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.

  • http://chennadoll.tumblr.com pinklipstick227

    That’s an excellent point.

  • http://gravatar.com/heavenleiblu heavenleiblu

    Negative behavior always pays off for white women.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    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.

  • http://www.urbanexpressive.com J. Nicole

    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.

  • 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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