The Sweet Brown Viral Video: Embarrassed? Why You Shouldn’t Be

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April 11, 2012 ‐ By Charing Ball

Source: nbc33tv.com

Her name is Sweet Brown and she is either your worst nightmare realized or a funny anecdote to a story that could have been tragic.

Last Saturday, Brown narrowly escaped a three-alarm blaze that engulfed the Chateau DeVille apartment complex in Oklahoma City. The fire, which apparently started in the apartment of a wheelchair-bound woman, sent one resident to the hospital, destroyed five other homes and left as many as 44 apartments without electricity. Most of them will probably end up in shelters provided by the Red Cross until the complex is repaired or a permanent living situation can be found.

After the early morning fire had cleared, local news channel KFOR descended upon the scene to scope out residents for a first-hand account of how it felt to escape the fire. That’s when they found Sweet Brown. Donned in a carefully knotted mutli-colored head scarf and fronting a thick backwoods drawl, Brown described in the most dramatic fashion her horrifying experience, when she realized her apartment complex was on fire.

Said Brown, “Well, I woke up to get me a cold pop and I thought somebody was bar-b-quein’, I said oh Lawd Jesus, it’s a fare. Then I ran out, I didn’t grab no shoes or nuthin’ Jesus. I rr-ran for my life. Then the smoke got me – I got bronchitis. Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

Have you started face palming yet? Well, you wouldn’t be alone. If you watch the actual video, you will see a young man lurking back and forth in the background, shaking his head and palming his face as well. But the story of Ms. Brown doesn’t end there. You see, yesterday, the video went viral with over 350,000 views.  Pop culture blogs like Gawker proclaimed Sweet Brown as the next big viral star and Hip Hop Wired has said that she is coming for Antoine Dodson’s crown. And with that, six million black folks in the US collectively face palmed again. I can almost hear the chorus of many of them cursing her name and decrying how “she has set us back about 50 years.”

But me, I love everything about this clip. What’s not to love? First, who really does have time for bronchitis? Secondly, there is her name. That’s the kind of name you associate with somebody who makes sweet potato pies for a living or a Ray Charles song, not someone chilling at home, drinking pop (or soda, whatever you want to call it). Thirdly, who knew that Jesus was part timing it up as a television news reporter in Oklahoma? You would think that being the Son of God would garner him some cool perks like working in one of the top television markets. Must be the recession. And finally, she wakes up in the middle of the night, smells smoke and instantly thinks there’s a barbecue going on. Well played Ms. Brown, well played indeed.

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  • Julia Charles

    I think she’s amazing: instead of wallowing in sorrow at the destruction that happened, she is grateful for being alive.

  • lovesweetbrown

    She’s an animated, dramatic, and has a southern charm. What’s not to love? Sweet Brown, you brought a smile to my face and I just love you for that! Ain’t nobody got time for racist bs. You’re sweet and lovable and that’s all that matters. I’m thankful you made it out safely and I hope your new-found fame brings you numerous hugs. We all have time for those.

  • Rlh18

     I Just want to say, I am from the UK, and just heard about this video on
    one of our tv shows. I am white. I don’t see this as having anything at
    all to do with race. I think she’s brilliant! She’s not the
    representative of a race, just like racists are not the representative
    of my race. Chill out! Saying that, I’m not racist at all, and I don’t
    know the race situation in America. But anyone who looks at this video
    and immediately stereotypes a whole race….well they’re obviously a bit
    retarded. I think YOU and OTHERS are making this into a race issue, by
    seeing her colour..You are giving fuel to the fire of the white people
    you’re slagging off. Any intelligent person would not associate this
    with race.

  • http://twitter.com/Rivaflowz America Buddington

    I found it hilarious and honest. Agreeing with the person below, we do all have someone like that in our family.

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  • Fla_girl80

    She seems like a nice, funny lady to me! I’d like to hear more of her stories.

  • msalgado

    i love this lady..I dont care if she is white, green, black or yellow..she was wonderful!  she’s right, aint nobody got time for this..and for the record, I am a middle aged white woman who did not see this as setting african americans back 50 years.race has nothing to do with it..And as far as being an “embarrassment..I think the little youngsters with their pants down past their butts, calling women b**** and thier friends Ni*** are MUCH more of a an embarrassment and a setback that this lady!!!

  • Janice Dee

    Hot mess!!! Black folks STOP IT PLEASE!!!!

  • Fusioncooks

    Truly sad to see this aired, however I did laugh. The remixes are flowing in, this new one is funny……….  

  • Sickofit

    And the people who feel that way also have innumerable examples of Blacks who don’t sound like Ms. Brown.  So is it that they are going to view Blacks in a certain way as dependent upon their own prejudices regardless?  I think so.  Also, you don’t have to indulge people who ask you to be the spokesperson for an entire race – no one makes you entertain their questions.

  • Kitsy

    There is NOTHING amusing about this ‘Sweet’ Person. Not only does she look like a runaway slave, but she also speaks like one o_O?? This is 2012, not 1812. I didn’t know there were people who still spoke like this.

    Racists are always glad to see the likes of Sweet Brown and Antoinne Dodson as representations of blacks. They are living, breathing racial caricatures. If you think they are not your problem, you are very wrong. In a racist society, where blacks are marginalized, it one takes one of us to make things bad for all of us. You see racism doesn’t allow you to be seen as an individual – you are just a member of a group, so when they see you they see the Sweet Browns and Antoinne Dodson’s of the world.

    And, for the record, no one in my family acts like these fools!

    • Truth0312

      I see your point, but the problem isn’t the Antoines & Sweets of the world.  It’s the racist media and their insistence on only showing Black folks as one dimensional.  In a way, you excuse that racism by coming down so hard on this woman simply telling her story.  She can’t help how and where she was raised.  Every Black person has not learned the nuances of the code switch.  I’m a product of the hood, in the South as well, but I can articulate myself better most of the White folks I know.  The issue is that media ALWAYS runs to interview the person that falls right into the stereotype.  They do it with White folks, too.  I had a White co-worker from a hayseed town tell me how the big city news came to interview people and how bad their grammar was and she was embarrassed.  It’s simply an extension of that behavior and it’s worse for our people because, unlike White folks, there’s no balance to show the other side of the coin.  If you’re going to take this so personally and seriously; come down on the White-owned media that continues to perpetuate this.  Your anger is misplaced, as this woman is blessed to have her life after such a horrific ordeal.  

    • Rlh18

      I Just want to say, I am from the UK, and just heard about this video on one of our tv shows. I am white. I don’t see this as having anything at all to do with race. I think she’s brilliant! She’s not the representative of a race, just like racists are not the representative of my race. Chill out! Saying that, I’m not racist at all, and I don’t know the race situation in America. But anyone who looks at this video and immediately stereotypes a whole race….well they’re obviously a bit retarded. I think YOU and OTHERS are making this into a race issue, by seeing her colour..You are giving fuel to the fire of the white people you’re slagging off. Any intelligent person would not associate this with race.

    • Joy

      Well, what’s it like up there? Does your neck ever hurt? Does it smell better?

      Who are you to judge her worth? I suppose anyone who falls below your standard is shameful. Black persons should all aspire to be like you.

      Way to promote this oppressive way of thinking. You’ve just joined many racists in their ideals.

  • guest

    I’ll change my attitude when black people act like they are civilized and have common sense.

    • Sickofit

      I think she exercised great common sense, she got out alive and is confident enough in herself to share her story on the news.  My question to you is: Is it civilized not to care that she dies just because you don’t like her style of self-expression?

  • http://www.facebook.com/RosarioRed Rosario Stefania Scarsci

    I actually feel more sorry for the people who had their homes ruined or were put out for a while due to the fire. Good luck to everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dana.cotton1 Dana Cotton

    I, for one, couldn’t give one s**t about what White people think so there is no reason for me to be embarrassed about a woman giving a vivid account of her escape from a fire…. 

  • JEM

    This reminds me of an episode of Golden Girls when Rose thought she saw a UFO and Dorothy told her only guys in the mid west wearing overalls named “Coolie” see UFOs lolol. The news finds these over-the-top characters on purpose, especially since they know these types of things can go viral. 

    • CBall

       You know, I used to think that (and in some cases, I still do) until I started interning at a news station. You be surprised how many people refuse to speak to the media – sometimes it is out of shyness and sometimes it was because they mistrust the press. And usually, it is the characters, or natural extroverts, who always volunteered.

  • Lnkls

    I live in Norman, OK and want you to know that it isn’t an ethnic thing, it’s a regional thing. She sounds like much of Oklahoma. She is as southern as “cornbread”. I said “Lawd Jesus” mis’self.
    There is an Oklahoma joke that has two Okies at the Zoo.
    ABCD Ducks? (E’vy b’dy see da’ ducks?)
    LMNO Ducks (Hell them ain’ no ducks)
    MR Ducks (them are ducks)
    MR not
    OSAR CM Wangs (oh yes they are. See ‘em wings)
    LIB MR Ducks (well I’ll be. Them are ducks)

    • Sweetesttaboo

      I was both born and raised in Oklahoma and I do not sound like that. Please don’t blame that soley on regional dialect. I would hate for someone to actually believe that all Oklahomans spoke like Ms. Brown.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QYC3GIGGYMLT2K4Z4AK6F6CI54 Sick

    I like her. What’s to be embarassed about? Black people are so funny with stuff like that. She is who she is, and there are many people who speak just ike this. So what???!!! I’m just glad she made it out of this alive.

  • Sickofit

    I like her.  What’s to be embarassed about?  Black people are so funny with stuff like that.  She is who she is, and there are many people who speak just ike this.  So what???!!!  I’m just glad she made it out of this alive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.c.hill Anthony Hill

      Black people or that person, who happens to be black? Your characterization of black people (plural) as being represented by this one, sad, tragic person demonstrates the problem.

  • Guest

    Looks like the ugly heffa ghetto trash is acting! And you wonder why other races don’t take us serious!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QYC3GIGGYMLT2K4Z4AK6F6CI54 Sick

      Umm…why do you care what other races think of you?  Babe know your own worth.  Also, you don’t know this woman, why are you calling her all those horrible names?  Are you at least a little relieved that she averted a tragedy and actually lived?  You should be.

      • guest

        I don’t know her and I don’t give a flying f*ck if she died in a fire. Why? Because I don’t know this bumkin Aunt Jemima looking heffa personally, she’s a joke now and other races are laughing at her, go look at the video on YouTube at the comments section. So no I shouldn’t care if his ugly heffa lived or die.

      • Candace

        Ummm…should care if you want to get Obama elected again… They putting a lot ghetto nonsense on TV lately to tarnish our image…

        • Sickofit

          False , convoluted images don’t matter to the thinking person, and it is usually this type who care enough to go out and vote.  There is no more propaganda now than there was in 2008.  So, no, I shouldn;t care what narrow-minded people think of me.  My preoccupation with their distorted and often racist views will do absolutely nothing to further my advancement – yours either.

        • Sickofit

          shouldn’t

      • Mrsadkiah

        I see where you’re going with the know your own worth thing, and though he/she articulated his/her point very poorly, I also see guest’s point. You like I know that Blacks are looked at like we’re all the same. How many times have you been asked to speak on behalf of the whole Black race as though you know every single Black person in America? I don’t know about you but this happens to me often. When people like this woman and Dotson get viral videos it gives those people who like to believe “you can take the n*gger out of the hood but can’t take the hood out of the n*gger” attitude some validation. 

        • guest

          Thank you! My point exactly!

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

            oh no. you betta be on your best behavior, because the mean and scary white man might poke fun of you….

        • Sickofit

          And the people who feel that way also have innumerable examples of Blacks who don’t sound like Ms. Brown.  So is it that they are going to view Blacks in a certain way as dependent upon their own prejudices regardless?  I think so.  Also, you don’t have to indulge people who ask you to be the spokesperson for an entire race – no one makes you entertain their questions.

  • Jaida Bang

    I wonder if her middle name is Georgia…

  • Galenafiel

    I want to say that Sweet is an embarrassment to the black race, but I can’t stop laughing!!! I can point out a couple of people on my street that would give an interview just like this, as well as a few people in my extended family. 

    • guest

      Even the dude walking back and forth behind her looked embarrassed.

      • sweetesttaboo

        That dude behind her is actually her son. He was the one that posted the video on youtube.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RosarioRed Rosario Stefania Scarsci

       As a black person I’m honestly not embarrassed by her statements. I mean, I wouldn’t react that way but I don’t think that’s a reflection of everyone. Everyone’s a little different.

  • justme

    Am I the only one who thinks she’s cute?  

    • IllyPhilly

       YES U R!!! CTFU!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/RosarioRed Rosario Stefania Scarsci

       …wow. You pick em right.

    • Bubbles2506

      No, I think she’s cute too!!

  • IllyPhilly

    “Am I the only one who goes to sleep with heels, make-up, and a wig on?” True quote from a woman after she told me about this story.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=587957714 Leon Wilborn

    We all have someone like her in the family, no reason to be embarrassed…

    • IllyPhilly

       Halalujer

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  • HeWroteIt

    Yes, it’s an embarrassment because it’s so very TYPICAL.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

    When I watched the video. It seemed fake to me…idk why

  • F3ral Anarchy

    after watching the vid….it made me wish i had more faces to palm.  

    • Rachael

       LOL!