A Case Of A Tweet Gone Bad: Lolo Jones Makes Fun Of Rachel Jeantel

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June 28, 2013 ‐ By

 

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Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin’s friend who was on the phone with him moments before he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, testified this week. Zimmerman is on trial for second degree murder for his February 2012 confrontation with Trayvon Martin.

Of course media outlets had a field day making a mockery of Jeantel’s testimony. The banter did not stem from the answers she gave but from her image. Rachel Samara of Russel Simmons’ Global Grind perceived Racel Jeantel as:

“raw, emotional, aggressive and hostile.”

She also went on to say :

“the white jury would not understand the teen’s demeanor. Especially not her defensive nature, and this will unfortunately work against her. Even though it shouldn’t.”

If that was not enough, The Smoking Gun went scooping through Jeantel’s Twitter for a section of their site called “BUSTER.” They went on to highlight deleted tweets from the teen that they categorized as incriminating or embarrassing.

Last but not least, the controversial Olympian, Lolo Jones had to put in her two cents about Rachel Jeantel:

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Why did she tweet that? Jones received backlash from Twitter like it was going out of style.

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Even Hip Hop scholar Dream Hampton jumped on the bandwagon :

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Despite media backlash,  support for Rachel Jeantel has been streaming on various social media sites. Check out BlackVoices’ slideshow on how people have been lifting up Rachel during this difficult time.

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  • Ifuaskme2

    Ah ….LoLo. The ‘almost got a medal’ olympian.

  • Naduu

    It seems to me like she was just trying to be funny…like the girl at the party whose trying to get into the conversation, and makes a really bad joke. She just happened to do it on twitter. Was the joke in poor taste? Absolutely. But I was horrified at Jeantel’s inability to put a coherent sentence together. Her testimony was crucial and the fact that we’re not more out raged about her vocabulary baffles me. The whole damn situation is embarrassing.

  • pow

    And people wonder why witnesses don’t want to testify sometimes. This is ridiculous!

  • Diveta Cranford

    Who the hell is LoLo Jones and WHY is she relevant?

  • Fair and Balanced

    1st Amendment Freedom of Speech. Although if I were LoLo I would go into hiding right about now.

  • Ann

    Lolo needs to sit down. She is a whiner. This is the same person who was crying at the olympics crying about not getting a medal. Lolo, please sit down and shut up. Thank you.

  • Yvonne Watkins

    Something is definitely wrong with that Drew person. Low Low shouldn’t have said what she said. I don’t see that color was mentioned until Drewless mentioned it. Drew – a colonized mind is a terrible thing.

    • Drew

      You’re a simpleton. Carry on. (After you get your eyebrows done, that is.)

  • Excepcion

    she needs to get back in house with that mess.

  • FromUR2UB

    There are times when making fun of someone is just a cheap shot. Those times are when that person is really getting along as he/she can.

  • moni

    No comedian clearance here…Actors, athletes or singer don’t get away with this dark or light.

    • Snozberry

      Yet black people get away with death threats and racial insults?

      Hypocrite much?

  • Child_Puhleez

    Pray for justice for Trayvon’s family. FOCUS, LoLo!

  • amyrickard

    Who exactly is Lolo Jones?

    • Drew

      Stop it. You could’ve taken a minute to pop in a Google search. Get your life, ma’am.

      • Drew Loves Lolo’s Rectum

        Drew, get out of Lolo’s rectum you paper bag worshipper, she was being snide!

        • Drew

          Look at you dedicating your screen name to me. Personally, LoLo doesn’t even do it for me. Her mom’s pretty trashy (so, her genes are compromised) and she has the shape of a boy. That’s not my speed. That, however, doesn’t make me blind to the fact of why most women — like you — hate her and chicks like her. Don’t stunt.

          • Drew Loves Lolo’s Rectum

            What did I say about Lolo, Drew?Please, tell me! I’ve been trying to pull you out of her rectum all day! You sure make a lot of comments on this thread praising her for someone that doesn’t find her attractive. Anyway, wash up…you’re covered in rectum juice!

      • Andrea

        Not for nothing most people do not know who Lolo Jones is and quite frankly if I have to Google her to find out who she is and what relevance she poses then she really isn’t somebody of importance.

  • Gimmeabreak78

    Actually, I cannot stand Lolo Jones. She has a habit of trying to be relevant for everything except track and field. She needs to go back to bobsledding or whatever other uninteresting thing she is doing with her life. However, I’m not going to pretend that Rachel Jeantel’s testimony doesn’t get on my nerves. I don’t care that she’s fat or that she’s inarticulate, or that she’s dark-skinned. People making those things an issue are missing the point. I don’t even care that she doesn’t want to be there. People focusing on that are also missing the point. No one wants to be there less than Trayvon’s parents. His parents have suffered through the media maligning them and their dead son, yet they still manage to sit up there with grace and dignity only a few feet from the man who murdered their child. I was disgusted with Rachel Jeantel’s testimony because of her utter lack of respect and decorum. She wasn’t a witness to the murder of a stranger. She was the witness to the muder of her FRIEND. For that reason alone, she should have gotten it together, because Trayvon deserves better.

    • Losh

      Well put. Personally, I don’t think that this trial is the place for jokes. However, I do think that this young lady has been through enough without input from a person who has managed to piss off the bobsledding community.

  • Remmi

    i think the backlash against lolo jones stems from the fact that she is always making some kind of poorly thought-out comments on twitter, when her time could be put to better use considering she tends to perform rather poorly some might even say she chokes when the track light’s are on her.

    • Hi Remmi

      EXACTLY. But lil Drew & KB over there wanna say the world is mad bc she’s light. Boy, if you don’t sit…!!

    • kb

      the majority of the backlash is coming from women, I think if she were less attractive woman, the offense wouldn’t seem so bad. Even if people don’t think she is pretty is what she represents, that causes envy or disdain. What she said really wasn’t that bad, but bc it came form her, and person of perceived privilege it struck a nerve. I believe more people identify w/Rachel more than Lolo and took what she said personally.

      • SMH

        KB, you are disillusioned and clueless. People aren’t mad at Lolo because they are “haters”, as your ill-conceived comment would suggest. People are mad at her because that tweet was ignorant, classless and completely lacking in respect for the seriousness of the trial, in a pitiful effort to be funny.

  • Fayraye Mills

    so proud of those that responded to low-low, she was out of pocket, publicity stunt. lol

  • ShayB

    But you have no medals tho… She needs to look at herself before she starts talking slick about other folks. What she needs to be doing is practicing running those hurdles & practice keeping her mouth shut SMDH

  • SNLHumes

    Good luck, Lolo! Social media is going to HAVE YOU FOR BREAKFAST! Lmbo

  • ladyjenkx

    She just said she looked irriated. What’s wrong with that? Rachel was irritated with the defense attorney. We all saw that.

    • Drew

      Well, LoLo is a light-skinned and attractive woman who is loved by many. If she sneezed too loud, a certain demographic would be at the ready to put figurative hands about her person in a very serious manner.

      • Drew& His Paper Bag Test _/

        This is why I can’t stand black boys. SO obsessed with shade!

        • Drew

          No problems, homie. And, you’re missing the point: it’s WOMEN who are obsessed with shade and hair. I don’t have a dog in that fight. Sheeeeeit.

      • Andrea

        So let me get this straight, its only because she’s light skinned and pretty, that people are having a problem with what she said, not be cause it was derogatory and out of place. It was a joke that I guess only light skinned people will understand then, because I don’t see the humor. I don’t care if the person that said it was blueblack, its still not a joke. You two seem to be the only ones putting color and looks as an excuse for her behavior, skin tone and looks dosent excuse lack of common sense nor is it an excuse for lack of decency. Or somebody that is so loved by many she sure is unknown to a great majority but I can see now she will be known to many for this idiotic tweet she wrote, but like one will say, “bad publicity is better than no publicity.

        • Drew

          I’m sorry — did you actually pose a question here?

  • kb

    Seriously Lolo made a joke, and if she wasn’t pretty light skinned girl, no one would care. Think about if Monique or Jamie Foxx said it.

    • Drew

      You beat me to it (above). That’s really all this is about. LoLo is the pretty, light-skinned heffa the bros loved, and the chicks hated back in elementary, middle and high school. Next topic, please…

      • moni

        Honey she never was picked on like that what you are talking about is very trivial to a person like lolo, she was extremely poor I mean extremely poor and if she was that was the last thing on her mind. Nothing here, stop making stuff up in your head child. Where did you grow up in the projects, your mind is gone?

        • kb

          Her crime, she dared to make a joke, maybe not the most appropriate time, lets burn her at the stake!!! I will say it again if she weren’t an archetype people love to hate, it wouldn’t be a big deal.

        • Drew

          There’s a fair amount of assumption on my behalf, but I’m also using the things I’ve seen over the years as it pertains to lighter skinned chicks with “good” hair and girls who lack those attributes, if you will. That’s not making stuff up; it’s the truth. Moves like “Good Hair” don’t exist for nothing, Sunshine. Get it together.

          BTW — I grew up across the US, Italy and Germany (pops was an officer in the Army). So, yeah…

          • moni

            I’m diagnosing you as a complete TROLL. Have a coke and a smile..

            • Drew

              Yeah, and based upon your prior message, I’m going to effectively disqualify you as competent enough to diagnose anyone with anything. Something having to do with being educated is all…

              Have a pleasant evening, and remember: It’s never too late to matriculate (re: college). Good luck in life. :-)

              Drew

              • Charleze

                Skin color and hair type are irrelevant here. Honestly I just find her comments unkind. Simply put i don’t like unkindness and neither do most human beings of any color, race creed or religion. Also for your reference because I know it is extremely important to you I am a beautiful brown skin woman college educated with a career (not a job). I wish you positivity in your life as it must be sad holding so much disdain for a group if women that are probably mirror images if your mother. It’s a sad thing when unkindness is acceptable to you based on physical attributes.

                • Drew

                  Exactly what college did you attend, ma’am? From the construct of your post, I’d argue that you should be absolved of your responsibility to repay your student loans.

    • KB is annoying me like Drew

      No one cares that she’s light, KB. They care that she is making fun of Rachel.

      • Drew

        Stop it. We’re not in Kansas anymore…

    • Thaalia

      Honestly it could’ve been almost ANYONE and SOMEONE would’ve called them out. No one is above reproach in the media. Youll always have someone saying something.

    • dee

      Why is everyone saying she pretty? She a basic chick. I have seen way more pretty women. And if people know Ms. Jones she always pulling a publicity stunt.

    • Guest

      What do her looks have to do with this? It was a rude comment to make about a girl that is on the stand talking about her best friend that was killed just moments after they spoke. It’s about being a decent person, nothing to do with how she looks.

  • Bee Rome

    WHAT is a Lolo? And how is she relevant again?

    • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

      She’s famous for choking at her first Olympics and for finishing 4th at her 2nd.

      • kb

        Straight up I think Lolo has achieve more than many of us will in our lifetime. Sher has several records to her name.

        • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

          So do track stars who actually won or placed. They aren’t famous . . . .you know why that is.

          • kb

            I do know why but is it her fault? Also she has won many competions, just not the olympics

            • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

              Okay you are either purposely being obtuse or you have a crush. In any case my statements stand.

              • kb

                No just don’t hate on chicks cause they are pretty -IJS

                • Bee Rome

                  Exactly, she need to stop hating on Rachel Jeantel and move on.

                • Drew

                  Exactly.

                • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

                  No one is hating on JUST because she’s pretty. But I see you want to be PC and completely avoid the real issue.

        • Drew

          Point: kb

        • IllyPhilly

          Noooooo, Just loop you into that crew. Don’t ask, “Oh what do you do or have done?” Because it’s the internet if I tell the truth or not, it’ll still be questioned and unbelieved.

          • kb

            not sure what you mean, I know Lolo Jones has been to the Olympics twice, and has won world championships, despite being homeless as a child. I am pretty sure most of us commenting don’t have a similar accomplishment. JS

            • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

              How about the girl who won the silver? No sponsors and had to borrow someone else’s cleats to run in the OLYMPICS. And she’s won more championships than Lolo.

              Now class can someone tell me what her name is without using Google?

    • Drew

      LoLo [loh-loh] (noun): A pretty, light-skinned woman who’s very easy to like for a certain demographic, and easy to loathe for others; a super-cute, light-skinned woman who, since elementary school, has taken the brunt of many verbal and physical assaults by girls and women who are essentially jealous of her

      • Annoyed at Drew.Shut Him Up

        Oh God….here we go with the Light Skin/Dark skin stuff…

        • Drew

          It’s not a “here we go…” We never stopped! That’s primarily what it’s always about. I’m a guy; I could care less about whether a chick’s light or dark. A chick of any color can and absolutely will get it as long as she’s cute, has a nice smile and a killer body. Those are the only things that matter.

          • Annoyed at Drew Shut Him Up

            You mention light skin in all your comments, stop lying. And is someone light skin if they’re not even black…?

          • Seriously

            You speak of her getting it. The question is will she want it?

            • drew wants to be Lolo so bad

              Most likely not, for 300 Bob!

              • Drew

                Wow! You have a serious dilemma on your hands. You can’t stop trolling me, and you can’t do sh**t about LoLo obviously being the bane of your very, very small existence.

            • Drew

              Answer: Yes

              • Seriously

                Oooooh our judges were looking for… fuq no.

                • Drew

                  Let’s have a gander at these “judges.” Half you heffas can’t even stand the sight of your own reflection. The sheer and utter nerve…

                  • Seriously

                    No sir. The “judges” are recognizing the reality of the situation. Not the superficial, bias point of view from your pen*s. Oh, and it’s “heifers”.

                    • Drew

                      Stop it — SERIOUSLY. It isn’t spelled “heffas”??? No way… Come on, homey. I know YOU know Ebonics. Anyway, you couldn’t even get out of your first sentence without erring (it’s actually “No, sir”). Furthermore, these “judges” of which you speak are actually weekend projects to me and my buddies. It’s just the game of life, Sunshine. Chill out. Everyone’s doin’ it!

                    • Seriously

                      They’re your “weekend projects and buddies.”? Really? I implore you to do better if that is truly the case. Use of the comma implies a pause in a complete thought. Use of the Oxford comma is also losing ground.

                    • Drew

                      Admittedly, it’s definitely my buddies who engage in this behavior — but, they’re weekend projects nonetheless. And, why should they do better? They can do better when they find a chick who demands more. That’s not their issue.

                      Regarding the scenario in question, you do need to offset “sir” with a comma before it. Now, if you were addressing someone (perhaps via email), you could forego the comma at the above juncture, and place it after your subject (e.g., “Dear Seriously,”). Anyway, I’m just blabbering. Have a great day! :-)

                      Drew

      • Bee Rome

        So if she is soo cute, why is she clearly jealous of Rachel Jeantel. You need to take several seats and stop sipping on the Kool Aid.

        • Annoyed at Drew.Shut Him Up

          No one is jealous of Rachel. Sit down Bee…I got diss, don’t blow up my spot. I’ll holla at you when I’m ready to tag team.

        • Drew

          I don’t think we’re living in the same universe. LoLo is jealous… of Rachel? The f**k???

      • Nia

        Her skin color has nothing to do with her being stupid.

      • Margaret Hendrix

        i’m still looking for this pretty light skinned woman. unless any woman that looks white is pretty to u guys. all i see is a long faced flat chested white girl.

      • geena

        Actually, white people think she a trout faced fool too. If you weren’t so busy trolling on black women sites you would know that. I guess white people are jealous too. NOT

        • Drew

          Grammar. Punctuation. <— Practice them (the correct way, that is). I simplified that for you.

          • geena

            LOL Ok bitter black man. You and others like you are the reason I have not, will not EVER date or associate with black men. I am a small business owner who has to constantly watch out because black men are the only ones stealing, lying and trying to con me. I hate dealing with you kneegrows. I wish I could put a sign on my store front that says “NO BLACK MEN ALLOWED”.

            • geena

              And another thing

              Keep trolling. I would love it if more black women opened their eyes and realized what a sorry waste of space black men really are. I am married to a beautiful 6 foot 4 blue eyed god that is everything I’ve ever wanted in a man. He’s the reason I’m a business owner. There are many others like him and they love black women too.

              Now I feel better…..Carry on

            • Drew

              Geena, please. Do you REALLY think that I, or dudes like me are ever checking for a 2-bit, (likely) overweight chick with self-confidence issues such as yourself? You have nothing I’d ever want in terms of material or otherwise possessions, so the need to lie and con you is effectively rendered obsolete. You’re a sad person.

  • Deirdra Johnson

    What she wrote is true. I wrote something similar as well. They are not going to understand that demeanor she was exhibiting.

    • EbonyLolita

      THey may not understand her demeanor but since when does being annoyed at answering the same question 100 different ways qualify as not being CREDIBLE! Ppl need to stick to the point & Lolo needs to perfect her craft before she makes fun of ANYONE! Social Media is really showing the ignorance of folks. I will not co-sign on the degredation of a young black child just b/c the commenter is a pseudo-celeb

      • IllyPhilly

        I do agree with you. The non-preparation or lack of right preparation from the lawyers was poorly executed. She’s young and probably not use to scrutiny like this especially involving something so serious.

      • Deirdra Johnson

        That is the only statement I made about that young lady, I never said she wasn’t credible. I don’t co-sign on the degredation either. At the end of the day the only opinion that matters is the opinion of the jury.

    • Gigi Vai

      It’s so sad that black people can’t be honest about this whole Jeantel thing. I’m not scapegoating Jeantel as everything wrong within the black community, but, let’s face it; the FILTHY laundry got exposed to the world and it PISSES black people off! They’ve all gone into damage control and are making EXCUSES for her blatantly ignorant behavior.

  • mikki21

    I think the whole comment was taken out of context. I feel she was saying the girl looked annoyed, kind of how Madea looks annoyed in the movie where Dr. Phil was asking her over and over in different ways “why are you angry”. Maybe it is just me, but that is how I took it.
    I think if the tweet was a little more detailed, then it would have had a different responce.

    • Yvette

      I ain’t buying it. If Rachel was slim, I don’t think the comment would have been made. She said it exactly how she meant it. Don’t make excuses for her ignorance!

    • andrea

      Are you serious? Did you really read what she said or is it that your the only one that read something different from everybody else, because I don’t see how you got your definition out of what she directly said. She said that she burned the interview on a DVD and that she was going to sell it as Medea goes to court. I guess it is only you that sees it your way.

  • get real

    Do some history on Lolo Jones. Her and her family was homeless and having to eat beans for dinner just to survive. It was bad for her that she had to steal candy bars from the local grocery store in Iowa. Just google her child hood story. She doesn’t have room to talk about anybody.

    • Yvette

      Which is why she should remain quiet and mind her business.

    • Gigi Vai

      And those “beans” and “stolen candy bars” have made her a beautiful woman…that you obviously are envious of and wish you looked like.

      • Ladybug94

        Nobody is envying her nor do they wish to look like her. She’s average at best.

        • Gigi Vai

          Sure she is…

      • Ladybug94

        Nobody is envying her nor do they wish to look like her. She’s average at best.

  • Kenedy

    Please Lolo….be quiet & go back to …..not winning medals, mmmk?

    • JerkJackson

      Blame Tyler Perry.

    • Drew

      She may not be winning medals, but she’s certainly relevant and getting money. That’s classified as winning.

      • drew drew, u fool

        What money? She was on twitter two weeks ago crying that the tiny check she received from bob sledding or whatever wasn’t enough to pay the bills she’s short on. Get out of her rectum, drewbie

        • Drew

          It’s apparent that you’re fixated on both rectums and d**ks. Kindly unseat yourself from mine (re: the latter) and quit worrying about who’s up LoLo’s (re: the former). My goodness…

          • me

            Ummmm, no. You put your cape on and got checked because you didn’t know what the phuk you were talking about.

            • Drew

              Riiight…

            • Drew

              Riiight…

      • Princess P.

        Your fame and notoriety comes from winning not just placing third or fourth. LoLo needs to start showing her real talent and stop trying to succeed off her looks mediocre talent. Very tasteless thing to say.

        • Drew

          Fame and notoriety comes from and for any reason; not just winning.

          • NeverAFlaw

            Which blankets do you prefer,pink or blue? Sit down batty tranny.

            • Drew

              You’re stupid, and lack the ability to effectively communicate. Go tend to your little bastards.

              • NeverAFlaw

                What?What you just said makes NO type of sense. We all know you’re gay,you just need to come out of the closet,gay boy.

                • Drew

                  One click of your username, and everyone can see that 4 out of your 5 most recent comments involve “gay” or some derivative of the word. I’m sure that trend continues throughout the rest of your comments. Now, for someone who allegedly has an issue with gay people, you’re certainly spending a whole lot of your time making sure the word “gay” isn’t too far from the tips of your fingers (and likely tongue). We call that suspect on Earth. If you haven’t engaged in homosexual activity to date, you’re but a mere milisecond away from finding yourself in a man’s arms, breathing deeply and saying, “I’ve never done this before…” Sad.

      • IllyPhilly

        *crickets*

        • Drew

          “IllyPhilly” <— 0_o

          • Drew’s Mama

            Don’t mind Drew you guys, my baby just wants to be Lolo sooo bad! Hunny, clear your Internet history next time..

            • Drew

              Wait — now, I want to BE LoLo??? You must be some crunchy black, nappy-kitchen-having, struggle-tail-donning, fat broad. You are doing the utmost! LOL! You’ll find someone to love you one day. Yes, he’ll cheat on you with chubby, white girls, but he’ll love you all the same. Just be patient.

              • Drew Made Me Sad

                :'(

      • Gigi Vai

        I’d hate to rear the head of that “colorism” monster, but this Lolo Jones can’t get anything but backhanded remarks from envious dark-skinned females.