Watch: Did This Reporter Just Blame Haiti's Deforestation on Tree-Eating Starving Children?

Watch: Did This Reporter Just Blame Haiti's Deforestation on Tree-Eating Starving Children?

She speaks for the trees and sounds mad racist.

Published October 4th

The tiny island of Haiti has found itself in headlines once again after Hurricane Matthew veered off course and hit the small country. This caused many meteorologists to devote segments on the news covering the anticipated devastation from the storm.

One weather woman in particular has gained some attention after making a bizarre comment about the deforestation of Haiti.

While reporting for the weather channel, meteorologist Jennifer Delgado spoke about how the lack of trees in Haiti can harm the country. 

“They take all the trees down, they burn the trees,” Delgado said. “Even the kids there, they’re so hungry they actually eat the trees.”

Needless to say, it did not take long for many people to come forward and demand an apology for the insensitive comments. 

The Weather Channel eventually released a public statement apologizing for the off-color comments. 

Haiti is known for being extremely impoverished, but that does not mean that generalizations about the people can be so confidently made (and on national television, no less). After all, there is only one Lorax, and Jennifer Delgado does not speak for the trees.

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Fernand Bibas/Getty Images)

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