This white feminist’s anti-Marie Kondo take is being ripped to shreds

This is why we can't have nice things.

Feb 4, 2019, 8:41 pm*


Ignacio Martinez 

Ignacio Martinez

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Feminist writer Barbara Ehrenreich faced criticism online Monday after tweeting that America is “in decline” because Marie Kondo doesn’t speak English on her show.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo immediately gripped the attention of viewers when it was released on Netflix last month. Since then, Kondo has sparked a fair bit of discourse, and not all of it has been as heartwarming as the show itself, which follows Kondo as she visits American families and teaches them the merits of organization.

Ehrenreich, best known for her 2001 book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, is the latest with a bad take. She came in hot Monday with a series of worse-than-questionable tweets about Kondo.

In her first now-deleted tweet, Ehrenreich tried to connect America’s decline in power as an imperialist state with the fact that Kondo predominantly speaks Japanese rather than English on her own show.

Next, Ehrenreich continued to dig herself into the Twitter ratio hole with a statement that revealed that she didn’t fully comprehend why what she said was wrong.

Finally, Ehrenreich tried to put an end to the situation with an apology to “anyone offended.”

Worse still, replies to Ehrenreich’s tweets made racist, infantilizing statements about Kondo.

“I think her speaking Japanese adds to her fairy-like delicacy and charm,” one user wrote. “She is certainly a pretty little pixie, and I am keen on decluttering but I am immune to Tinkerbell teaching me how to fold my socks,” another added.

As many others pointed out on Twitter, the white feminism speaks volumes.


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*First Published: Feb 4, 2019, 8:40 pm