A Colorado TV presenter shares some of the hateful news she received for covering a deadly att*ck at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs over the weekend.
Ashley Michels, who worked as a reporter and anchor at FOX31 Denver for nearly a decade, shared on social media screenshots of anti-LGBTQ comments sent to her in connection with a fatal incident that left six people dead and a dozen injured after A gunman opened fire at the popular Club Q nightclub.
“Unfortunately, I have covered many mass shootings in my career,” Michels tweeted on Tuesday night.
“This is the first time I can remember getting message after message from viewers like this,” she added in a tweet that has since gone viral.
One person asked her to “stop talking about the stupid shooting at a gay club,” the person wrote, referring to the horrific night that left five people dead and more than a dozen injured.
“No matter how much you talk about it, no one will [care] about it,” the person added, asking Michels to keep her opinions to herself. “This is news, not opinion hour.”
Another viewer wrote in capital letters: “GIVE MY GOD! Others are tired of hearing about these people,” the person added. “Nothing else to report?”
Another person accused reporters of “spreading sin.”
“Will tonight’s news be another night of too much for the LGBT+ community? Remember, being gay is a sin and God forbids it.”
Several Twitter users described the responses as “absolutely shocking”, “awful” and “hateful” – while thanking Michels for “doing an important job”.
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