Jordyn Woods refuses to be a victim of trial by media or social media in the Tristan Thompson cheating scandal
As soon as the news of Tristan Thompson cheating on Khloe Kardashian with Kylie Jenner's best friend, Jordyn Woods broke, she was subjected to public ridicule
Jordyn Woods' appearance on Jada Pinkett Smith's 'Red Table Talk,' was highly anticipated after an alleged hook-up with Tristan Thompson, and now headlines are buzzing with everything the 21-year-old model said, shared and learned.
Khloe Kardashian, quickly took to Twitter to point out Woods was lying on the show and the 34-year-old Kardashian was met with quite some backlash. Now there's team Jordyn and team Khloe and looks like the world isn't getting enough of the drama. Jada Pinkett Smith, who is like family to Jordyn, gave her the much-needed platform to tell her side of the story, and while she said it all, she addressed a very important topic: the role of the media in sensationalizing the story.
"I didn't eat for days. I couldn't look at my phone even. I may have done something wrong, but whatever I did, I don't think I deserve this. It's just it's not fair. If I was a weak person, I would have hurt myself," the young entrepreneur said on the Facebook Watch show.
Last week, headlines were buzzing with the news of Thompson cheating on Khloe, yet again, but this time with Kylie Jenner's best friend, Woods. It is not unknown that anything linked to the Kardashians makes news, but this was baffling and while the story unfolded, the Kardashians started unfollowing the young model one by one, and making viral memes about her. The general public, so invested in the story, finally learned Woods' side of the story.
Laying everything bare on the table with Smith, she revealed how she felt as a black woman being the prime subject of a pop culture scandal. The first few days were the hardest, she said, and with the matter escalating so much, the question was now about the "safety" for her family. Her brother hasn't been able to go to work, her younger sister hasn't gone to school and her mother cannot go to the grocery store, without being publicly ridiculed. Hence, the need for her to speak up arose.
The media has had a significant hand in painting Woods as a caricature to be ridiculed because so many rumors were circulated following the cheating allegations. Yes, he kissed her, yes, she did make a mistake and she takes full responsibility for it, but her mistake was not "worth public crucifixion."
"This story that didn't have to be what it was, turned into the biggest scandal or betrayal of the year," Woods said as Pinkett Smith nodded along, "I've seen what has been done to my life in only a week based on the way the media circulates. ... They're putting their focus on a young black woman who has made a mistake, and not a mistake that's worth public crucifixion."
"Black woman can be the most disregarded and disrespected woman on the earth," chimed Smith. Once the story broke out, early last week, it ran as major headlines, followed by several other reports that she had been having an affair with the NBA star for a month.
In the 30-minute episode, she denied the affair, dismissed the rumors about giving him a lapdance but admitted that he kissed her. "On the way out, he did kiss me," but there was "no passion, no nothing … he just kissed me." Taking full responsibility, she added; "I don't think he's wrong either because I allowed myself to be in that position and when alcohol is involved, people make dumb moves or people get caught up in the moment."
This story was blown out of proportion and became a tabloid sensation where Woods was likened to a snake. Given the millions of followers the Kardashian sisters have, the story took an even uglier turn on social media, where ample memes surfaced, ridiculing Jenner's ex-best friend.
That is why Woods said, were she a "weak person," she would've hurt herself. Instead, she chose to let the world know her side of the story, and it's up to the viewers to pick a side. Woods refused to be a victim of trial by media.