Reactions to Marie Kondo: Is it critism or bullying?

Marie Kondo Organizes a Bookshelf, Youtube – Crown Publishing Group

Character limits makes it easier to be precise and direct online, but at what cost?

Netflix latest show Tidying up with Marie Kondo has me and many other subscribers folding clothes neatly and saying thank you and goodbye to items that no longer “spark joy” in our lives. As we follow Marie Kondo into the homes of families struggling to navigate through their clutter, we are instantly intrigued by the konmari method. Some people, maybe aspiring minimalist or those who are downright pressed for space (myself included) gave her method a try and found a connection with items and objects that was lacking before. Much of that connection was recognizing the objects that have served us in our daily lives should be appreciated.

Not everyone that watched the series felt the same way. A lot of reactions starting pouring in via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter about her reference to books. And, not all of them good.

“I myself keep no more than 30 volumes in my home…Just keep the books that spark joy in your life and that you plan on rereading.”

Tidying up with Marie Kondo, Netflix

Critics and the online community of viewers clung to this and created all sorts of memes and gifs that were harsh and aggressive and some even compared her to Joseph Goebbels and the burning of books during Nazi Germany.

There has been a series of tweets and post that disagree with her idea of books and they have taken it to heart. A simple comment became a widespread discussion and everyone has an opinion. It has escalated to assumptions of racism and became a battle of wits. Maybe the show needed to discuss the inspiration or influence of the KonMari method. It’s not all fairy dust and finger tapping. It became such a widely debated discussion that Marie Kondo had to go on 92nd Street Yto defend herself in a conversation with New York Times Katie Rosman. 

92nd Street Y – Marie Kondo doesn’t want you to throw away your books!

So what do people need to understand? Marie Kondo has her own method and not everyone is going to agree with it. She teaches a bit of her culture and religion (Shintoism) through her method. Some may find that “odd” or “weird”, but that is the beauty of modernization – being open to new ideas.

When does criticism and expression of ideas skirt the line of bullying? The next time I decide to tweet or post my opinion, I will consider how it comes across the the receiver.

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1 Response to Reactions to Marie Kondo: Is it critism or bullying?

  1. sydhavely says:

    This blog hit home in a very emotional way for me and I’ll tell you why. A number of years ago my mother had to move out of her independent living apartment to a step-down semi-independent living arrangement. I came over to get her ready for the move and found hundreds if not more of magazines, articles, and books that there was no way she could move. I ended up throwing them out. She saw the bundle to go and started crying. Had I hurt her feelings? Was she saying good-bye to her old life? Could I have done it without her seeing? Possessions, especially among the elderly, play a role that may go far deeper than discarding yesterday’s newspaper. This is a well-thought out blog.

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