Lori “Lolo” Jones has made more news (at least on social media) for crass comments than her athletic prowess as a track & field hurdler-turned-Winter Olympic bobsledder in recent months.
Last night took a medieval turn for Ms. Jones as she Tweeted her thoughts on rapper Drake hosting the ESPN Awards Show, The ESPYs this year:
Yep. Poor taste. Not good form and it really wasn’t appreciated by a segment of Twitter who spent most of the night (save for an hour of Scandal watching) roasting Lolo for every failure or mishap she’s had in her public life. MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor had a more poignant sit down session via Twitter with Lolo, noting that most of her derisive comments (from telling a fan she needed a perm to calling Rachel Jeantel “Madea”) are directed towards women of color.
To me, Lolo Jones is a great study of self-awareness – lack of it and TOO much of it at the same damn time.
Self-awareness is defined by Merriam-Webster as “knowledge and awareness of your own personality or character.” Wikipedia also describes it as “the capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals.” The latter really defines Lolo Jones’ social media persona to a T.
Lolo first made headlines outside of track and field for her abstinence, separating herself from many an attractive woman athlete seen as sexual or sexy by most of society. Then as she became more of a presence on Twitter and in the public eye, she started to suffer from the double-edged sword of self-awareness – she either cares too much about what people think or doesn’t care at all. The lack of a middle ground is the downfall of quite a few folks and Lolo’s inability to rein in either side is what keeps her in hot water.
The Wikipedia definition of self-awareness fits Lolo Jones on Twitter because Tweeting passive-aggressive things of a racial and slut-shaming nature is separating her ethnic (Creole) and sexual (abstinent) identities from everyone else, making her feel special in her eyes.
However, the Merriam-Webster definition of self-awareness is the one Lolo Jones should become more familiar with…for her sake.