UPDATED: 7:53 p.m. ET, Feb. 22:
Jason Johnson has since apologized for the comments he made about Black women, who support Bernie Sanders, calling them “misfit Black girls.” He said in part, “It was a harmful and unnecessary comment and I apologize.”
MSNBC reporter Jason Johnson appears to have stolen the misogynoir baton from Snoop Dogg after a snippet of his interview on Sirius XM’s “The Karen Hunter Show” unleashed his true feelings about Black women who support Senator Bernie Sanders, referring to these women as “misfit Black girls.”
“I do find it fascinating that racist liberal whites seem to love them some Bernie Sanders, consistently.” Johnson said. “And always have a problem with any person of color who doesn’t want to follow with the orthodoxy of their Lord and Savior Bernie Sanders.”
However, that isn’t what ignited the social media flames calling for Johnson’s firing, also resulting in the hashtag #FireJasonJohnson.
“The man cares nothing for intersectionality,” he continued. “And I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit Black girls that you throw out to defend you on a regular basis, it doesn’t mean that your campaign is serious.”
Johnson was seemingly referring to Briahna Joy Gray, Sanders’ National Press Secretary, and Nina Turner, National Co-chair of the Senator’s 2020 campaign.
To be clear, describing any Black woman as a “misfit” and referring to Black women as “girls,” are both sexist and outright problematic.
Gray responded to the comments on social media writing, “I hope we can have political disputes without engaging in open racism and sexism. This misogynoir is disappointing, but not surprising from @DrJasonJohnson. I hope we can all encourage each other to be better.”
She wrote in a separate tweet, championing for the women Johnson disparaged, “So many of us #misfitblackgirls have been maligned for being different. For wearing our hair a certain way or for daring to have a unique point of view. The space we occupy is so much bigger than an island. We’re a continent. And we’re not going anywhere. Love to you all.”
While Gray’s response was exceedingly gracious, considering the magnitude of Johnson’s attack, social media wasn’t as merciful.
“MSNBC must fire Jason Johnson after [his] horrific comments about Briahana Joy and Nina Turner. Not only are they disgusting, but they show he is incapable of balanced coverage,” one person tweeted.
Another likened Johnson to Don Imus, the late radio shock joke who referred the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as “nappy headed hos” and “jigaboos” while on-air in 2007. “’…misfit black girls’ is the blackface version of ‘nappy-headed hoes’. I see you Jason ‘Imus’ Johnson.”
A third user called for the protection of Black women, writing, “We know how wrong @DrJasonJohnson commentary usually is, but this is a whole different kettle of fish. This was unbelievably disgusting and difficult to hear. I often do not subscribe to cancel culture, but we must defend of Black sisters.”
Social media is heated.
And Black folks, they’re heated AND tired, especially Black women.
#FireJasonJohnson — clear contempt for Sanders that not only does he lie on MSNBC in a daily basis— but he is a part of a society that regularly denigrates Black woman, which is *very alarming* as he is also an editor at @TheRoot (a publication which aims to point out & rid that) https://t.co/Blc1jL9tZp— Tamanisha J John (@TamanishaJohn) February 21, 2020
Why is it ok to demean the black women supporting Bernie by calling them #MisfitBlackGirls?— Alexa Can’t Abide Bastards🌹🌻 (@VanishingAlexa) February 21, 2020
Why is it ok to perpetuate the term #BernieBros, when trans women have spoken out against it?
Why is it ok to constantly demean us under the guise of civility?#FireJasonJohnson
Jason Johnson: "Racist, liberal whites seem to love them some Bernie Sanders."— Robert Bromberger (@Thescaredshadow) February 21, 2020
Me: "Oh that's bad."
Jason Johnson: "I don’t care how many people from the island of misfit Black girls you throw out there to defend you."
Me: "Oh that's REALLY bad."#FireJasonJohnson
#FireJasonJohnson as a misfit Black girl I have heard these attacks from men all my life. Anyone who is confident, smart, strong is a threat. If he had said this about Lis Smith or Symone Sanders there would be riots.— Frau Kayla (@RealKaylaJames) February 22, 2020
And the media calls us mean Bernie Bros?
Jason Johnson (not calling him Dr.) is just a long line of brothers who are willing to sell the rest us out for riches. A tale as old as the slave trade— Nick is a Dr. Cornel West Democrat 🥋 (@SocialistMMA) February 22, 2020
Class interests before all. But his recently comments is even more unhinged than I could imagine
MSNBC must #FireJasonJohnson
Let me get this straight, the man who Defended the racist sexual harassing billionaire OLIGARCH is referring to sanders suporting women of color as "Black girl island misfits" who could have seen this coming.🤔#firejasonjohnson #FireJasonJohnson https://t.co/SWykBA4lqb— Beatnik Trip🌹 (@beatnik_trip) February 21, 2020