You sure talk funny.
Funny how a lot of kids stop being cute once they grow up.
In the world of Hollywood, there’s something to be said about child stars who can successfully navigate their way to a productive, healthy adulthood. This in itself shows that they have overcome incredible hurtles, often avoiding (or surviving) both addiction and abuse, not to mention manipulation and the terrible price both of fame and stepping away (or falling) from it.
Though you may not know her by name, Susan Olsen is the actress best known for playing the youngest, curly-headed, and pigtailed Cindy Brady on the famed American TV show The Brady Bunch. Now 55, Olsen moved away from acting after the end of The Brady Bunch and transitioned into the world of radio and graphic design; she is also dedicated to animal rights, and she still makes appearances on TV and film.
This past week, however, Olsen’s radio career took a major hit after she was fired from LA Talk Radio’s “Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics” program for allegedly going on a homophobic rant targeted at openly gay actor Leon Acord-Whiting.
She may have been cute when she had pigtails and a lisp, but now Cindy Brady is all grown up and spouting some major hate. But will she learn from her mistake?
It all began after Leon Acord-Whiting, a stage, film, and web actor, appeared on the LA Talk Radio program “Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics,” hosted by Sheena Metal and Susan Olsen.
Upset with her rhetoric on the air and in the studio, Acord-Whiting later took to Facebook to share his feelings on the show and its host. He wrote:
“It is wildly irresponsible for LA Talk Radio to allow a Trump fanatic to co-host one of their programs, where she can spew her idiotic lies unchecked. (Being a liberal and a patriot are mutually exclusive? Hillary is causing the protests & hate crimes? The Koran is a political tract?) As much as I love Sheena Metal, I think LA Talk Radio needs to give “Cindy Brady” her walking papers. I will not listen to or appear on any shows there from this point forward until she’s gone. This isn’t just disagreeing on, say, tax plans or foreign policy. Susan Olsen spreads outrageous misinformation & it is dangerous and unprofessional. “
Needless to say, Olsen didn’t take the post lightly.
Olsen Lashes Out
Olsen’s immediate response was anger.
Of course, when we’re angry, we say things we don’t mean to say—or at least things we normally wouldn’t say in public. In fact, Olsen did just that, and she sent Acord-Whiting a private Facebook message filled with threats and homophobic slurs. Acord-Whiting shared her words with the public, much to the shock of Olsen’s long-standing fans. The former child star wrote,
“Hey there little p*ssy, let me get my big boy pants on and Really take you on!!! What a snake in the grass you are you lying piece of sh*t too cowardly to confront me in real life so you do it on Facebook. You are the biggest faggot a** in the world the biggest p*ssy! My D*ick is bigger than yours
Which ain’t sayin much! What a true piece of sh*t you are! Lying fa**ot! I hope you meet your karma SLOWLY AND PAINFULLY”
After Acord-Whiting responded to Olsen telling her that sending a private message filled with homophobic insults wasn’t a ‘brave’ move either, Olsen told him that “Hell is waiting for you.” She also posted on her her own Facebook wall calling Acord-Whiting a “little piece of human waste,” writing that he had better hope not to see her in person and encouraging her followers to “send him my love.”
Freedom of Hate Speech
Acord-Whiting himself came under attack, and the issue soon became political. Many critics felt that he was acting like a sore-loser liberal who was angry about Olsen’s conservative opinions.
That’s when Leon posted on Facebook again to remind his followers of a very important distinction:
“Misinformation is not an ‘opinion.’
Dishonesty is not an ‘opinion.’
Stupidity is not an ‘opinion.’
Racism is not an ‘opinion.’
Xenophobia is not an ‘opinion.’
Free speech should be embraced. But free speech also includes being allowed to call insanity for what it is, instead of being polite and pretending its just the expression of an ‘opinion.'”
He then gave LA Talk Radio the ultimatum to remove Olsen from their lineup, effectively encouraging his fans to help boycott as well. Needless to say, they heard him loud and clear. Here’s their announcement…