Lolo Jones is known as much for the disrespectful things she says as she’s known for her pursuits of a medal in hurdles at the Olympics (2008 and 2012), maybe more. She received a great deal of backlash for her comments about Rachel Jeantel during the George Zimmerman trial (Rachel Jeantel looked so irritated during the cross-examination that I burned it on DVD and I’m going to sell it as Madea goes to court). And Jones, who has successfully tried her hand at bobsledding and is currently battling with her team for a spot in the Winter Olympics, caught major heat from Twitter last night for putting her foot in her mouth again. After a curly-headed fan dressed up for her as Halloween saying “Had to be my girl @lolojones for Halloween. My idol. I just need a hurdle.,” Jones caught wind of the picture and for some reason, thought it would be cute or maybe even funny to tell the fan that if she really wanted to look like Jones, she needed a perm:
Clearly this was a very unnecessary thing to say to someone who is trying to pay homage to you. As my coworker would say, “a simple thank you would have sufficed,” and indeed it would have. Of course, Twitter followers went in on her for dissing a fan, including one woman who said, “This broad Lolo Jones has like 2.4 fans and she just told one of them to get a relaxer. Jesus take it.” Jones tried to respond to the backlash with this:
“If i had curly hair& she had hers straight and I told her to get a curly perm to mimic no one would cared but the other way ppl flip. #noted”
No dear, it’s the fact that you decided to clown someone who was trying to show you love on Halloween. The least you could have done was show love back. Do better–much better.
What do you think of all this, as well as Jones’ response to the backlash?