When I copped the latest issue of Glamour magazine over the weekend I was excited. As a longtime fan, I love delving into its pages, checking out the latest fashions and reading its typically well-written, thoughtful articles. As I flipped through the pages, noting nail polish shades I’d like to try and reading through the top 10 “dos and don’ts,” all of my good juju came to a screeching halt when I saw “comedian” Jenny Johnson, held up as a model for women speaking their minds.

If you have no clue who Jenny Johnson is, she’s a “Twitter comic” and the woman who got into an epic online smack down with Chris Brown last November. Despite starting the kerfuffle, she was immediately hailed as yet another victim of the singer’s outrageous temper. Only she wasn’t.

While many media outlets claimed Brown “attacked” Johnson, their vulgar row came after two years, yes years, of Johnson angrily tweeting Brown for no other reason except to aggravate, and dare I say, bully him (Luvvie gives a good breakdown here).

Hence my confusion when I saw her smiling in the pages of my beloved Glamour, along side an intro that said Johnson was “famous on Twitter for being funny, filthy—and for taking on Chris Brown.”

My first thought? Cyber bullying really DOES pay, huh?

For all of their work around sharing positive images of women and girls, Glamour took a giant step backward in my book by highlighting a notorious cyber bully and not-so-funny comic.

Don’t believe me? Here is a sampling of some of Johnson’s latest tweets:

While Johnson is certainty entitled to her brand of comedy, had she been a man who fired off the same boorish, harassing tweets to female celebrities, I doubt she’d end up in the pages of Glamour being held up as some sort of role model for outspokenness.

But she is. And I can’t help thinking that it has a more to do with her unassuming suburban soccer mom look than her actual comedic talent. Or maybe it’s just me.



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  • Sasha

    While I do not believe J. Johnson bullied Chris Brown, I agree 100% that her appearance in this mag has everything to do with her “unassuming soccer suburban soccer mom look”. She’s like a slightly younger Chelsea Handler to me- unfunny but looks like your average White girl (slightly ugly but the blonde hair, blue eyes miraculously transcends the less than attractive facial features/ body figure) and since there’s marketability in relatability, that’s the only reason why these two get any platform.

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    Different strokes for different folks……

  • Chillyroad

    So you’re telling me she wasn’t sweating Chris Brown for the sake of victims of domestic violence? I’m shocked.

  • The Artist

    Are you surprised? Take a look at all the reality shows, where bullys make a career out of it. All in the name of ratings, perhaps.

  • http://creativegirlinacorporateworld.wordpress.com Esta Fiesta

    So would a Chris Brown feature heralding him for… anything positive let’s say coming back from a public image nightmare also be considered domestic violence paying off?

    • http://chennadoll.tumblr.com pinklipstick227

      That’s an excellent point.

    • Britt

      No, it wouldn’t be domestic violence paying off. Even if that situation didn’t happen, Chris Brown would still get press because he’s an entertainer. Jenny Johnson wouldn’t have that feature in GLAMOUR if it weren’t for her “showdown” with CB. Unfortunately, when it came to her harassing tweets, he took the bait, and now look where she is. I hope she sends a ‘Thank You’ card.

    • http://creativegirlinacorporateworld.wordpress.com Esta Fiesta

      Comediennes are entertainers

    • KGA25

      She’s not funny tho!!

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