A news anchor for the FOX 5 station in Washington, D.C. is now under fire for an insensitive tweet.
Blake McCoy, a television journalist, said in a tweet that he was “annoyed [that] obese people of all ages” are getting COVID-19 vaccines before essential workers.
According to the Daily News, McCoy has since apologized for the tweet and eventually deleted the post. However, he shared that social media users viciously criticized him.
One social media user took a picture of the deleted tweet and posted it to their own page.
“When most stayed home, we went into work everyday last March, April, May and everyday since putting ourselves & loved ones at risk,” Blake McCoy tweeted.
“Vaccinate all essential workers,” he added. “Then obese.”
On his official Twitter page, McCoy then apologized for his actions.
“Earlier today I Tweeted something insensitive and offensive. I truly regret my words and want to apologize. I have deleted my tweet and ask that you accept my sincere apology,” he captioned the post.
Twitter users were quick to comment on the post and share that his views were hurtful to others.
“Straight up fat-shamed obese people for having priority access to the vaccine over his privileged and perfectly healthy self,” one user wrote.
A spokesperson for the station, WTTG, confirmed that McCoy has been “suspended pending further review.”