With the ‘Roner Virus going around, many people have been forced to spend their time at home, off work, and if you’re like me, on social media. And if you’re from the Cleveland area, you’re bound to see some familiar faces from time to time.
Well, I wanted to write a series of articles highlighting some of the “local celebrities” we see so often and give some people the chance to learn more about these popular figures. The articles will essentially consist of a little background on my familiarity with the person, and a list of questions I put together that they were asked to answer in order to for us to learn a little bit more about them.
For my second installment of the MYLC article series, I wanted to make sure I got a chance to get Brittany Mollis. You may know Brittany as Ms. Mollis or BurdsIVue. Simply put, if you belong to Cleveland twitter, you have to be living under a rock to not know who Brittany is. Whether it’s because of her tweets, or the litany of guys antagonizing her in her mentions, you’ve come across a tweet or two from her.
One of the main reasons I wanted to interview Brittany is because of her ‘Take No Shit’ attitude on Twitter. I would assume she maintains this across all walks of life but I can only speak to Twitter. There’s nothing I love more in life than seeing people put in their place for saying something ridiculous or for putting someone down, and in my time of following Brittany, she’s done just that. Continually tweeting what she pleases and not taking any shit along the way.
Here’s the interview, I hope you enjoy!
Jiggy: “Brittany, why don’t we start out by telling everyone where you’re from, where is home?”
Brittany: “ ‘Home’ is wherever my family is, honestly. I’m from Niles, Ohio, and that’s where I currently live. But I lived in Winston-Salem, NC for about five years, so I still consider that “home.” I spend a lot of time in Ft. Lauderdale visiting my sister and nieces, so I also consider that “home.” And of course, Cleveland is home, even though I’ve never actually lived there.”
Jiggy: “What do you do for work in the “real world” outside of sports media?”
Brittany: “I currently work as a marketing director for a learning facility and a food distributor. I’ve been working as a content specialist for the past seven years. I really enjoy marketing.”
Jiggy: “What do you like to do in your free time?”
Brittany: “More than anything, I enjoy spending time with my family. I’ve spent the past year working mostly freelance, so I got to spend a lot of time in North Carolina and Florida with my siblings, which was great. Now that I am a working class hero (lol), my free time is more limited, but I still spend a lot of time with my parents.
I enjoy working out and writing, too. I like being outdoors when the weather is nice. I like to go to sporting events, of course. And I like to watch the same four TV shows over and over again, religiously. (The Office, Community, Parks & Rec, Mindy Project)“
Jiggy: “What are your favorite sports teams?”
Brittany: “OK, so I’m going to rank them. Keep in mind, this list changes every year or so, but right now, my list looks like this:“
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Cleveland Browns
- Notre Dame (football)
- Cleveland Indians
- Wake Forest Demon Deacons (basketball)
- Kansas Jayhawks (basketball)
Jiggy: “How long have you been on Twitter and how many followers would you say you have?”
Brittany: “My Twitter anniversary was a few days ago! Turns out, we have been together for nine years, which is my longest, most successful relationship ever. I have way more followers than I should. It’s always funny when people who only know me in real life see my Twitter for the first time and ask “why do you have so many followers?” because they know how lame I actually am.”
Jiggy: “How would you describe your rise in popularity on social media? How did it start? Was it gradual or was there a moment where it just blew up?”
Brittany: “I see people who have one viral tweet and they gain like, thousands of followers in a matter of days. That was not my experience at all. It probably took at least six years to get a thousand followers. My presence started growing when I moved back to Ohio because I was tweeting about Cleveland sports more frequently than I was in North Carolina”
PAUSE: One time Jason Kipnis retweeted my former podcasts video and it got 50,000 views and I thought that was it and that we made it. Turns out, the podcast folded a month later. Devastating. Anyway, back to Brittany
Jiggy: “What made you get involved in sports media and the podcast scene?”
Brittany: “I’ve wanted to write about sports since I was a little girl. That was my dream job. But life gets in the way sometimes, so you make adjustments, and I found my path in marketing instead, which has been pretty great. Also, it allows me to keep my professional life separate from my hobbies, you know? Sometimes I feel like if I had to cover sports all day, it might kill some of the passion I have for them, and I would hate that. Like, I love shrimp and grits, but if I ate it every day, I’d eventually get tired of it, I think.
As far as the podcast goes, I never imagined myself doing that because I’ve always been a much better writer than speaker. I’ve always been pretty shy, and I have a fear of sounding stupid, which makes me hesitant to speak. But I felt like it was an important avenue to get into, not just for me, but for all female sports fans. We shouldn’t be scared or shy when it comes to talking about sports. That’s silly. Bri, Meredith, and I offer a fun, unique perspective that I think people enjoy. I’m really proud of that.”
Jiggy: “From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like there are always people upset at a lot of your tweets, why do you think that is?”
Brittany: “I think any time a smart woman offers strong opinions on a public platform, she’s going to get criticized. There’s no escaping that. There seems to be a particular type of person who adamantly hates everything I do and say, and there’s nothing I can do to change that. I won’t even try.
However, I do try to remember that every single person has problems they don’t share—problems that weigh heavily on them. Sometimes those problems manifest in a variety of ways and we take it out on others who don’t deserve it. I’m not excusing this behavior, but I try to remember that the people who are especially nasty probably have things weighing on them that I don’t understand.“
Jiggy: “Going off that point, one of my favorite things I see from you is that you’re never afraid to put people in their place. Is there a specific reason you respond to a lot of these tweets or is it just fun for you?”
Brittany: “Sometimes I need to remind people that I am not a public punching bag. I’d also like to point out that when I quote-tweet someone, I rarely say anything mean about them. I mostly just display their nastiness for everyone to see. People think their insults are hilarious until thousands of people see that insult and tell them otherwise. People do tend to underestimate my intelligence quite often, too. Sometimes I need to remind them that I’m not an idiot.”
Jiggy: “I’ve seen you write a few articles here and there for different publications/sites, but I’ve also noticed you haven’t delved into this too much recently, why is that?”
Brittany: “I’ve tried to branch out into different content avenues during the past few years. I’ve been focused on getting better at speaking. I’ve been feeling pretty creative in a variety of ways, so I haven’t spent a lot of time writing. Which is OK—I do it for a living, and it’s something I always go back to. I hope to get back to it soon!”
Jiggy: “You currently are on a podcast, “That’s What B Said” with a few other co-hosts. Who are the others and what were your reasons behind starting the podcast?”
Brittany: “I do the podcast with my co-host, Brianna Rust and our producer, Meredith Kain. Bri is this inspiring, hilarious woman who really makes the show so easy. She just makes it all seem so effortless, and the fact that she knows so much about sports is really incredible. And Meredith is the woman who makes it all work. She’s so multi-talented, and she brings such great insight to the show. I am definitely the worst part of the show, but I don’t even mind because they really shine. We decided to do this because there was a lack of female presence in Cleveland sports talk, and there shouldn’t have been. We wanted to fix that. And I think we’re doing a pretty good job!”
Jiggy: “Going off that previous point, what does your podcast include/what are some of your talking points/how would you describe it?”
Brittany: “I would describe it as three girlfriends having casual conversations about sports. It really is that simple, I think. We add humor in it when we can, and we’ll be serious when we need to be. But really, it’s just a good time.”
Jiggy: “What are some other ventures you’re involved in? I thought I saw somewhere you or someone you know make t-shirts?”
Brittany: “Yes! A good friend of mine owns a small business called Bellezza & Stile. She makes t-shirts, and I help her sell the Cleveland themed tops. We actually partnered with her a month ago to create a line of That’s What B Said shirts, which is pretty cool.
Bri, Meredith, and I are also trying to find new ways to make content for social media and other platforms. We’ve had a few meetings and we have some things in the works right now, so we hope everyone stays tuned for updates.”
Jiggy: “Where can people find more of Brittany Mollis”
Brittany: “I think people probably have Brittany Mollis overload at this point. I’m active on Twitter (@Burdsivue) and Instagram (msmollis.) I only Snapchat with one person. I’m too old for TikTok. I do have a blog that I never write in! I also try to guest on other podcasts or YouTube channels as much as possible, and me & the girls hope to have some exciting news for everyone soon!”
Jiggy: “What is 1 thing you would like people reading this to know?”
Brittany: “That I’m not as good or bad as they think I am. Most days it feels like people have extreme opinions about me, both great and terrible. I’m neither. I’m a relatively boring woman, incredibly laid back, and I always mean well, but I don’t always come off well.”
Jiggy: “What is 1 thing you want to tell those reading this article during these crazy times?”
Brittany: “I always try to look at the positives, especially during times of crisis. And I think one positive from this, an important one, is that we finally have time. Life gets so busy, and we’re always craving distractions and entertainment. We kind of forgot how to relax and recharge. We finally have time to spend with our loved ones, and as crazy as it may get, we’re going to look back on this and be thankful, I think. And even if you’re unable to physically be around loved ones, think about how much more time you’ve spent checking in on them or Skyping with them or talking to them on the phone. It kind of feels like we had to completely disconnect from things to connect with one another again.
Also, I hope we now finally understand how much we depend on each other to keep things going. We live in a time where everything is so polarized and politicized that we forget we’re all in this together. We need each other to survive. I hope this time fundamentally changes how we view each other. And I think it might.“
Jiggy: “Great answer, now for some more ‘Off the cuff’ questions. If you had to describe yourself using one character from the Office, Friends, and How I Met Your Mother, which characters would you choose and why?”
Brittany: “I’ve never seen How I Met Your Mother (I have to, I know!)
The Office: Pam. She went from a shy girl who didn’t trust herself to a confident woman who encouraged others. (I am also Meredith, but only on weekends.)
Friends: A healthy mix between Phoebe and Rachel. Phoebe because she’s just so weird and Rachel because when she loves, she loves deeply.
Jiggy: “If you had to leave a burning brown bag of poop on someone’s front door step, who would that person be and why?”
Brittany: “Ben Roethlisberger. I don’t really hate anyone, but if I did, it would absolutely be him.”
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. One of the biggest takeaways I had from this interview was Brittany’s perspective on the current ‘Roner Virus situation. I think it’s important that if you scrolled over it, go back and read it because I think it’s a one that everyone should try to adopt during this time.
You can find Brittany on Twitter (@BurdsIVue) and Instagram (@MsMollis). You can find her podcast “That’s What B Said” on the Apple Podcast App.
Cheers friends, Jiggy
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