“I am a Black woman and I am a feminist and I am so many things. I am truly honored that people love my work. But I am not yours” Jessica Williams

When John Stewart announced that he was retiring from The Daily Show, the first person that popped into everyone’s mind as a replacement was Jessica Williams, who appears on the show as a correspondent. So many people thought it would be amazing to have a young, Black female voice on late night. But Williams stated that she was neither ready for such a job, or was even interested.

“Fact 1: I’m not hosting. Thank you but I am extremely under-qualified for the job!” she tweeted. “I am super not right for it, but there are quite a few people who are! Can’t wait to stick around & see what happens.”

And that’s when all hell broke loose on Twitter. All of the white women tears came streaming into Williams’ mentions. So much so, Williams had to once again clarify herself:

“I’m not like, dead. This is the beginning of my career,” Williams tweeted.

One white women in particular bashed Williams for not wanting to take a job and accused of her having imposter syndrome and that she needed to lean in.

Lean In.

How about lean back for a second and let Williams make the decisions that are right for her. It’s hilarious how someone who knows that it’s not the right time for them to step up to a certain position, is then bashed for making that decision, because she’s not ‘manning up’.

Once again, Williams had to defend her choices on Twitter.

“Are you unaware, how insulting that can be for a fully functioning person to hear that her choices are invalid? Because you have personally decided, that I DON’T know myself- as a WOMAN you are saying that I need to lean in. Because of my choice, you have diagnosed me with something without knowing me at all. For the world to see.”

So what’s exactly feminist about bashing another woman because of her career choices? That looks nothing like solidarity to me.

And Williams felt the same way. “I am a Black woman and I am a feminist and I am so many things. I am truly honored that people love my work. But I am not yours,” she tweeted. “No offense, but Lean the Fuck away from me for the next couple of days. I need a minute.”


The End.

Lean on that.


Photo Credits: Jessica Williams’ Twitter / Victoria Will/Invision/AP

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