NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Network Fires Social Media Coordinator, @HotChulo, after Racist Tweets Exposed
NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language network Telemundo announced Wednesday afternoon that they have fired one of their contract social media coordinators, who went by the Twitter handle @HotChulo, after he posted anti-Muslim and other racist tweets during the past several months.
The Twitter account for HotChulo, who described himself as a “Latino Ken Doll” on his Twitter biography along with being a Telemundo Social Media Coordinator, has been shut down, as well as several other social networking profiles that the website, Electronic Intifada, which originally reported the story, says belong to him.
Telemundo’s Vice President of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Michelle Alban, posted the following two-sentence statement on Twitter Wednesday evening.
“We have investigated the matter and have found that the person associated with the twitter handle @hotchulo was a part-time contracted worker.
We take these matters seriously and as a result, have terminated our relationship with this person. We also want to make it clear that he was not speaking on behalf of Telemundo Media or NBCUniversal at any time.”
Despite being a contract worker, the employee is the current Foursquare “Mayor” of Telemundo which means he has had the most daily check-ins during the last 60 days on the location-based social network.
The Twitter posts including derogatory language directed Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, Ethiopians, Electronic Intifada notes, and referred to Muslim women as whores in many posts including one which he wrote, “Muslim women are the biggest filth bitch pig whores,” (see additional Twitter posts below).
HotChulo began deleting many of the Twitter postings when he realized he was being investigated, according to Intifada and eventually switched his account to private, but screenshots had already been taken of many of the posts by the website.
Many, if not all of NBC News’ social media employees have the NBC logo in their Twitter pictures, but Telemundo does not appear to follow the same practice for their social media employees.
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