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402. Girl Indeed Gone Viral, with Alisha Rai

Girl Gone Viral
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Alisha Rai wrote a tweet about cake pops on Valentine’s Day that went holy heckin’ viral. It was on every social media platform. It was on tv. Morning shows spent 3+ minutes debating it. Then jackwagon men’s rights activists on YouTube ranted about it.

The cake pops are a metaphor, but the outcome of online virality and that level of exposure is very real, and very difficult. So we talk about what happened, why it happened, and why it’s so goddam threatening for marginalized women with platforms and opinions to be funny while criticizing the behavior of entitled people.

And in delicious, delicious irony, Girl Gone Viral ( A | BN | K | AB ), Alisha’s new book, is out this week.

TW/CW: harassment, like holy whoa. We’re talking throughout the episode about online harassment of a woman of color, and there are some shitty examples at different times in our conversation, so heads up.

Some people suck. You, however, are fabulous.


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  1. Pear says:

    De-lurking to say I did preorder Girl Gone Viral last month after seeing Alisha Rai’s tweet went viral. I’d been planning to read it anyway, since I enjoyed the first in the series, but the decision to purchase rather than borrow was prompted by wanting to financially support Alisha Rai. It’s harrowing to watch a person get compressed into a character to fit a media narrative.

    It arrived in the mail yesterday and I hope to start it tonight or tomorrow! I’m also looking forward to the third one in the series.

  2. Karen H near Tampa says:

    I am totally on Alisha’s side for the cake pop behavior and regret what she had to suffer afterwards. I think it’s sad that not only do people feel compelled to make awful remarks that are totally out of the bounds of the original, but to go even deeper. What has happened to common courtesy?

    I will say that I knew my partner was probably a keeper when, on our first date, at a very nice Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, he told me to just order a 2nd entree when the first one didn’t meet my expectations. It’s been over 40 years and we’re still together so I was right. He still shares everything and also gets things for me that he thinks I might want even if I haven’t asked.

  3. Anybody who hasn’t read RIGHT SWIPE — the audiobook is sooooo delicious. Even if you’ve read it, you should listen to it too. Dueling actors/narrators for the hero/heroine. I would let the hero narrate anything for me. Anything.

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