Little Cindy: The Unlikely Bad Brady In The Bunch?

Cindy Brady of the Brady Bunch, actress Susan Olsen

Who knew that Cindy Brady, Brady Bunch icon of the 70’s with blond-haired curls and innocence, would be the Brady to end up being the slightly rotten apple in the bunch?

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Actress Susan Olsen as an adult might be confused with Nellie Oleson, the villainous blond girl with tight curls from ‘Little House on the Prairie.’

Real-life actress Susan has lately turned out the be more of a real-life Nellie, and has tarnished the image of Cindy Brady just as news of the passing of beloved Florence Henderson at age 82 has saddened all fans of the Brady Bunch.

Susan Olsen’s story reminds us that sometimes the most unlikely person in a family can surprise you, ala Billy Bush. Not that the family hasn’t already had its share of scandal.

Olsen hosted an LA radio show with Sheena Metal, a bisexual actress, writer, and internet personality. But Susan was fired fromTwo Chicks Talkin’ Politics after a public altercation with openly gay actor, writer, and producer Leon Acord-Whiting after he had appeared on the radio show. He later made a statement on his Facebook page on December 7th that accused Olsen of spreading misinformation and lies:

‘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.’

Susan then sent private messages with homophobic slurs, which the actor published to his Facebook page. See below (Warning: this is not going to be pretty! Do not read if you are offended by foul language.)

Message sent to Leon

She also threatened the actor publicly on social media:

‘I’m sorry, this a-hole also dissed my best friend,. Leon, you had better hope you never see me in your world.. And I mean that!’

Leon denied any disrespect to Sheena Metal.

Later she followed that up with a semi-retraction with no apology to Mr. Acord-Whiting:

People can have different opinions, thats how we learn. That is exactly what makes each and every one of you so precious to me! I LOVE to be told that I’m wrong and to actually see that I AM wrong! How blessed am I to be trusted in the hearts of so many people that I have never met? You people are almost as good as getting residuals for the reruns
…OK not really as good.
But hey, this is what we got
And I love you!
oxoxoxoxo

By that time, Leon Acord-Whiting reported being threatened and insulted by Olsen fans. He also reported his account being temporarily hacked. He continues to hold his ground, and asked for his supporters to contact the radio show to denounce hate and intolerance.

His response to Olsen’s comments:

‘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 it’s just the expression of an ‘opinion.’

When news reached Leon that Susan Olsen was no longer going to be on the radio show, he stated:

‘Getting fired is never a happy event, even when the person deserves it. This is less a victory, more a badly needed course correction. I can’t express enough my appreciation for everyone’s support the past few days. I merely sounded the alarm. It was ALL of US, working TOGETHER, who made justice happen. Thank YOU for restoring a little of my faith in power of democracy.’

Susan Olsen’s views seem to represent many Trump supporters these days. She previously encouraged minorities to support Trump, and downplayed the violence and hate-crimes resulting from Trump’s election. LGBTQA people, as well as all other minority groups, aside from the wealthy elite, are horrified by the prospect of a Trump America. What Trump supporters don’t seem to understand is that their privilege, taken for granted, is why they don’t have the same concerns as the rest of us. How are we to stay the course if ‘opinions’ are now fact, and white supremacy, homophobia, misogyny, bigotry, and xenophobia are now just ‘opinions’ that are now considered just ordinary free speech?

Trump supporters can’t be both friends and enemies of minorities at once. We are all too aware that underneath the surface lies a foundation rooted in the idea that not all people are created equal.

Acord-Whiting on December 8th:

I love Susan Olsen’s comment on her page ‘I love homosexuals but you’re a fag.’ Sounds exactly like racists I know back home, who say shit like ‘I’m not a racist, but he’s a n____________.’ You are one, or the other. You cannot be both.

Therein lies the problem. Many minorities who had hoped for a level-playing field, as well as everybody who responded to Bernie Sander’s call to address income inequality are feeling dejected and hopeless this holiday season, as they brace for a Trump Presidency. The evidence that many Trump supporters didn’t care about the interests of their minority neighbors has only served to fracture the ‘more perfect Union’ vision Obama worked so hard to create.

Where do we all go from here, recognizing our common humanity instead of creating more pointless conflicts?

Susan Olsen’s former co-host, Sheena Metal, gave an optimistic and eloquent response to the turmoil on the show and in America in general:

At this point, I just feel terrible for everyone and anyone who has had their heart hurt by this upheaval. I feel terrible for LA Talk Radio, that has been a sanctuary for all walks of life and many diversified voices, for nearly nine years. I feel saddened by the divisiveness, the last two days has brought, during a time when, now more than ever, we all need to be sticking together. I know that, right now, our feelings are hurt and our nerves are frazzled and fear is at an all-time high, but we, as a nation and as a species, need to do our best to rise above it and find a way to treat our fellow man/woman/person with acceptance and understanding, even if their beliefs differ from our own. Because, the alternative is even more frightening, than I care to think about at this time.

My hope is that, as this craziness blows over, and it will, we can all move forward from this, gay and straight, Democrat and Republican, with a better understanding of each other and a renewed intensive urgency, to put this Country back together, in the name of peace and love and understanding and community. And, although I have not loved the events of the last five days, I love Susan and I love Leon…and I love you all, my Facebook family. Thank for your listening with an open-mind and a tender heart and a compassionate soul. I move forward now, one day at a time, with hope and faith, that this will all work itself out, just the way that it’s supposed to…as things almost always do. <3 <3

 

 

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Matthew Silvan is a gay man from the American South who has spent years fighting against the scapegoating and demonization imposed on the LGBT community by Republicans and religious hypocrites and zealots. His writing reflects the constant struggle to overcome the inequality and discrimination still rampant in America. He is an advocate for diversity and progress, with a passion for nature and preserving the environment, who also tends to approach things in a lighthearted way despite it all.