TV Station Apologizes for 'Dancing With the Stars' Ferguson Tweet
Viewers didn't appreciate the ABC affiliate's message
A TV station in Tennessee has apologized for a tweet it sent while airing the verdict on Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
WTVC, Chattanooga's ABC affiliate, preempted Dancing With the Stars on Monday with the announcement that a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Wilson in the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown.
The station posted a tweet during Monday's news report to inform viewers that Dancing With the Stars would resume shortly. The tweet has since been deleted, but multiple sources report it as reading: "Don't worry, Dancing with the Stars will be back on after the special report. #Ferguson."
Some Twitter users complained that the message appeared to be trivializing the decision in the court case, leading the station to clarify its intent.
"We did not mean to be insensitive with our previous tweet about DWTS vs. Ferguson," the station tweeted. "Please accept our sincerest apologies."
The jury's verdict has led to protests around Ferguson and in major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles.
We did not mean to be insensitive with our previous tweet about DWTS vs. Ferguson. We apologize if it was perceived that way.— WTVC NewsChannel 9 (@newschannelnine) November 25, 2014
We've removed our very poorly worded tweet from earlier to stop the bad signal from spreading. Please accept our sincerest apologies.— WTVC NewsChannel 9 (@newschannelnine) November 25, 2014