CHICAGO — The woman who shouted racist language at Michaels employees in a viral video maintains she was discriminated against at the store, according to an NBC Chicago interview.
In November, the woman, Jennifer Boyle, was recorded as she shouted at employees at a Lakeview Michaels store, calling a black cashier "an animal" and saying she was being discriminated against for voting for President-elect Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election. The tirade apparently began after an employee suggested Boyle buy a larger, reusable bag for her purchases at the store.
A 10-minute video of the rant has been watched more than 4.5 million times on YouTube and a GoFundMe campaign to help the Michaels employee ended up raising more than $30,000.
Shortly after that video was released, another video gained attention, this one showing Boyle calling a manager a "b----" at Peet's Coffee in Boystown.
But Boyle said she's neither racist nor homophobic and maintained to NBC Chicago she was the one being discriminated against in both situations. She received death threats and vulgar emails and calls after her contact information was posted online, Boyle said.
In the segment, Boyle said an employee at Michaels "mumbled that she must have voted for Donald Trump," leading to the confrontation caught on video, according to NBC.
The video shows Boyle saying she did vote for Trump while an employee says she did not say anything about Trump. A woman who recorded the incident said Boyle shouted at the Michaels employees for 45 minutes, only leaving after police arrived.
"There's not one bone in my body that's racist or homophobic," she told the station.
Though Boyle still thinks she was discriminated against, she told NBC5 she wished she had left Michaels.
"Looking at it now, I think that would have been the right thing to do," she said. "I really believe that it was fight or flight kicked in and I felt that I needed to defend myself. ... I wish I would have just been above, cooler heads prevail, been above reproach and would have just left and called corporate like I did do on Friday."
Boyle also said she doesn't think the Michaels and Peet's Coffee videos show a repeated problem.
"I do not believe that I have an issue dealing with my anger," Boyle said. "I believe that again, taking the high road and walking away from situations in that matter. What people don't know is what was said to me at Peet's."
Boyle declined requests for comment about the NBC interview Wednesday.
Last week, Boyle called police on a man who neighbors say rang her doorbell by accident. She claimed the man pushed her and called her a racist, but the case was dismissed and the man was released. A neighbor told DNAinfo Boyle regularly became very upset when someone rang her doorbell by accident in the building.