Lolo Jones compares Trayvon Martin witness to Tyler Perry’s Madea

The Olympian, known for her gaffes, makes a derogatory comment under the guise of a joke

Topics: Lolo Jones, Tyler Perry, madea, Trayvon Martin, Rachel Jeantel, Racism,

Olympic track athlete Lolo Jones has found herself at the center of controversy again, this time for comparing Rachel Jeantel, the 19-year old star witness in the Trayvon Martin case, to Tyler Perry’s black matriarch character, “Madea.”

Many found the remark offensive. But Jones, who has apologized for her ill-conceived attempts at humor before, has not yet responded to her critics, at least on Twitter:

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Instead, she issued the following statement via Twitter:

Prachi Gupta
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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