TV reporter who inspired memes fired for ‘lack of professionalism’
...After been carried across flooded streets
Ayoung journalist covering severe flooding in Mexico has been fired after she was photographed being carried over puddles by two local people to avoid getting her expensive shoes wet.
Lydia Cumming was fired by TV Azteca, who accused her of lacking professionalism, but the story soon overwhelmed the internet, inspiring dozens of memes.
The young reporter was sent to city of Puebla in central Mexico, which was inundated with floodwater.
As reported in Buzzfeed, she said two local residents told her of an elderly neighbour in a wheelchair who had been badly affected by the floods and they offered to carry her to the lady’s home.
She told El Pais: ‘I try to maintain a good relationship with people and I was afraid I would sound rude if I turned down the favor. They carried me two seconds and after I asked them to put me down.’ But it was too late. Another journalist had taken what he thought was an innocent snap of Cumming being carried, like a princess, through the deluge.
A local man holds one of her legs and a middle-aged woman holds the other leg as Cumming, in her fashionable jacket, jeans and oh so dry shoes, is carried regally over the puddles, keeping her mic in her right hand and her press pass around her neck.
Cumming explained: ‘Reporters tend to make fun of what happens to us during coverage as a way to relax.’
The journalist posted the image on Cumming’s Facebook page but it was then discovered by José Daniel Hernández.
He tweeted it, with the caption: ‘Shameful. Lydia Cumming, reporter with TV Azteca Puebla, calls for a lift to avoid getting wet.’
The story was picked up in the Mexican capital and within minutes was trending as #LadyReportera on Twitter, with jokers using the image in a number of memes, ranging from Star Wars and Game Of Thrones to Titanic.
TV Azteca was not amused and many people laid into Cumming on Twitter. Culled from dailymail.co.uk
Seemed like a good idea at the time: Cumming later said she thought she would sound rude if she turned down the couple’s offer to carry her over the puddle