Few social media users seem to have an issue with criticizing celebrities, but when Olympian Lolo Jones recently tweeted a comment about a 19-year-old ear witness, she got a large dose of her own medicine.
The track and field athlete, who failed to earn any medals during the 2012 Olympics, posted a remark, comparing Trayvon Martin’s friend, Rachel Jeantel, to a much-criticized film character.
“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,” Lolo wrote.
Twitter toughies reacted swiftly, posting messages that shamed Lolo and suggested she focus more on her track career, and leave the comedy to the professionals.
“You worried about the wrong things boo…” posted a user who included a photo of Lolo tumbling over a hurdle.
Others criticized Lolo for joking about a trial that surrounds the fatal shooting of a teenager. She responded that she acknowledged the gravity of the situation.
“As we’re watching this trial unfold the one commonality we can agree on is there was a loss of young life,” she wrote after the backlash began.
Some commented that they felt sorry for Lolo after the Twitter attack, but more saved their sympathy for Rachel.
Read the tweets below.
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