After news broke that Jon Stewart would be stepping down as the host of the show, Williams' name was quickly thrown into the mix of potential replacements. But the 25-year-old didn't waste time shooting down those rumors.
She thanked fans for their support on Twitter, but said she was "extremely under-qualified for the job." She continued, "At this age if something happens politically that I don't agree with, I need to go to my room and like not come out for, like, 7 days."
Based on her comments about the position, Ester Bloom of The Billfold wrote an article saying that Williams showed symptoms of "Imposter Syndrome," which is the idea that men round up when looking at their abilities versus a job's requirements, while women look at their abilities and round down. In summation: Women are more likely to undermine themselves in the job market.
But it wasn't so much Bloom's use of the Imposter Syndrome when discussing Williams, but her word choice throughout the article, which insensitively pointed out that the correspondent didn't know what she was talking about.
"Bullshit," Bloom wrote in regards to Williams being under-qualified. "All Williams needs is a pep talk."
Bloom further encouraged Williams on Twitter, directing her to "lean in," which is a term meaning to be more assertive at her job, popularized by Sheryl Sandberg.
Williams quickly responded on Twitter with a spot-on (albeit blunt) answer, calling Bloom out.
@shorterstory If I wanted my personal choices for myself deemed invalid, I'd go to a mysoginist. This, quite honestly, hurt my feelings.— Jessica R. Williams (@msjwilly) February 17, 2015
@shorterstory Is it possible that I know &love myself enough to admit what Im not ready for?W/out regard to what other people want me to be?— Jessica R. Williams (@msjwilly) February 17, 2015
@shorterstory I am a black woman and I am a feminist and I am so many things. I'm truly honored that people love my work.But I am not yours.— Jessica R. Williams (@msjwilly) February 17, 2015
Of course, going back to humor, Williams concluded her rant with the perfect end tweet.
No offense, but Lean the Fuck away from me for the next couple of days. I need a minute.— Jessica R. Williams (@msjwilly) February 17, 2015
In Bloom's defense, she was also quick to apologize and admit she was in the wrong on this one. She added an ETA to the article and even sent out a sincere tweet of her own.
Just going to say this & then keep listening & learning: I was wrong. I'm sorry. I was flip & presumptuous, & I offended someone I respect.— ester bloom (@shorterstory) February 18, 2015
But it's a good lesson for all of us who get easily carried away in the social media fervor of the times. Just because your words are being disseminated on Twitter, doesn't mean they don't still have an impact.
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