoused on the United States Constitution. Both Whaling and Taylor have shown that as public officials, or in the case of Taylor – someone who interacts with public officials as an official who works for a development corporation, are not fit to hold their current positions.

    Further, both Manning and Taylor – as operatives within and associated with government contract letting – have their entire record of dealings with the letting of contracts be investigated by the West Virginia District Attorney *and* the FBI for potential racial or other illegal bias, given their unacceptable and incredibly insulting email exchange.

  3. Not only Whaling, also all those people, who vote for this …..
    should be aware, that this kind of misjudgement cannot be accepted.
    Her words are not an excuse, It is a way of saving her position.
    She does not belong there anymore.
    Trump will make the USA small again, the prove is already there.

  4. Mayor Beverly Whaling should *immediately* step down. Any Mayor that openly talks like this needs to be removed from a public office. Totally unacceptable in the modern world.

  5. …..and people wonder why some areas are under-developed or falling behind. It might have something to do with this sort of attitude/.

  6. Michelle Obama is beauty and grace…This is a high school type comment intended to get a thumbs up from like minded “haters” . The “Trumpettes hate so easily.

  7. Well, there is evidently a lot of bitterness in these two girls. Jealousy. They probably feel plain, overweight, people probably think they are twenty years older than they are, on top of that they can’t write properly in their own language, one can say they are challenged in plenty of ways. And on top of that, the most important quality of all, kindness, is something they would not know if it hit them on the head so yes….two pathetic creatures who should be made to see the errors of their ways not with death threats but with hard work – those two should be made to work in the community (monitored obviously) with victims of bullying (who come in all color, shape and form) until they understand the concept.

    • Please, both women were Way off in their comments, yet I beleve we should be careful not to return insults. Thank you, S.H.

    • It’s probably difficult seeing a person you believe is somehow inferior to you, rise further and farther then you could ever dream of Michelle Obama, besides being a great first lady, is a beautiful, sophisticated, accomplished, brilliant woman, an attorney with degrees from two Ivy league schools, while “Flora May-Sally-Sue, and Mary-Ellen-Rotten-Crotch’s biggest accomplishments were managing to get through jr. high without getting impregnated by cousin “Cooter” or uncle “Buford.”

  8. Well, Michelle was the First Lady, something that Pamela and Beverly would never be capable to be. Oh, and an Ape is closer to the Human race than Monkeys like them, or Geese like them, or in plain American s****d b***hes like them. I am sure they are yellow-jealous of Michelle’s class and spirit.

  9. First she insults the First Lady, who is educated and classy, then does a 360 degree turn and says she is not a racist. She proved she is not an intelligent person by her comment; how was she ever elected mayor? This must be a very small town, made up of KKK members. Well to come down to her level, I saw her photo and for her to call the first lady an ape, is laughable; this person (Beverly Whaling) is overweight and unattractive and looks like a fat pig in heels. Indeed, she’s only missing a pig’s snout and ears. My apologies to myself and all intelligent Americans.

    • Hey GLORIA D., speaking of snouts, do you know why Blacks have flat monkey noses? Because that’s where God put his feet, when he was pulling off their tails.

      • @ A Democrat,

        Do you know why whites have flat asses? Because God broke his foot off in their asses for being so evil, mean and hateful. Don’t let your racism and ignorance get you knocked the f**k out.

      • You don’t read the Bible, nor know anything about God…..LOVE…..SYOP LISTENING TO WAHT OTHER PEOPLE TELL YOU READ AND STUDY….

        • Untrue American, do you know what happened, when Michelle Obama was a little girl with diarrhea? She started crying because she thought she was melting.

      • Thanks for perpetuating the ignorance spewed. Mama’s gotta be proud of your race slandering trolling. Decent people are getting lumped into your miserable existence because we share skin tone or voted Trump.

  10. Good riddance to the both of them. Their apologies were really not apologies at all. There are other good and intelligent people to do their jobs since they have shown exactly what they are both made of and certainly lack the moral character to be fit for service.

  11. We have a president who has been openly said racist and misogynistic things why should they lose their jobs when our commander in chief is just as bad?

  12. Melania is not a “dignified, beautiful woman!” She is a slutty, illegal immigrant who F*cked her way to fame and fortune and has no educational background to run a country let alone represent the United States as the First Lady. The Wikepedia lied Melania never attended a college or university in Russia. Melania’s only claim to fame is posing nude in magazines which her pay was elevated to $20,556 in one-year of modeling work meaningless. I truly do not want someone like Melania to represent the United States.However, First Lady Michelle Obama has a Harvard law degree and you Whaling just might have a state degree and barely exited the college or university, how ignorant. Also, Whaling have you taken a look in the mirror at yourself, you are UGLY and look like POOR White Trash! Difference in skin color does not give you people to feel superior to others as we are all made in the image of GOd, how ignorant are you Whaling? West Viriginia needs to disown you for representing the citizens as Mayor. Thank God you resigned “B*TCH!”

  13. Melania is not a “dignified, beautiful woman!” She is a slutty, illegal immigrant who F*cked her way to fame and fortune and has no educational background to run a country let alone represent the United States as the First Lady. The Wikepedia lied Melania never attended a college or university in Russia. Melania’s only claim to fame is posing nude in magazines which her pay was elevated to $20,556 in one-year of modeling work meaningless. I truly do not want someone like Melania to represent the United States.However, First Lady Michelle Obama has a Harvard law degree and you Whaling just might have a state degree and barely exited the college or university, how ignorant. Also, Whaling have you taken a look in the mirror at yourself, you are UGLY and look like POOR White Trash! Difference in skin color does not give you people to feel superior to others as we are all made in the image of GOd, how ignorant are you Whaling? West Viriginia needs to disown you for representing the citizens as Mayor. Thank God you resigned “B*TCH!”

  14. Social media is fantastic, opens up to more easely discover peoples ugly dark sides. Instead of being wasted and fell asleep she went to the computer and announced to the whole world – “this is who I really am – A NASTY RACIST WOMAN”. You wonder how she got to be a mayor? Is Trump the next president of the United States or have I missed something??

    • Shes,definitely a man. Most important she is an elitist witch who doesn’t give a damn about minorities. Just sticking it to the white folk and the entire country.

  15. this is unbeliveable that an “educated” woman of our time in such a position will say or write such a thing,. It makes one speechless.

  16. So let me get this straight.. 2 Democrats make racist comments on facebook and you’re insinuating that the president elect is somehow responsible? Liberal logic. SMH

  17. “Since Trump’s election, there have been several cases of hate crimes throughout the country against minorities” Yeah…there were several BEFORE the election as well. Just report the news and stop showing your bias…

  18. If your candidate won’t and you are happy, be happy, but why in the world be so hateful? Why in the world write such a post?

  19. I agree with my wife despite her having voted for Trump. Give the man a chance. BTW I am just the type of man that was supposed to have vote for Trump. White,Male,in my 50s,uneducated, Nd Republican. I voted for Hillary. I believe in choice,gay rights including marriage. I hope Trump can do what he boasts about taxes,jobs and infrastructure. I hope he does not get us into WW III. I as a former textile worker never believed NAFTA was a good idea in the first place. I have a news flash for people all people not just whites can be racists. Minorities can be and some are just as Whitey or even more. To hear some minorities talk Yahoo would think every white person on Earth is racist. Shame on you people that are attacking these 2 women based on their looks. You are just as bad as them or Trump with some of the comments that he has made about women and looks.

  20. There’s only light skin,medium skin and dark skin. White is the color of the milk and I haven’t anyone with such color.

  21. Let’s be honest, where is the free speech rights, it is just a comment like if make comprising about the ugly people nothing wrong with that unfortunaly she ‘s not a beauty lady

  22. I am the first person in the world to say that being ‘politically correct’ is way out of hand. I am completely pro speak your mind. With that said however, free speech is one thing, being an outright racist is a completely different topic! The comment made (and obviously liked by the mayor) is blatantly racist and derogatory through and through, even if posted by an average private citizen. To have this asinine comment posted and liked by public representatives is completely and utterly ridiculous! To make matters worse, if it’s possible, the mayor then states that she’s “not racist”. Call it what it is. Own your comments. You made it, and you know you meant exactly what you said. You’re a politician. You simply didn’t think more than a couple people would see the comment and now that it has blown up you’re trying to save face. Forget it, you may as well don a white robe and pointy hat, then go shove your head into some deep dark hole in the ground where you belong! I’m overjoyed to read that both no longer hold the positions that they use to. A small piece of justice served.

  23. This is what they called the people who gave Trump thevwin, non educated, non working Whites, then you allow a foreigner in the White House. IJS

  24. It’s obvious that Taylor and Whalling are racists and couldn’t hold a candle to Michele Obama. They’re pathetic apologies prove who they are and what they stand for. They’ve made it abundantly clear that they support the racist views of the president elect, who has shown us that being politically correct is wrong and being a bigot/racist is right. .

  25. I am from this town and Pamela Ramsey Taylor was put on a paid Leave of Absence but she was at the CCDC everyday since then. It’s business as usual, the CCDC met on Monday, November 21, 2016 in a secret meeting and decided that the negative attention Pamela received was enough punishment and she could remain as the Executive Director, discriminating against any she feels are beneath her, and knowing the woman, it’s at least 99.9% of the people she is supposed to be serving. I am posting anonymously for fear of retaliation, she has already targeted me for vandalism.