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“God Didn’t Create Sex For That Purpose”: Lolo Jones, A Devout Christian, Wants You To Boycott “Fifty Shades Of Grey”
I haven’t seen and don’t plan to see Fifty Shades of Grey (well, at least not until it comes on my TV for free.99). I’m not interested because I didn’t read the book, and the chemistry (or lack thereof) I see between the two stars of the film in the previews is not getting me all hot and bothered. Just saying.
But infamous Olympian Lolo Jones doesn’t want to see it because she believes it is “harmful.” And she doesn’t want you to see it either. A devout Evangelical Christian, the hurdler and bobsledder took to Twitter yesterday to encourage people to go a different route at the movies, because “God didn’t create sex for that purpose.” Many people use sex as a way to deal with emotional pain, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, and to her, Fifty Shades of Grey encourages that.
That was pretty much all she said. But people weren’t feeling it. In fact, quite a few individuals called her everything but a child of God when her comments went viral, and felt that as a virgin, her opinions on sex aren’t valid. But the athlete is hitting back. She took to Facebook to set folks straight and stand by her original statements:
50 Shades of Grey. I asked my followers to ‘watch another movie’. Imagine being called the most derogatory names, like a “b_ _ _ _ ” or a “c_ _ _” just for encouraging people to not promote something that is harmful. I just wish every woman would know she is worth more than what this movie depicts. And that every man knows being a gentleman is not outdated.
Women were never created to be treated that horribly. And men were never created to treat women, or anyone for that matter, that abusively. It creates a completely false image of true love.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8
If God has called me to think about “such things” as listed above, I know without the shadow of a doubt that “such things” do not include glamorizing sexual violence, violence against women, abuse of power or premarital sex. Encouraging acts like that, such as in ’50 Shades of Grey’ can only influence and manipulate what is “normal” as opposed to what is right.
Haters group 1: “Lolo is not allowed to speak about sex because she’s a Virgin. “
I’ve also never been obese but I know the sincere health risks to being overweight. There are tons of statistics on how damaging porn, premarital sex and cohabiting are prior to marriage, completely unrelated to Christianity. That doesn’t even include how damaging sexual abuse is for individuals and couples alike. I believe that my desire to remain pure is perfectly in line with God’s best for my life. I know it will aid me in escaping deeper heartache than what could take place in my relationships. I also believe it eliminates the confusion that comes with being bonded, tied to multiple men while searching for The One.
Haters group 2: “How can Lolo talk about the purity and her Twitter picture is risky.”
I guess they haven’t seen me in my Olympic uniform jumping spread eagle over hurdles.
Haters group 3: “Lolo is just doing this for the fame”
You think about the cast from 90210 and how famous they were years ago. If any of them walked into a grocery store today, people would walk right by them. Fame is fleeting. I have never asked to be famous, but I did ask God to use me.
1 Peter 1:24 “As Scriptures say, ‘People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades.’”
Haters group 4: “It’s just a fiction movie it has no impact so just chill.”
The movie ‘Natural Born Killers’ inspired some of the most gruesome copycat crimes. Also, the movie ‘Scream’ encouraged teenagers to murder. Movies will always inspire its viewers. Motivation and behavior can come from endless sources of inspiration, whether it’s a movie, video game, or novel. ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, although seemingly insignificant, can easily encourage and or inspire men, women and children to act according to the behaviors that are represented.
Matthew 6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body, So if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
I just simply don’t think that is good for the soul – for anyone.
Despite her feelings, the film has been a huge hit at the box office. Over the four-day holiday weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey ended up bringing in $94 million, a record.
But what are your thoughts? And have you, or do you plan on seeing the film? Talk about it.
This week was poppin’ when it comes to the news tip. There was the issue of Mathew spreading his seed all over the place. And then the NFL is coming under all types of fire. First with Ray Rice and his domestic violence issues and this week with the details behind Adrian Peterson’s child abuse case.
Earlier this week, Lolo Jones was eliminated from “Dancing With The Stars” the first week and she wrote a letter detailing her embarrassment.
So much juiciness, so much tea.
See what the editors of MadameNoire thought about these topics in this week’s “Did Y’all See?”
Lolo Jones can NOT catch a break. Though she is constantly referenced in the media, for being a virgin or talking smack on Twitter, she is a professional runner. Yet, her actual achievements when it comes time for the Olympics, leave much to be desired. After a devastating loss in 2008 and failure to medal in 2012,The New York Times notably pointed out that the media attention Jones receives is based less on her actual abilities and more on her “exotic beauty” and you know the fact that she’s not having sex. That freaks people out.
In an attempt to seek success in another sport, she transitioned to Bobsledding. She qualified for the Olympic team but was unable to earn a medal.
And though Jones has struggled a bit in the professional sports arena, she stays in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. She was caught fighting in the club, likened Rachel Jeantel to Madea during the Travyon Martin trial. And slut shamed Rihanna, claiming she had slept with several men at the ESPY awards.
Perhaps, Jones thought she would join ABC’s “Dancing With Stars” and show us her winning side.
But that didn’t happen. After just the first week, she was eliminated.
Jones didn’t take the loss easily and wrote a note about it on her Facebook wall.
My prayer tonight is for God to soften me and my heart. When you go so many times rejected in public you put walls up. When I was dancing last night and messed up I had flashbacks of the three Olympics and that people constantly tease me about. I thought oh no here it comes again. People are going to ridicule me. I’m so tired of feeling embarrassed.
I joined the other competitors upstairs and I couldn’t force a smile on my face. I felt like vomiting and in between the other dances I went in a back room and fought back tears. I felt so broken. So unlovable. Embarassed.
My brief time on #DWTS was a lasting lesson. I really wanted to stay on the show and have the layers of hurt wash away by showing the public how hard I work. I wanted to come away a victor for once. I wanted to do so good performing in public that the haters would stop teasing me.
But that is my way of thinking. Not Gods. Instead I need to trust God that he would heal my heart. That I would not work so hard for the world to validate and redeem me but know that God already conquered that for me on the cross.
My time was brief but the lesson is lasting. Thank you everyone who wrote me kind messages. You were helping me not fall into darkness.
Love ya guys (see I’m getting softer )
My prayer for tonight
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
I’m going to keep my full opinion to myself, but I’m sure Rachel Jeantel is somewhere cracking the hell up. But seriously though, I think it’s important that Lolo recognize her own heart needs to soften a bit before she achieves the success she’s looking for.
Were you surprised to see Lolo go home so early? What do you think of her letter?
In case you missed it, you can watch Lolo’s dance and her reception to the judges’ criticism in the video on the next page.
Lolo Jones is about to get a taste of some of the criticism she so freely dolls out on Twitter as it’s been reported the track and bobsled star is slated to joining the next season of Dancing With the Stars. Lolo will appear on the hit ABC dancing challenge with an interesting group of celebs, from talk show host and political commentator Tavis Smiley to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro. Who else is here for the Carlton dance? You know it’s coming!
The rest of the DWTS Season 19 lineup includes:
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater
Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke
Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatryod
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough
Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess
The next season is already set to air next Monday, September 15 and here’s a sneak peek look at “Carlton” and his partner Witney Carson and Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe . Will you be tuning in to see how these stars shake it?
In the words of Rachel Jeantel: “Lolo Jones? She’s a hater.”
After growing tired of making jokes about Jeantel, the witness who testified during the George Zimmerman trial, and dissing her own fans on Twitter, Lolo Jones decided to take aim at the celebs and try to throw some shade at Drake and Rihanna.
You might have heard that Drake, a sports lover who can often be seen cheesing with and hanging with basketball stars, was asked to host this year’s ESPY awards. He said that it was something of a dream of his, and after his lauded acting/comedic work on Saturday Night Live, the producers behind the awards show probably were impressed enough to give him a shot:
“It’s been a dream of mine for a long time. I watched a guy that I look up to in every aspect of life — Jamie Foxx — do it and I always say if I can follow in his footsteps that’ll be a great career for me, so I was blessed with the opportunity to do it. “SNL” gave me the confidence to do it.”
Well, ready to crap on Drake’s enthusiasm, Lolo Jones came out of nowhere last night to give her two cents on his hosting opportunity, and to also call out Rihanna’s dating history. The Bajan singer has been linked to, and dated, a few athletes in her time, including ex-boyfriend and LA Dodger, Matt Kemp.
This is what Jones said on Twitter:
Of course, you know the Navy and just people who don’t understand her in general lashed out at Jones’ statements, saying everything from she resembles a man to bringing up the fact that she hasn’t been lucky enough to take home gold in the Olympic games (neither in hurdling or as a bobsledder in the winter games). Others actually found the joke quite funny. Jones herself defended her statements by saying that it was all a joke, and posted a video of Seth Meyers and his opening monologue at the 2011 show:
Neither Rihanna nor Drake have commented.
Lolo Jones just baffles me with the statements she makes on Twitter, but what about you? Do you think her “joke” was disrespectful? Or no harm no foul? Talk about it!
Remember the days when you used to watch Seinfeld and think that Kramer was hilarious? That was until he went on a rant in a nightclub against some black hecklers and screamed that they were nothing but “ni**ers.” I haven’t been able to look at him the same ever since. And similar side eyes are given to these talented Hollywood folks, whose antics and personal lives have become difficult to separate from their work.
This probably explains why he didn’t bother to show up to the Golden Globes on Sunday to accept his Cecil B. DeMille Award. While folks were applauding Woody Allen for his contributions to film, his ex-wife and son, Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow were speaking openly about him being a child molester. And seeing that he is currently married to Farrow’s adopted daughter from a previous relationship, he’s probably going to have a hard time ever living that down. This man’s life has been the definition of scandal.
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?
Yes―Black people do live in Iowa! In case you didn’t know, quite a few have grown up in the Hawkeye state. Iowa isn’t the most diverse place, considering African Americans count for 2.9% of the population, but there are a handful. Click through to see who is from the big Midwest state.
Femi Emiola was born in Iowa City, Iowa, but raised in the Phillipines and Nigeria. When she was a teenager she returned to the US and attended Iowa State University where she studied theatre arts. She has also studied acting in New York City and is best known for her role on “Wicked Wicked Games.”
It’s truly sad that every time Lolo Jones is in the news, it’s for something completely unrelated to her sport(s). You may remember that initially she was a track star and then when she didn’t perform as expected in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, coming in seventh place, she decided to pursue bobsledding. But her name is always in the headlines. She once challenged a former Rutgers football player to a race not realizing he was paralyzed. And most recently she inspired outrage when she compared Rachel Jeantel to Tyler Perry’s Madea.
Today, Lolo is in the news, once again, for fighting in the club. When I first heard the story I thought it was a rumor. But turns out it was true… though the level of fighting is up for debate.
Lolo Jones was involved in a nightclub altercation with the stepdaughter of a bobsledder hall of famer, Tony Carlino. The two got into an argument on Saturday at a popular club in Lake Placid, New York and had to be separated by bouncers.
As with any fight, things get blown out of proportion. Rumors swirled that Lolo knocked this unnamed woman out in the club. But the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation (USBSF) found no reason to sanction Jones.
The USBSF spokeswoman, Amanda Bird said they found no evidence to support the claim that Jones knocked the woman out. At this time they don’t believe Jones violated the team’s code of conduct. But the USBSF CEO, Darrin Steele says that this lack of punishment could change if they find new evidence. It also issued a warning saying this is why athletes should avoid even putting themselves in situations where things like this can happen.
Lolo has had more success in bobsledding, (she won a silver medal in the World Cup circuit) and will compete to be in one of three sled for next winter’s Olympics.
And today, Rachel Jeantel sat down with Joy Reid of theGrio and spoke on the backlash she received from the likes of Lolo Jones and others.
See what she had to say on the next page.
Humor can be very tricky to maneuver. I remember as a little girl watching friends and family members make jokes about people and everyone laughing. So I would join in, excited to be a contributor to the joy, and say something that would make everyone go: “Awww… that was mean.” I couldn’t understand it at first. What was I saying that was any worse than what everyone else had already said. I didn’t realize then that though my intentions were just to add to the fun, I crossed a boundary into hurtful territory.
In life, there’s a thin line between many situations. There’s a thin line between love and hate, genius and madness, and certainly humor and disrespect. If you weren’t familiar with that thin line before, it probably illuminated itself when Lolo Jones sent that very unfortunate tweet at Rachel Jeantel’s expense. During such an emotionally charged situation people might try to bring some levity to a situation, but that tweet was just bad, on all fronts.
Twitter has become an epicenter of humor. Within 140 characters, people have been able to release clever quips that have helped paved their way to stardom (a la Kelly Oxford), or at least gain you loyal following. So sometimes twitter can take some back to the playground days of watching people joke and laugh at each and wanting to get in as well. Wanting to expose your comedic brilliance to the world, but there’s an important difference between stepping to the line, and crossing it.
For example, let’s take our Flavor of Love Season 1 Alum, Courtney Jackson, affectionally named by the chicken loving hype man, Flavor Flav, as “Goldie.” Goldie’s commentary on her season allowed her to parlay her word play into a field of stand-up comedy, and also host and provide commentary for other VH1 specials. So when Goldie was eliminated from “Charm School,” the then Dean, Mo’Nique, offered Courtney to tour and open for her show. All was well and good, until Goldie made a joke at Mo’Nique’s expense. Mo’Nique rescinded her offer, and now Goldie is…
What about the teacher who as a joke at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, took a picture giving the finger, and appearing to yell next to a sign that said: “Silence and Respect.” The teacher, Lindsey Stone, wanted to poke fun at challenging authority. (She also took a picture the night before of her smoking in front of a “No Smoking” sign.) The joke might have been taken well if it was just a random park, but it is a monument to honor not just an unknown soldier, but to honor the memory of all soldiers who have been killed in battle.
Yes, the thirst for a few laughs is indeed real, and while it might seem like you’re about to just add to the fun, you have to be knowledgable about what you’re about to say or do and how it will affect others. Some of the most respected and funny comedians will step very close to a line, but not cross it, and that’s something that people should learn. Don’t allow yourself to get swept up in the possibility of a laugh, or a few follows by hurting someone else in the process. Because doors can be shut (Goldie) and jobs can be lost (Lindsey Stone). At the end, no one wins and you just end up being the one that people are laughing at, rather than with. So think before you tweet, and joke responsibly.
This informal PSA has been brought to you by the letter ‘K,’ for Kendra Koger @kkoger.