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Woman’s Anti-Gay ‘Last Man Standing’ Rant Causes Her To Lose Her Job

Fans of ?Last Man Standing? were stunned last week when ABC announced the comedy series, which stars Tim Allen, would be canceled after six seasons. 

Speculation over whether or not politics played a role in ABC?s decision to ax the show began to heat up after the May 10 announcement. After all, Allen is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, and has compared being a Republican in Hollywood to ??30s Germany.?

Among those who bought into the rumors was Debbie Odom Massey, who was the executive director of the Madison-Rivergate Chamber of Commerce in Madison, Tennessee. Massey blasted her ?favorite? show?s cancelation in a May 11 Facebook post, calling the decision ?discrimination? and a violation of free speech. 

The post reportedly read as follows:  

?I can?t believe that I am supposed to be ok with shows like Grays Anatomy or Nashville or any other show that promotes LGBT blah blah blah..,WHATEVER! Cramming same sex making out into our Homes! But I can?t watch MY FAVORITE show! ?Last Man Standing?! Talk about discrimination!!

ABC needs to listen to the majority ? not the 2% -Afraid of lawsuit? Maybe we should scream, riot, wine and create law suits against EVERYBODY that doesn?t make us feel good, then we can get our way!! ?Last Man Standing? also offered the counter viewpoint…it?s not like you didn?t hear the other side. It is obvious they wish to only present their views and only wish to INDOCTRINATE people. We live in a country of FREE speech, if we believe it we should practice it and not support those who suppress it!? 

Though Massey appears to have deleted her post later that day, her words nonetheless sparked a firestorm of controversy. Among those to denounce the remarks was Metro Councilwoman Nancy VanReece, whose district includes Madison. VanReece told The Tennessean that she hoped Massey?s post would encourage her employers to establish a policy regarding what their employees post on social media if one was not already in place. 

?I think that comments like that made by organizations that represent communities can have a detrimental effect,? she said, ?and I certainly hope that this will be an opportunity for Madison to demonstrate that it is a welcoming diverse community that I am proud to represent.?

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry echoed those sentiments while touting the work of Massey?s colleague, David McMurry, in a May 12 interview with The Tennessean. 

?David McMurry, past president of the Madison-Rivergate Chamber of Commerce, has been a great partner in helping to grow our economy and promote a more inclusive environment in Nashville,? she said. ?The Facebook post referenced does not reflect the great work they are doing as an organization.?

On Monday, Massey announced that she was resigned from her position, Fox 17 News reported. Colleagues, including McMurry, did not deny the role that the Facebook controversy had played in Massey?s decision. ?While the current situation is unfortunate,? he said, ?we wish Debbie every happiness and success as we move forward into the Madison?s renaissance with new Chamber leadership.? 

Meanwhile, the Madison-Rivergate Chamber of Commerce?s board of directors will reportedly review a new social media policy at their next meeting, according to Fox 17 News

Meanwhile, ABC executives have denied that Allen?s conservative views factored into their decision to cancel ?Last Man Standing.? ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told The Hollywood Reporter that the cancelation was part of a network-wide effort to move away from comedy on Friday evenings. 

Still, some fans aren?t buying it: a Change.org petition accusing ABC of ?shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewer? had over 245,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon. The petition?s creator says they ?will no longer be watching any ABC shows? until ?Last Man Standing? is renewed. 

HuffPost has reached out to Massey for additional comment. 

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There’s A Multimillion-Dollar Trump Mansion For Sale, And People Have Ethics Questions

President Donald Trump is selling his beachside mansion in Saint Martin via his corporate trust, and the move has raised a few eyebrows. 

Le Chateau des Palmiers is listed by Sotheby?s International Realty. The two-villa oceanfront property at Plum Bay is situated on almost five acres of land with a total of 11 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, a beachside pool, fitness center and an eight-foot boundary wall. 

The Washington Post reports that the gold-accented mansion is on the market for $28 million, far more than the $19.7 million asking price back in 2013 when Trump bought it. Four local realtors told the Post the price is also considerably more than those of other luxury properties in the area, the ?most luxurious? of which are listed between $15 million and $17 million. 

WaPo?s Matea Gold notes the ethics issues that arise: 

It?s unclear why the property is for sale. It earned Trump between $200,000 and $2 million in rental fees between 2014 and mid-2016, according to financial disclosures … The effort to sell the high-priced estate in the midst of Trump?s tenure could present a similar ethical problem to the one his lawyer cited in defending his decision not to sell off his company after the election: that a buyer could overpay as a way to gain currency with the president. If the estate is sold, the public probably would learn little, if anything, about who has purchased it.

?It seems like buying a major piece of property for millions of dollars is a particularly strong way to potentially curry favor with the president,? Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told NPR.

?Who is the buyer, what are their business interests … political interests, and is there some possibility that they might seek to influence the president?? he added.

According to World Property Journal, the trust ? controlled and operated by Trump?s family members ? owns the property through two shell companies. The sale would reportedly be the first of a major Trump asset since the president took office. 

A White House spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on the reason for the sale. 

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