Nurse fired from her job for wearing blackface Beyonce costume on Halloween
The incident came to light after Heenan posted a picture of her and her husband, Jasmond Heenan, smiling and wearing blackface on Facebook on Monday.
A nurse from Missouri has reportedly been fired from her job after she sparked outrage over her controversial choice of Halloween costume. The woman, identified as Shelbi Heenan, reportedly wore blackface along with her husband as the pair were dressed up as Beyonce and Jay-Z. The incident came to light after Heenan posted a picture of her and her husband, Jasmond Heenan, smiling and wearing blackface on Facebook on Monday. The picture caused an outrage amidst social media users within minutes.
Blackface is the practice of wearing makeup and costumes by non-black people to appear as a person of color. The practice, which is seen as disparaging stereotypes, is strongly criticized by the Aboriginal community, civil rights and anti-discrimination groups and activists. The couple, in the picture, can be seen covering their face and hands in dark makeup in an effort to look black. While Shelbi sported a wig and a sparkly shirt, her husband — who visibly darkened his skin more than his wife — wore a white t-shirt with chains around his neck and a beanie to look like Beyonce's husband, rapper Jay-Z.
Within 24 hours of posting the picture, Shelbi lost her job as a registered nurse at the St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, the Daily Mail reported.
Nurse is FIRED for posting photo of herself and husband wearing blackface while dressed as Beyoncé and Jay-Z for Halloween https://t.co/TpGon6KsG2— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) November 1, 2018
The hospital, on Tuesday, subsequently released a statement saying Shelbi was no longer an employee at St. Luke's Hospital.
The hospital added that it reached the decision after conducting an investigation into the matter. 'On Monday afternoon, Saint Luke’s Health System became aware of a Saint Luke’s East Hospital employee who posted photos on personal social media accounts of her and another individual dressed in blackface for what appears to be a Halloween event,' the hospital's statement said.