Actress Nicole Yvette Brown was one of the first to throw stones. The “Community” actress apparently forgot that she is not without sin.
Brown’s initial reaction on Twitter was fairly innocuous; she simply said “Nope” in response to the news that Jennings is temporarily taking over. But when others asked why she dislikes the choice, Brown pointed her followers back to Jennings old tweets, saying, “Peep his old tweets and get back to me.” Brown then explained that “It’s a nope for me” because of an old tweet in which Jennings joked, “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.”
Okay, Jennings’ joke was in poor taste, and not funny. Stipulated. But is that enough of a reason to oppose “The Greatest of All Time” winner, and longtime fan-favorite, from filling in?
Apparently for Brown it is. She explained her reasoning in several more tweets:
“His tweet was bad enough. But the arrogance or callousness to leave it up says more about him than the horrible tweet does,” she wrote.
“It’s that he tweeted it, was called out on how craptastic it was & defiantly left it up. That’s either misplaced arrogance, a knowledge of his unmerited privilege – that he knows will protect him or a callousness that is also disqualifying to ME,” she also said.
Jennings publicly apologized for the joke in 2018, and he has deleted the tweet.
This isn’t the first time Brown has set herself up as an arbitrator of what is acceptable. (Her Twitter bio says #StayWoke.)
Brown previously tweeted that she stopped watching “Mad Men” after seeing an episode that depicted the use of blackface (even though the drama presented it in a historically accurate way that was realistic in the context of the racist time the show took place). Brown also criticized journalist Megyn Kelly for discussing blackface on the “Today” show.
Brown wrote on Twitter: “I’m over these late-in-life realizations about racism AND the tired apologies. What made you realize blackface is wrong today, @MegynKelly? The threats to your livelihood? Girl, bye. You meant what you said.”
She also called Megyn Kelly a “privileged twit” and said she did not earn or deserve to have an NBC show.
Kelly never wore blackface; she merely questioned whether it was inherently racist in all situations, or if intent matters. And for that she was fired by NBC, even though several NBC sitcoms used blackface as a comedic device, including “30 Rock,” “The Office,” “Scrubs,” and “Community.”
That’s right… “Community,” which features Yvette Nicole Brown playing the character Shirley Bennett.
Brown herself participated in the filming of an episode of NBC’s “Community” that used blackface. She collected a paycheck for doing so. And she has not publicly apologized. This is high hypocrisy on full display.
Streaming giants Netflix and Hulu later pulled the episode.
Brown is unwilling to forgive Ken Jennings for a joke made in poor taste, yet she was willing to look the other way when it comes to “Community” creator Dan Harmon, who she continued to work with after he made a graphic parody video in which he molested and raped babies.
During a table read to raise money during the pandemic, Brown even badgered Harmon to give her a voice acting role on his animated show “Rick and Morty.”
It’s a double standard, but the high priests and priestesses of the Woke religion are immune from the rules by which they judge everyone else. If Brown were fairly held to her own rules, she would be canceled for her complicity in producing offensive material with offensive people.
To date, Ken Jeong is the only cast member to publicly apologize. Nice of his castmates to let the blame fall all on him, despite the fact they were all participants in making that episode, and that scene.
Ironically, Yvette Nicole Brown’s character on “Community” was frequently called out by the other characters for acting holier-than-thou while exhibiting the same human failings as other mere mortals, like in the season 2 episode 10 episode “Mixology Certification” where her picture is found on a bar’s Wall of Shame.
Quoting the character Troy Barnes: “It’s a funny picture because you act so perfect all the time.”
Indeed. It’s funny when people castigate others for things that they are guilty of themselves.