May 16, 2020 • 34M

Episode 9: Layoffs And Teigen And Roman And Kondo And Feel-Bad Liberalism

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Jesse Singal
Journalists Katie Herzog and Jesse Singal scour the internet for its craziest, silliest, most sociopathic content, part of an obsessive and ill-conceived attempt to extract kernels of meaning and humanity from a landscape of endless raging dumpster fires.
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Here's Blocked and Reported, Episode 9: Layoffs And Teigen And Roman And Kondo And Feel-Bad Liberalism.

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Katie leads off the show by discussing her layoff from The Stranger and reflecting on her mixed feelings about her time there. This some broader commiseration about just how deeply, profoundly screwed journalism is right now. To lighten things up Jesse reads Katie a poem he wrote for her (it's really good). Then the hosts tie up some loose ends about that whole Chrissy Teigen/Alison Roman/Marie Kondo thing, including the weird, flattening language of "woman of color" and Roman's apology. After that, Jesse unpacks a viral tweetstorm that seems geared at antagonizing sympathetic would-be white anti-racists and explains why he views it as an example of what he calls "feel-bad liberalism." In the final segment, the hosts unveil the show's new Patreon page and ask listeners to empty their banks accounts to support Blocked and Reported.

Show notes/links:

-An email from a listener suggesting we were too dismissive of the race angle of Teigenghazi (Twitter)

-Alison Roman's apology (Twitter)

-Ally Henny's tweetstorm about would-be white allies (Twitter)

-Jesse's original ranty tweetstorm defining feel-bad liberalism (Twitter)

-Feel-Bad Liberalism at the Victoria, BC women's march (Singal-Minded)