Yvonne Orji has entered the chat to clear her name from a fan who called her the “meanest celebrity” she’s ever met.
When Orji isn’t playing Issa Rae’s BFF on HBO’s Insecure, she uses her talents touring as a stand-up comedian, but apparently one of her jokes didn’t land too well with a fan.
In the popular trend on Twitter, “Who was the ‘meanest’ celeb you’ve ever met?” a fan named Crystal began to tell her story about when she met the Insecure star.
“I met Yvonne Orji at a WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE. She was about to give her speech and I asked for a pic while she was waiting. She said no. I respect her privacy, move on and take my seat in the front row. She gets to the part of her speech about being persistent.”
Crystal continued: “She’s like ‘I only got to where I got because I never took no for an answer.’ And then she gestures over to me and says something like ‘That girl wanted a picture with me, but I said no. If she were more intentional about what she wants, maybe she’d have her pic.'”
“In the moment I was like uhh that was rude. I thought she might come up to me and be like oh I was joking and take the pic but no. That put a bad taste in my mouth about her forever. And I didn’t even want the pic that bad! I just thought it would be cool to post on my story.”
The fan couldn’t remember exactly what Yvonne said to her so she pulled up the video for receipts.
OKAY I FOUND THE VIDEO.— Crystal ✨ (@thecrystaluncut) October 11, 2021
My words were not correct in the first tweet (I knew I didn’t remember exactly, as indicated by me saying she said “something like”) and she did not call me “that girl.” Yet STILL somehow the actual video is more painful. Why is she pointing?! pic.twitter.com/9gDDj1z3da
The video and thread got a lot of traction which led to the actress responding.
“Hey Crystal, I’m saddened that’s how you left the event feeling after an encounter with me. Truly wasn’t my intention to make you feel anything less than the beautiful woman you are.”
Hey Crystal, I’m saddened that’s how you left the event feeling after an encounter with me. Truly wasn’t my intention to make you feel anything less than the beautiful woman you are.— Yvonne Orji (@YvonneOrji) October 12, 2021
Crystal hasn’t followed up on Orji’s apology leaving other fans to step in with their commentary. See how fans are reacting to Orji’s apology:
Persistence isn't when you seek PERMISSION for a picture and the answer is NO. That is CONSENT.— Gogo (@vixen044) October 12, 2021
Any "persistence" in your case can be termed HARRASSMENT & any sensible person would also walk away. Yet u decided to used her as an example? Wow!
Sorry but you are mean. Pls own it
This. This exactly. Had OP persisted, she's have been shown the door because Ms Orji would probably have requested intervention by security. Worse, the message being left behind muddies the water around what clear boundaries are. Can't have it both ways.— veni vidi vaxxi (@kirasadhana) October 12, 2021
Lmao how did you come to the conclusion she felt "less than beautiful"?— Lee (@Orhla__) October 12, 2021
When does “No” actually mean no with you guys.Then go ahead to make an example of her because she respected your choice. pic.twitter.com/deXB5kI69p— Sam 🦂 (@Diazescudo) October 12, 2021
All you had to do was say no. That was your right. Embarrassing her was big trash, tho, and this apology comes off very flat and scripted.— Reeta GAWDell (@theNFLchick) October 12, 2021
This isn't an apology 😵💫— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) October 12, 2021