KARDASHIAN KLAN vs JORDYN WOODS
Despite not being interested in anything Kardashian/Jenner, it was hard to miss the story that swept the internet. Jordyn Woods (Kylie Jenner's best friend) was seen messing around with Tristan Thompson (Khloe Kardashian's baby daddy) at a party in LA. The Kardashian Klan then proceeded to use their social media influence to bully 21 year old Jordyn.
Contrary to popular belief, Jordyn wasn't a pauper that Kylie found on the street, her father worked on the set of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' with Will Smith and her family have been close family friends of the Smiths since before Jordyn was born. Seeing what the Kardashian Klan was doing to Jordyn, Jada Pinkett Smith quickly put an end to it by allowing Jordyn to tell her side of the story on her popular Facebook show, 'Red Table Talk".
Will Smith made it a point to subtly let it be known that Jordyn had the support of the entire Smith family by making a FaceTime cameo. This was incredibly important for several reasons, one of those being that the Kardashian Klan have a reputation of using the media to silence black women who come up against them even when they are at fault (do your Googles). He also hinted that he knew (and may even have warned) that the Klan would one day do Jordyn dirty. This is the first time I have seen Will Smith assert his A-list status and I loved every moment of it.
Based on Jordyn's account, not only did she not betray the Kardashian Klan but she was also a victim of sexual assault. Like many others, I felt that Jada missed a great opportunity to address the affects of unwanted sexual advances and rape culture in general. Too often, women are made to carry the burden of guilt in their assault cases and seeing Jordyn apologise for being in the wrong place at the wrong time was a clear example of the deep affects of rape culture.
Jordyn IS guilty of breaking the girl code: she should not have attended a party at the house of her friend's ex-boyfriend/baby daddy when the friend in question (Khloe) was not present and when asked by Khloe and Kylie how the party went, she should have been honest about Tristan kissing her HOWEVER it's not her fault that Tristan "Third Trimester" Thompson kissed her without her consent and she sure as hell isn't responsible for the breakdown of Khloe's family.
Of course the internet was very quick to remind Khloe of all the times she "stole" men from her friends and that she was even guilty of "stealing" Tristan from his then pregnant girlfriend (NB: You can't "steal" a person from a relationship, they are willing participants to the abandonment of their partner. #NotRudeHonest).
Fast forward a few months and Jordyn seems to be living her best life but the Kardashian Klan are still sending subliminal messages via social media and their show, 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians'. Red Table Talk seemed to have anticipated that one sit down wouldn't be enough to settle the matter and in true chess player fashion, a clip of Jordyn passing a lie detector test was released just as the scandal started to bubble up again.
As a woman I feel bad that Khloe has had to go through all this drama while welcoming her first child into the world but as a black woman, I am glad that the Klan were not successful in destroying Jordyn's career; the fact that women in their mid to late 30s banded together to cyber bully and unleash their various fan bases on a 21 year old was just disgusting.
The real casualty of this whole saga was the destruction of what appeared to be a great friendship between Jordyn and Kylie. It's great to see that Jordyn seems to have moved on both in her career and her personal life but a much deeper conversation needs to be had about the way we deal with women who find themselves in similar situations and the affect that social media has on silencing victims; Jordyn was lucky to have so many people believe and support her, many women and girls aren't as lucky.