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.