Alison Roman’s exile flows cancel culture amid Chrissy Teigen’s feud


This is a huge portion of cowardice with a side of the reflective culture of liberal cancellation, courtesy of our most trusted provider: The New York Times.

After their star food columnist was forked online last week for criticizing model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen and reality TV organizer Marie Kondo, the newspaper – rather than standing alongside their writer or having a private conversation with her – awkwardly tries to appease the web the masses, publicly placing Alison Roman, 34, “on leave”.

Even better: the Times will not say why!

We all know the reason: they think Roman was race insensitive for criticizing two Asian women, but the Times didn’t say it. What kind of social justice war is this?

This controversy, as it is (God bored, bored, bored in quarantine) happened last week when Roman gave an interview to New Consumer (never heard of either).

Roman spoke of her burgeoning fame, the striking difference between the life she sells online – handcrafted, elegant, privileged – and her real life, a life where she lives and works in a Brooklyn building on the third floor. without dishwasher and without second home in the north. (For a Times resident, this is deprivation.)

“I have to find a way to turn this into money,” said Roman. “Directly. “

Speaking of how she would and would not market her brand, Roman criticized Kondo, 35, and Teigen, 34. Kondo, Roman said, “decided to capitalize on his fame” as a decluttering guru and “do things you can” buy. It’s completely contrary to everything she taught you. “

Yes! True! Marie Kondo, who built an empire telling us to throw away everything we have that does not “bring joy” – whatever that means – now sells tuning forks ($ 75), an “organic meditation floor cushion” ( $ 169), a “French linen hypoallergenic linen kimono dress” ($ 115), a card game “Inner Compass Love Mediation” ($ 55) and a “Zen egg” ($ 40), among others Goopy flotsam and jetsam on its website,

Con Marie, indeed.

Teigen, said Roman, has turned a successful cookbook into: “Boom, line at Target. Boom, she now has an Instagram page with over a million followers, where there are only people who run a content farm for her. It horrifies me and it’s not something I want to do. I don’t aspire to that. But, who is laughing now? Because she earns a ton of money f – – king. “

This is Roman’s opinion. Since when have we not had the right to have opinions, much less to express them? So let’s be real: it is ultimately complementary. Roman admits that she wants what Teigen has: “a ton of money f – – king. “

That said, part of the interview could be interpreted as problematic. Right after tearing Kondo apart, Roman usurped the identity of a publicity scammer, saying, in part, “Please buy my cutting board!” “

Some regarded him as Roman mocking the English attempt of an Asian. Roman denied this on Twitter, saying it was a reference to “Please to the Table”, an Eastern European cookbook.

Dan Frommer, who interviewed Roman, published an addendum to his article, writing, “I want to set the record straight: Alison was not making fun of an Asian accent when she told me, and any claim that it was false. “

Whatever Roman’s intention, this rush to cancel it – and the Times’ shame on caving – is ridiculous and has nothing to do with the quote “please”. It has nothing to do with what she said about Kondo and Teigen. The idea that Roman could lose his livelihood and reputation for vocalizing an interesting and untrained media version of two very wealthy, successful and famous women who are going well is terrifying. And why does the plebs defend the 1% here?

Kondo has yet to comment.

Do you know who is definitely not offended? Teigen, who should direct the production of the next Roman cooking show. On Tuesday, Teigen went on Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with the suspension of Roman.

“I’m not happy with the NYT vacation,” Teigen partially tweeted. “It sucks in every way. . . I don’t like it and I do what I can (except Twitter) to let people know. “

By the way, Roman already apologized last week. I would say that she has nothing to apologize for, but among the many social diseases that this virus has made stronger, canceling culture – even in a publication that should know more – is the best of them.


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