Its no secret now that Jon Stewart will be leaving the Daily Show, and since he made the announcement everyone started picking their fantasy replacements.
This makes sense of course. The Daily Show is loved by all (except maybe the conservatives and nuts the show makes fun of) and fans hope to see the show continue but change for the better, depending on who takes over.
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One such name that kept popping up was Jessica Williams, a wickedly funny correspondent on the show who has blossomed over the last few months. On Sunday, Williams herself said she would not be taking over for Stewart.
“Thank you, but I am extremely under-qualified for the job!,” she tweeted, adding “ 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.”
So what happens when someone not only disagrees with Williams but tries to imply she is not capable of making her own decisions?
Well they get the Twitter equivalent of a butt whooping.
Ester Bloom is a writer who works at a site called The Billfold, which covers finance and careers.
In an article, Bloom suggested Williams wasn’t in tune with her own self-worth, and that she needed a pep talk with people of color and feminists to understand her value. In Bloom’s opinion, Williams needed some sense talked into her:
All Williams needs is a pep talk. Get Luvvie in a room with her, and Jazmine, and Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham. Get Paul Feig in there too, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, and George R. R. Martin. Get her the best Lean In group of all time. She will emerge as from a funeral pyre, naked and coiled in dragons, ready to lead.
I dont see Bloom saying this to a man who turned down the offer. Williamss choice to do what she wishes with her life or career is taken completely out of the equation as Bloom assumes a parental role over a fully functioning, adult human being.
Williams is her own individual and can make her own decisions, thank you very much. She replied to the article eloquently, pointing out that disregarding her choice was insulting:
And of course it didn’t end there.
After Williams responded to Bloom and The Billfold, Time’s Tessa Berenson aggregated the story and ran a headline, alleging that Williams was mad at “fans” who wanted to see her host The Daily Show:
Williams wasn’t firing back at fans. She was firing back at one individual article that quite frankly was sexist and insulting, written by a professional commentator. The Times painted her as angry and ungrateful when in reality she was fully justified. Williams responded justly:
The headline was eventually changed to “Jessica Williams Says She’s Underqualified’ to Host The Daily Show.”
Don’t mess with Williams, because she knows what she wants and she won’t hear otherwise. This was also a very helpful lesson to choose your headlines carefully.