Susan Olsen is a former child star who played the pigtailed Cindy Brady on the iconic series The Brady Bunch. Best known for her cute lisp and cherubic baby blue eyes, Olsen became a household name as she rode her Brady Bunch role to stardom. Like many child stars, Susan Olsen has faded a bit from the public eye in recent decades. However, she managed to cling to a Hollywood job and, until recently, had a co-hosting gig on LA Talk Radio.
— LAist (@LAist) December 11, 2016
Everything was going pretty well for former Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen until she unleashed what is being called a “vile, hate-filled homophobic rant” on a critic. As the Huffington Post reports, things turned south for Olsen, 55, last Wednesday. It was then that openly gay activist Leon Acord-Whiting publicly lashed out at Susan Olsen on social media after appearing on her show, Two Chicks Talkin’ Politics. According to Acord-Whiting, the former Brady Bunch star and outspoken Donald Trump supporter had been spreading “outrageous misinformation.”
Here’s what he had to say about Susan Olsen on Facebook.
“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.”
Things probably would have been okay for Olsen if she simply would have let it end there, but the former Brady Bunch star decided to take things to the next level, reports Esquire.
— John Whirling (@JohnWhirling) December 12, 2016
— Ned Stark (@manofhonour1990) December 12, 2016
Brady Bunch’s Susan Olsen fired from L.A radio show gig after homophobic rant
No word if she was auditioning for Trump press secretary
— Paul Lander (@paul_lander) December 11, 2016
@APWestRegion Its worth it to shut up this in your face gayism! Needs to go back in the Closet!
— cowgirl 48 (@Cindyg1948Cindy) December 12, 2016
Unfortunately, her public Facebook response was reportedly not the only one she issued to her critic. She also contacted him via private message, and that’s when things really took a negative, homophobic turn. According to Acord-Whiting, the message Susan Olsen sent him was incredibly nasty, something he reportedly took a screenshot of to save in perpetuity.
In the message, the former Brady Bunch star repeatedly attacked her critic’s sexuality in a vile, vulgar and offensive manner.
“Hey there little p***y, let me get my big boy pants on and reallly take you on!!! What a snake in the grass you are you lying piece of s**t too cowardly to confront me in real life so you do it on Facebook. You are the biggest f****t a*** in the world the biggest p***y! My D**k is bigger than yours Which ain’t sayin much! What a true piece of s**t you are! Lying f****t! I hope you meet your karma SLOWLY AND PAINFULLY”
Susan Olsen didn’t even stop there, taking her anti-gay tirade to Twitter and calling her critic a “fairly,” which most readers believed was a misspelled version of “fairy.”
No nadless fairly will DARE to point his finger at me!
— Susan Olsen (@Thesusanolsen) December 8, 2016
While some of the responses to former Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen’s rant indicated that nobody would even notice the words of a “washed-up” child star, people did notice. A lot of people. Many of whom got angry, resulting in dire consequences for the 55-year-old actress.
Yeah @Thesusanolsen. This mean a lot from an unverified account of a has been actress claim to fame being a lisping brat.
— GRS (@GrandRiverSing) December 10, 2016
After the screenshot of Susan Olsen’s homophobic response to her critic began to go viral, the ex-Brady reportedly got her walking papers from LA Talk Radio. Without naming Olsen by name, LA Talk Radio took to Facebook to assure its listeners that it had “severed ties” with a host that had “veered off the direction in which we are going.”
— Linda Riley (@LindaRiley8) December 12, 2016
Fans of Susan Olsen and The Brady Bunch were reportedly shocked by the anti-gay words levied by fan-favorite Cindy Brady. The former child star appeared to have had a complete reversal of ideology in the last three years. In 2013, Olsen wrote a poignant tribute to her former TV dad, Robert Reed. Reed played Mike Brady and was reportedly also a closeted homosexual who could never “make peace with himself” (according to Olsen) because of how LGBTQ men are treated in modern America.
“To me, the vilification of homosexuality is exactly like the primitive practice of people who killed babies who were born with cleft palates or birth marks. It is a worship not of God but of fear itself in the form of a God who hates.”
So far, former Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen, LA Talk Radio, and Leon Acord-Whiting have yet to responded to media requests for direct comments regarding the drama.
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