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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  1. Negative behavior always pays off for white women.

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    • That’s white privilege for ya…

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    • I just find it to be one of those ‘eye-opening’ situations.
      I have read a list that had some of her offensive tweets (its the type of ‘I am being a racist pig’ song-and-dance) and I am surprise that Glamour would choose this woman as their she-ro.

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  2. Chris Brown gives some liberal white people an opportunity to direct their fear, anger and hatred of black men towards what they see as an “acceptable” target.

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    • Keepitreal

      Oh please GTFO with that nonsense no wonder the black community is so fucked up with all the back bending and twisting done in the name of running to the defense of ANY black man even one who left a bleeding, bitten, beat up black woman on the side of the road like the weekend’s trash. If Chris Brown represents the every (black) man then so help us.

      All the whining and crying over poor little Chris Brown’s “mistreatment” by white media and whites in general is not surprising but oh so pathetic.

      Poor little Chris Brown who:
      -Didn’t serve prison time for using a woman’s face as pinata.
      -His behind is invited repeatedly to perform on a family show on one of the three main networks.
      -He’s still performing on award shows.
      -He’s still winning awards
      -His music is still being played on the radio

      WTF more do you mammies want? For everyone else to suckle the poor baby?

      Some are so damned focused on them vs us, they become blind and start embracing, encouraging, codgle, all types of miscreants

      I’m more concerned with the black male privilege that allows men who engage in violent, hateful, disrespectful behavior towards black women to not only get away with it but be defended to the utmost by other black women.

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    • Sasha

      Tears of joy were shed for the realness of this comment. 1,000 times thank you!

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    • Britt

      Black male privilege? What’s that? This is America. That doesn’t exist. Celebrity privilege? Maybe. I like Rihanna, but a lot of you just like to kiss her a** when she gives 0 f**** about your sympathy.

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    • ChillyRoad

      “I’m more concerned with the black male privilege that allows men who engage in violent, hateful, disrespectful behavior towards black women to not only get away with it but be defended to the utmost by other black women.”

      …with Rhianna leading the pack.

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  3. Another Chelsea Handler type: nondescript white lady making off the cusp comments with vulgarity. Why is white media so obsessed with “taking down” Chris Brown? Yea, he comes off as vulgar and makes poor choices but so does Lindsay Lohan. I get it; the domestic violence thing was horrible but if these people find him so repulsive, why remain in the know to what he’s doing? And what is he, in his early 20’s? Lets see how far Justin Bieber would fall from graces had he been in a similar situation. I’d say not very far. This lady is just another example of white privilege. When a woman of color speaks up against her bullies (even though this woman technically was the bully) she is seen as hostile, yet when Lily McWhite-White does it, low & behold she’s a hero.

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    • Britt

      I agree. I like Justin Bieber and I wish him well, but if he were to get in similar situation to Chris’, his white Hollywood pass would kick in quick.

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    • keepitreal

      Messages sent to white girls (the mass of JB’s fan base) and messages sent to black girls are in two different ballparks. Just turn on the radio, even their Lily white ears are protected from vulgarity and disrespect aimed their way. “Love you just the way you are” / “I want to make you feel wanted”… On the other hand…well you know the rest.
      No way in hell would White America send the message, directly or indirectly that’s it’s okay to beat your girlfriend to a bloody pulp. White girls/young women are a protected class, Justin would be under the jail cell.

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  4. Britt

    This Jenny Johnson woman is a complete hypocrite. She claims to be standing up for women sending harassing tweets to Chris Brown, but then she harasses Kim Kardashian about her 72-day marriage. If you don’t like Chris or Kim K. don’t follow them. Simple. Her blow-up with Chris was only popular because she’s white. Yeah, I said it. I don’t understand how people think they can say whatever they want to someone either on the Internet or in person, and then want to play victim when they get their a** handed to them on a silver platter in a public forum. GLAMOUR missed the mark on this one.

    Also, real comedians don’t solely rely on pop culture for comedic material. They use their real-life experiences, but Jenny is too consumed with harassing celebrities to live her life.

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    • I guess there are some up and coming comediennes, who are taking the ‘Lisa Lampanelli’ route to gaining a following.

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  5. Were she a Black “Twitter comedienne,” would she have appeared in the pages of Glamour?

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