Lolo Jones compares Trayvon witness Rachel Jeantel to Madea

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Olympic track athlete and occasional bobsledder Lolo Jones took to Twitter yesterday to poke fun at Rachel Jeantel, the 19-year-old friend of Trayvon Martin’s who was on the phone with him shortly before his fatal encounter with George Zimmerman.

George Zimmerman is on trial for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Jeantel took the stand testifying for the second day in a row on Thursday. Her appearance, speech and demeanor on the stand have drawn criticism from social media users.

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Jones, who has over 358,000 followers, tweeted about Jeantel, comparing her to Madea, Tyler Perry’s most infamously uncouth character.

Despite critics like Jones, there are Jeantel supporters who have come to the teen’s defense.

Jones received a tremendous backlash from her fellow Twitter users and followers for her remark, with some telling her to “stop” and “grow up.”

Here are a few responses:

Jones made headlines recently because of a Vine video she posted, mocking the paycheck she received for training with the U.S. bobsled team.

Do you think Jones’ comment was a harmless joke or truly offensive?

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