A doctor has been suspended after she called first lady Michelle Obama “monkey face” on Facebook.
Dr. Michelle Herren, who is an anesthesiologist at Denver Health Medical Center and an assistant professor at Colorado University School of Medicine, posted a photo of Obama on Facebook with the caption “doesn’t seem to be speaking too eloquently here, thank god we can’t hear her! Harvard??? That’s a place for “entitled” folks said all the liberals!”
Herren then wrote she was just “calling it like it is”:
“Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!”
While Herren has since deleted the comment — and taken down her entire Facebook page — she is insisting her comments weren’t racist at all.
Herren takes home a salary of $363,000 a year, the pediatric doctor will not be seeing patients at Denver Health Medical Center. It is unclear if Herren is being formally suspended.
In a statement to the paper, Denver Health said, “Until further notice, Michelle Herren, MD, will not be seeing patients or providing anesthesia services at Denver Health.”
In recent weeks, Obama has been the target of a series of racial Facebook attacks. Beverly Whaling resigned as mayor of Clay, West Virginia, after she responded favorably to a Facebook friend calling the first lady an “ape in heels.”