Was the Auntie War a Fake? Word is Cheryl Lynn is Not on Twitter

So last week’s Twitter thing between Cheryl Lynn and Anita Baker had us all refilling our tea kettles.

Well, today, I get an email from Cheryl Lynn’s manager Thurlene Johnson saying that she does not have a Twitter account.

“Cheryl Lynn does not have a Twitter or Facebook account. The individual sending the communications is an imposter pretending to be Cheryl Lynn. Twitter has been made aware of this situation several times over the last two years. Careful scrutiny of the tweets reveals it is not a verified account. Please issue a retraction.”

Here’s my receipt in the form of a screenshot of the email.

Cheryl Lynn Manager clear up

Ok couple of things. I have questions, wonderings and comments.

I am glad they sent me this email clarifying but I certainly had to do extra research to see if it was legit, seeing as how it was from an AOL email address (O_O). It gave me pause but I found that they sent the same email to Hello Beautiful and Madame Noire, who have both published it. Soooo it ain’t just to me.

Let me add that this is five days after the fact. What took them so long?

Also, if Cheryl Lynn does not have a Twitter account and @ItsCherylLynn is a fraudulent fool, why didn’t they have Anita Baker clarify it? One tweet from her saying “Hey everyone. That isn’t really Cheryl Lynn” would have shut down the whole thing. Did her management team try that route, and did they try that in the heat of the crisis? Surely they must have her number somewhere. Or not. Maybe not. I don’t be knowing the politics between our elder baes.

Furthermore, the idea that Cheryl’s account isn’t verified should have proved it isn’t her is not valid. There are a lot of celebs who aren’t verified. Also, Twitter might not find Cheryl to be public figure enough to run her a checkmark. Their entire system for verification is not that straight-forward enough for everyone to expect that an old school R&B legend would have a check.

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Anywho, here’s the retraction they asked. And with everything, there’s a lesson here. Mainly, that lesson is what I preach a lot. You don’t have to DO social media but when you don’t DO social media, it can cost you. Claim your name so others cannot. If you are a public figure, musician, celebrity, used to be a celebrity, grab your name on social media so no one else can. Control your brand so no one else can mold your reputation in your absence.

This is a PR nightmare for Cheryl Lynn and now they have to play defense since they weren’t playing offense at all. Only reason I made this its own post (instead of putting that email under my old post) was to re-iterate people to get their branding games together. You cannot play TELEPHONE with your reputation, man. This is sloppy.

Are y’all buying what they’re selling or nah?

P.S. If I get an email saying Thurlene Johnson is not really Cheryl Lynn’s manager and all those Billboard email addresses CCed are fake. I’ma just go on a cussing spree. Cheryl Lynn herself better get on Google Hangout or something and make an actual statement officially and stop playing these bald-headed games.

P.P.S. Seriously. Anita ain’t said a doggone thing about an account being fake or impersonated as she throws her jabs of shade right back. This is a mess.

P.P.P.S. ANDDDDDD other famous people commented on this debacle. No one knew this was a fake Cheryl Lynn?? And her team didn’t think to call nobody up to let them know to tell the rest of us?? Chile… >____>

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  1. ZaidahNicole
    June 2, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    *slow blink with even slower head tilt*

  2. Neighborhood Hussy
    June 2, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    They play too damn much.

  3. L
    June 2, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Bald headed games….

  4. June 2, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    People out here playing wacky Internet Reindeer games! Anita probably blocked that account because of prior mess we probably weren’t aware of. OR, shoot, that probably is muva Cheryl, and her aunt/manager/plate n wig fixer Thurlene tried to save the day from her AOL account. :-p

    I’m waitin’ for Sheila E to come through and settle it with some bad asssss percussion. XD

  5. notconvincedgranny
    June 2, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    See my name? That says it all.

  6. Elder Statesman
    June 3, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Sooooo, nobody gon talk about the Auntie War being brought to a close by Thurlene “Great Auntie to the Stars” Johnson? I knew it would take somebody named “Thurlene” to end all Black-on-Black ether. I trust and believe every word that comes from the AOL account of anybody named Thurlene. Y’all better respect Thurlene before she snatch that big wooden spoon off the wall and start handin’ out innanet ack-right…..

    Auntie Thurlene’s Favorite Great Nephew

    • ACT2
      June 3, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      You know that’s Thurgood and Earlene’s child honey!

      • Mobaygurl
        June 3, 2015 at 5:51 pm

        ***soooo very dead now***

  7. Drea823
    June 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Lmaoooo! If this is true, Ms. Thurlene sure did take her time clearing this up. She should have been on the horn (phone) milliseconds after people started dragging and clowning Ms. Cheryl. And what does she want you to retract?!

    Whatevs! It was still a good cackle fake or not.

  8. Drea823
    June 3, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    In unrelated news, does anyone know how I can change my picture? I don’t even remember where or how I got this account started. HALP!

  9. June 3, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Couldn’t get past “Thurlene”. I don’t even know what the rest of the post is about.

  10. emv1102
    June 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Thurlene (did I spell it right?) prolly thought ain’t nobody studying Cheryl Lynn or Anita Baker right now so what am I going to go to war for? When the emails kept coming (even to an AOL address), I bet Thurlene had to pull out an updated version of the AOL CD, the ones we’d get in the mail every week and run the program on her Windows 98 desktop. By the time she did alladat, on dial-up it was 5 days later. Older people don’t have nothing but time. 5 days to Thurlene was like 2 hours to us. 🙂

    • howlingbanshee
      June 4, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Why is this so wrong and so right at the same time?

      • emv1102
        June 4, 2015 at 8:31 pm

        @howlingbanshee…I don’t know but it felt right when i was typing it. LOL

    • Sandy
      June 5, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      At work cackling right now about the AOL CD. Have all the cants.

    • Classy lady
      June 8, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Woo chile. Here I lay…….

  11. Me
    June 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Welp, Ms. Baker doesn’t believe Thurlene’s e-mail either. Look at her tweets over the last couple of hours. Here’s a good one: “throw a brick & hit S’one in t head, watch them bleeding for 2 days, then claim u didn’t do it… yet, the brick bares your name #SoCreepy”


    • June 4, 2015 at 3:40 am

      Here I stand, barenamed!

      Couldn’t help but laugh at “#bares your name”. That was either your typo (happens to anyone) or an epic fail at heroic retaliation. I mean, you know, the celeb internets… 😉

      • Me
        June 5, 2015 at 9:40 am

        LOL! That definitely wasn’t my typo!