Cold Stone Creamery employee fired after wishing Obama dead on Facebook

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, November 9, 2012 14:52 EDT
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California resident Denise Helms, who lost her job after calling the president a racial slur and wishing for his assassination on Facebook. Photo: Screenshot via KTLA 5 Los Angeles.
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A Turlock, California woman was fired from her job this week after publishing a racial slur to her Facebook account and wishing for President Barack Obama’s assassination.

The Cold Stone Creamery company said it spent much of Wednesday coping with the social media fallout from the comment, which was posted by former Cold Stone employee Denise Helms, 22.

Helms referred to Obama on her Facebook account as “the n*gger,” adding: “maybe he will get assassinated this term..!!”

“The employee is no longer w/the company,” a Twitter account for Cold Stone Creamery explained on Thursday. “We were as shocked as you were by her outrageous & completely unacceptable comments.”

Making a legitimate threat against the president is a felony crime, and all threats against the nation’s leader are investigated by the Secret Service.

Despite her racist comment, Helms swore to Fox 40 in Sacramento that she’s not actually racist herself. “I think I was just really upset, and it just kind of came out,” she claimed.

The night prior, she told Fox 40 that Obama getting assassinated wouldn’t be “something I would be upset about.”

Helms has since deleted her Facebook account.

This video is from KTLA-5 in Los Angeles, broadcast November 8, 2012.


Photo: Screenshot via KTLA 5 Los Angeles.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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