Thanks to all of us spending more time on social media, a lot of comedians found their standing and fanbase in 2020. In short-form comedy clips, stars such as Luke Millington Drake and Mary-Alice Farina took advantage of fans seeking comfort (Luke’s signature bit is his Kiera Knightly illustration, while Mary-Alice went viral for her 2020 version of Miranda Priestly looking down on people who refuse to wear masks) and grew their followers.
Not only did other people like Tabitha Brown expand their fan base, but they now have TV shows.
Comedian Jordan Firstman, who you undoubtedly saw on your feed at some point (remember his “Fly’s Publicist” clip after the VP debates?), is part of this group of so-called “quarantine stars”.
The rise of Jordan to stardom was so amazing, The Cut even ran a profile, calling him the “Cocky Prince of Quarantine.” But then Diet Prada dug up some troubling tweets of his from 2012 on December 23, which really made people doubt his character.
What Are Jordan Firstman’s Tweets, You May Be Wondering?
Although they’ve since been scrubbed, Jordan Firstman tweeted, “speaking of homeless, people..has anyone tried killing one?” as well as “RT if you are a strong black woman. I’m looking to hire someone to fight in my place when needed.” He also wrote, “I hate Indian people because at my last Dublin donuts they knew my name and order and at this one they don’t.” Although some people have come to his defense (including actress Jameela Jamil), calling his tweets “satire,” many have pointed out how harmful, tone-deaf, and offensive they are, and that these topics should never be the subject of a joke.
If you want to read the short article Diet Prada wrote about Jordan Firstman, click on the link below:
Jordan immediately apologized, posting a long letter to his Instagram, which reads,
“I wrote some offensive jokes on Twitter in 2012 when I was 19 that are now being circulated online. I am deeply regretful and sorry for these tweets; I was young and dumb and trying to find my comedic voice. I have grown a million lifetimes since and I do not stand by them in any way. I say this with 100 percent confidence and purity, all I want is for everyone on earth to live happy, equal, and fruitful life filled with love and laughter. I will continue to work on myself and continue to grow as I have always sought to do. I love you all. Truly all.”
Click on the link below to see the original post about Jordan’s letter:
Many people are not eager to accept his apology, and are also upset that Jameela rushed to his defense. “Jameela Jamil defending a racist comedian (Jordan Firstman) is surprising but it’s unsurprising she didn’t do her research,” one person tweeted.
Others wonder why Jordan thought it would be appropriate at any age to racism or joke about killing homeless people, or how quickly some people who have not been oppressed have already let the tweets go, with one person tweeting, “I guess the whitest thing I could do is act surprised by how many people think it was ever normal to write tweets like this Jordan Firstman drop, at any age. So.”
Yet, some people are wondering whether cancel culture has gone too far, and whether we really should punish a person for the stuff they tweeted when they were 19.
Hopefully, Jordan has really internalized his past behavior and has taken serious note of the public scrutiny he has gotten. While his previous tweets were disgusting, it is also true that individuals are evolving, learning, and increasing. As long as we take true responsibility, that is, of our mistakes. As for the stardom of Jordan and if it will weather this? That is to decide for his followers.
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