CEO sorry for comparing Michelle to chimpanzee

Walt Baker, the CEO of Tennessee Hospitality Association, had sent emails containing the picture of the Michelle giving a speech and comparing it to Cheeta — Tarzan’s sidekick chimp. Since the “joke” email was sent out, Walt Baker has issued a public apology.

Political humour

“I did not think or consider its implications, other than that it was political humour. I am saddened that anyone misinterpreted the sentiments behind the email,” Walt Baker said in the statement.

“I deeply apologise to anyone who is offended by this action. I hope that those who know me realise that the message was not intended to be malicious or hurtful in any way and can find it in their hearts to forgive me,” he added in the apology.

Refuting the allegations that the email was racist in character, Baker told a local news channel, Channel 5 news, “I have never considered myself bigoted, or racially insensitive, or a racist.”

After the brouhaha, the American media reported that Walt Baker’s marketing company, Mercatus Communications, lost a $50,000 deal to promote a new convention centre.

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