Every now and then a Twitter thread takes a strange turn, and this week was no exception. Brandy Jensen, social media manager for the magazine The Baffler, tweeted a joke in reference to Donald Trump claiming he was supposed to be Time Magazine's Man of the Year.
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
Jensen, riffing on Trump's tweet, posted the following tweet to The Baffler's account:
Our Person of the Year is our social media manager Brandy. This is a real honor and not something she made up because she's had some wine.— The Baffler (@thebafflermag) November 24, 2017
That's when a well-meaning Twitter user named Bo Gardiner stepped in to set the record straight on misogynistic practices:
Your person of the year has no last name? Or because she's a woman you just figured it was unimportant. I looked it up for you. Congrats @BrandyLJensen!
How did she go so far to research who the social media person was and not connect a single dot on her way there— Gruckello (@Nintendette) November 25, 2017
You know you've made it when you've become the patriarchy— Suburban Gangsta🌹🔥 (@ChiefTarif) November 25, 2017
Good news: patriarchy comes with a corner office (w/mini-fridge!) and reserved parking spot.— Seth Gilman (@SethimusTwitius) November 25, 2017
i'll admit i had to reread it all 4 times to get it... then i burst 😂— bp cooper (@bpcooper) November 25, 2017
If you want to have someone's back, make sure you walk it all the way through so the person you are defending doesn't turn it on you for their own laughs.