A man who was caught on video allegedly mocking a teen boy for wearing a dress to the prom with his boyfriend has been fired from his position as CEO of a Tennessee company, WGN9 reports.
Video shared across social media showed high school senior Dalton Stevens being ridiculed by Sam Johnson, the CEO of the telemedicine company, VisuWell. While Stevens and his boyfriend Jacob Geittman were at the Harpeth Hotel in downtown Franklin taking pictures, Johnson approached the couple and ridiculed Stevens for wearing the dress.
“Slander terms thrown towards me of like ‘You look bad,’ ‘You’ve got hair on your chest, you shouldn’t be wearing a dress,’ ‘You’re not a man,’ blah, blah, blah,” Stevens said. “The fact that he thought he had the audacity to come tell me what I was supposed to wear and what I was supposed to do because of his standards.”
After the video was posted to more than one social media site, users did some digging and identified Johnson and his place of employment. On Monday, Johnson was fired.
NEW: A man in Tennessee who was caught on video harassing a gay teenager has been fired from his position as CEO of VisuWell.
The Board of Directors voted to terminate Sam Johnson effective immediately.
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“We share the concerns that so many have expressed on this matter and look forward to announcing concrete steps we are taking in support of the LGBTQ community in particular over the coming weeks,” VisuWell said in a statement.
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Homophobic POS in Tennessee harasses a teenager for wearing a dress to prom pic.twitter.com/Ftt2a184jX
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