Lesbian fitness lady Jackie Warner is feeling the wrath of disapproving sponsors.
Warner and one of her staff came under fire last week after having a laugh about a client’s breast, which was made worst when people learned that the breasts in question had beat breast cancer. The incident led many homos to label her a “negative icon.” Now Gatorade’s pulling out from Warner’s Bravo show, Work Out:
We have notified Bravo we no longer wish to be associated with The Work Out [sic] and will be pulling our commercials. Furthermore, we will not renew our sponsorship of this program in subsequent seasons.
We hope our immediate actions send a clear message to the community that we greatly value what you have to say, agree with your sentiments, and appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns with us.
No word on whether Warner will star drinking real water. If she does, well, then her career’s clearly over. Only plebes and dogs drink from the tap.
A health and fitness professional mocking any client that is striving to improve their self is unconscionable. Jackie’s failure to exercise human compassion, concern and good judgement in this circumstance is evidence of her immaturity and poor leadership. The fact that she and Lisa avoided taking any accountability for their clearly wrong actions is a good reason to pull the plug.
I am also concerned about the message that is being sent about gay americans. Some may think that we all share similar flawed values and hold that against us.
Kudos to Gatorade! I applaud your decision to pull your support of Workout! Bravo should follow suite.
It was a bad incident, but she is not that bad.
Jackie Warner was only slightly interesting in the past season when she was finding herself. Now, not so at all; she comes across as self-centered, and the show is unwatchable. The good-looking talent isn’t enough to keep my attention. As they say, ‘there’s no there there.’ Ms. Warner, your 15 minutes are up.
It was nasty for her to give what essentially felt like a “Sorry if you are offended” apology. I know our society is crass, but why do we laud people acting like her?
Rsquared: You nailed it–100 percent. This show is just terrible, and it always has been. Yech.
I saw this episode and it is terrible that someone who claims to be caring about her clients could on the other hand make fun of someone appearence without knowing the full story. Just because she does not like Peeler doesn’t mean she should make fun of his client She sits in that office with her window view of the gym and tlaks about and judges people. She is unprofessional and just a low person. Plus she wouldn’t even hear him out. She knew she was srong and that is why she didn’t want to discuss it and fired him so fast
I’m VERY surprised that everyone in this room is so quick to judge Jackie. If you want to look at society look towards yourselves. You are so quick to judge someone for making one quick (and poorly chosen) comment when this woman has so many positive impacts on peoples’ lives every day. But we are so fast to crucify someone and cast stones as if none of us have ever said something off the cuff that we wish we could have taken back. Cut Jackie a bit of slack on this one…
Also, the reason why she chose to fire Peeler had nothing to do with her comment, it had to do with his constant disrespect and as the owner of the club I would have fired his ass a long time ago. Jackie blogged last week and said that she wanted him gone a long time ago but the producers wanted him as part of the show so she couldn’t. And why is it that no one said a word about him mentioning that he was “this close” to punching Jackie?? Now that is something you should be offended by!
The real question is why wasn’t this edited out? Didn’t someone realize how bad this was to put on tv? Didnt’ someone think that by airing such a comment you’d end up causing…oh wait…it’s scripted un-reality tv. Nevermind. Good editing job folks!
I don’t get why Bravo didn’t do damage control either; this episode just sunk the whole show. Jackie didn’t really “apologize” either and she never admitted she took part, which is why fans are so angry, even when Jamie Eason, Brian, the boyfriend AND Lisa, the office manager with her, says Jackie made the comments. If Jackie would have just admitted it and sincerely apologized, this would not be the big deal it has become. It’s the lying people are reacting to.
Wow. What a wonderful human being Jackie Warner is! What’s next, laughing at AIDS patients who are too gaunt? She’s disgusting.
Fire Lisa! She’s catty, backstabbing and not a good manager. And her weave is done.
Its just not lolz that her show is the only reality series on television focused on an Out lesbian. The only one! Funny? Eh. Have you seen LOL-Workout? (LOLcats + Work Out = http://lol-word.blogspot.com/2008_02_01_archive.html
I think Jackie Warner is very political. I think she’s taken what could be a positive gay influence and thrown it away: having a southern heterosexual guy have a gay best friend. There were a lot of stigmas that could have been withered away but she’s really put an end to that.
She’s secretive. And I don’t like it.
I THINK JACKIE IS SO COOL. YOUR SO AWSOME I WISH I COULD MEET YOU. DONT LISTEN TO WHAT THE PEOPLE SAY THERE JUST JEALOUS.
A lot of you just don’t realize how ignorant your comments are. You’re the same people who “hear” something and immediately begin casting your judgements and personal opinions – instead of actually doing your research like watching the episode for example. You’re the kind of people who find your foot in your mouth often.
Jackie (and the assistant she was having the conversation with) did not laugh at her as a cancer survivor. In fact Jackie was not even the person who made the comment in the first place. The assistant did b/c the girls boobs were being displayed like produce at your local grocery store. I myself have a nice rack and I know when I’m making an effort to be more or less modest about it.
The assistant took full credit the comment and apologized. For Jackie this was a case of wrong place at the wrong time.
Fair is Fair – and looking at her negatively for that event is not fair.
@Neutral: You said “The assistant took full credit the comment and apologized. For Jackie this was a case of wrong place at the wrong time.”
You are a liar. The woman’s boyfriend HEARD the comments and said in interviews that it was Jackie who made them. The manager was trying to cover for her boss, but Jackie not only made the comments, but then refused to apologise. If you are in that situation and the boyfriend of the person comes into your office, you should apologise for your unprofessional behavior and admit to yourself that you were being bitchy and have it over with. Jackie’s “I can do no wrong” arrogance is what sunk her show.
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