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Maybe it's just because I have similar people in my life to how Kenna is behaving right now, but this "woe is me, my problem is that I love TOO MUCH and it is taken for granted" bullshit drives me up a wall. I have a 'friend' who makes similar claims constantly about how all the friendships she loses are because she gives too much and gets taken advantage of while always being ghosted and never getting any care in return, and as someone who is 'friends' with her that's patently false--she loses friends because she's only surface-nice and below that she's bitter and vindictive and spiteful and passive-aggressive. I wouldn't be shocked if Kenna is exactly the same, especially considering that she's nearly 25 and still thinks vague-posting about her friends on her gigantic online platform is an acceptable way of venting her loneliness and frustration. Everyone has probably experienced, at some point in their life, feelings like they aren't actually as important to their friends and family as they wish they were. No one likes to feel disposable or replaceable; it's part of the human condition. But most people have the emotional maturity to know deep down that their friends do love them and the problem is their own attitude and expectations, and to turn that spotlight inside and consider maybe their own behavior is also part of the problem.
tbh this tendency by influencers to act like this is a specifically influencer-centric problem kind of shows that they have no understanding of what other jobs are like. Any job that deals with "customers" (or, in this case, "fans" but it's logistically the same thing) is going to include some level of personal invasion. Does she think the teenage girl working at the local deli doesn't have to politely dodge and respond to questions about her personal life constantly from customers and fellow co-workers alike? Dealing with invasive questions is part of existing in this world, and if you want a career that has a huge platform you're accepting the fact that it's going to be amplified. She either has to get used to politely dodging these kind of questions, ignoring them, or choose a career that doesn't have such a huge reach.
this is what really stands out to me, too. I feel like she knew she would be returning to the US as soon as her friendship with Kaila was canceled late-October, and it's not rare for people to up and leave Japan on just a moments notice so it's not like she needed two months to move. And her family seemed to want her to come home as soon as possible based off the comments we've seen from them. So she really had no reason to stick around in Japan as long as she did ASIDE from keeping up the bullshit farce that she ~totally only ever intended on staying one full year. So as far as it seems to me, she purposely waited until the most intensely inconvenient moment to go home and just seemed to expect all of her friends and family to put off their holiday plans to make room for her bullshit--just so she could prove the haters wrong on the internet. Even though we've already seen through her lies anyway. when you're the ~wandering child~ of the family I get that it's painful when you first realize all your loved ones are making plans without you now. But at the end of the day, this is the life you chose and it's your job to make sure your family knows when you're available and want to be included, and work around their schedules to make sure that can happen. You can't just show up whenever and expect exaltation at your presence, regardless of how much you're possibly inconveniencing them.
Kenna AND her family need to realize that sharing this shit on social media isn't the way to go. Kenna feeling lonely on Christmas is sad and unfortunate, definitely, but posting this whole "weh woe is me I'm so alone in this world" poem when your family that clearly loves you invited you to be with them but you evidently opted out?? And her family for snipping back at her when she's obviously in a rough spot, in a public account? Jesus christ. I can't imagine how toxic it must be to be in a ~social media family~ that displays all this shit openly. As much of a shitstain as she is, I'm sure her friends or family would come to her aid if she was honestly like "I'm really hurting and I wish there was a way to get to you" but instead she has to be an uwu so sad poet and act like a victim online, which the people in her life are obviously not gonna take well. None of you are children anymore, grow up.
Unfortunately for her she can't live in Japan while doing sex work--pretty much all work and students visas ban those kinds of jobs and they will 100% deport you if they catch you doing it. The only thing that I think gets a "pass" is gravure work i.e. peachmilky and I think even that is walking a fine line and is only allowed because she is a literal model and can just say her lewds are model work. Bri doesn't really have that excuse. She can however, work 28 hours a week doing literally any other kind of job so. No excuses for why she's always broke.
Maybe if she planned ahead and contacted the car rental company and put in an advanced rental time they could have told her they'd be closed at that point, but she was too busy spending the last days before travel going to the movies and posting ridiculous staged aesthetic pics of her packing boxes and ~uwu quirky~ instagram memes about how she's such a procrastinator. And of course instead of acknowledging her own fault here in being lazy and irresponsible she tries to make it sound like the car companies are in the wrong and she's been lied to. Also does she not have any family who can come pick her up or drive her wherever she needs to go?? Why does she even need to rent a car on Christmas Eve I don't understand.
I can't believe PULL was down for the entirety of Kenna's departure from Japan. A travesty. I'm still laughing at the person in her insta comments like "omg you're the most stylish person at the airport!" as if that's difficult because most people aren't stupid and vain enough to wear showy uncomfortable-looking clothes when they have a day of traveling ahead of them. I can't get over how quietly this all happened, either; she made such a huge fuss about going to Japan but now she's just quietly limping away with her tail between her legs. Also, any opinions on if we'll ever get that Japan Q&A? I honestly thought (bc evidently I'm a fool who hasn't followed Kenna's bullshit long enough) that she'd post it a few days before her departure, if not the day she departed. But since she's already left Japan and hasn't posted it, I just feel like it's not gonna happen. There are just too many perfect excuses now, such as jetlag or unpacking or readjusting, etc. and now she can make ~resettling in Cali~ her new content focus while trying to pretend the whole Japan thing was a bad dream. I feel like she'll avoid a "why I left Japan" video just because she knows the comments section will just be filled with people laughing and saying "called it". I honestly want her to prove me wrong and post it because the way she's trying to quietly move home after making a huge deal about how Japan was her ~home~ and she was going to ~start anew~ there is incredibly irritating.
I'm getting really tired of this "influencer" era and wish I could see an end in sight. While there have always been celebrities used to tout and sell items and ideas, at least people didn't get as personally attached to them and didn't see them as like... friends. But you have these people who are often fucking terrible getting these huge followings just because they're rich or know how to wear cute clothes or are attractive or a good artist and suddenly all of their shitty beliefs and options have this huge audience to spread wider and wider. Most influencers are young and stupid and don't know shit about life yet, which is fine, but when you put people like that on a pedestal their audience (generally quite young) doesn't know any better but than to treat these people like some sort of authority. Not to mention all these influencers and shit on instagram who're insecure and want asspats for how they look so they shoop themselves into oblivion, constantly poisoning the well for how other people feel about their bodies and appearance and not considering the terrible influence they're being on their audience. And because all of these influencers are young and dumb and insecure, when you criticize them you always get responses like "omg they're only [AGE] cut them some slack!" but people haven't considered that if these people are too young to be held accountable or criticized for their content, maybe, just maybe they're also too young to gave a huge media platform?? I don't want to say straight-up "social media is toxic!!!!" because as someone who grew up in a small town with an anxiety disorder, most of my friends are people who I originally met through social media. But I'm so tired of this era of treating random personalities on the internet like our ~friends when these are all people who don't even know who you are and generally just exist to spread crappy ideas around and sell their shitty scam-level sponsored shit. It's straight-up predatory and terrible but it seems to just be the way of the future.
I'm so sick of her "if you want to help a [insert minority status here]" grift--none of that shit has anything to do with the situation she's in right now but she's constantly painting it like the reason she's hurting is because she's subjugated. She literally just made a video about quitting all her jobs to become an ~artiste lmao what the fuck. Anyone who donates to this bitch is a sucker and I barely have it in me to feel bad for them anymore. Bri is the epitome of "woke for profit".
this. she talks about how much stress she's under for her move and then posts a bunch of dumbass memes and shit about how she's still procrastinating. I get wanting to slack or posting while you're taking a break, but there's a certain point where the ~uwu so relatable~ schtick stops being cute and starts being incredibly annoying and she's a few posts past that point already. You can tell she doesn't have any friends who care enough to be on her ass to get her shit done every time they see her faffing off when she's got things she should be doing. she literally just spends all day every day on instagram/netflix; I don't understand how she doesn't have a job or obligations and yet still somehow finds a way to always be late on every single task or promise.
it's not really wrong just.... doesn't really work in this context. Japan has a lot of words and phrases that have a very specific context which make it really obvious when someone is doing literal direct-from-dictionary translation. Such as this case. also in regard to the curled hair story, is it just me or does it look like she curled her hair and is trying to pass it off as her ~natural curls~ even though they don't seem like her natural curls--they look way too uniform. Also, can vouch, there's plenty of product for curled hair in Tokyo because 1) there are a lot of foreigners and 2) a lot of the style-obsessed women in this city have perms. She just can't read the bottles and obviously cant be assed to Google a brand, considering she spent her whole trip desperately begging her insta followers for ideas of what to do in Tokyo as if a million lists on the exact topic don't already exist if she'd just Google it. but it's all good because she's going back to the States soon so she'll never have to try to read Japanese product bottles again.
I hope she proves me wrong and is at least a little honest about her time in Japan. Even a "Japan just wasn't for me." Anything that doesn't make it look like Japan just couldn't keep up with her standards or like this is all according to her plan all along. I'm sick of her gaslighting her fans. But I'm not gonna hold my breath.
I feel like it's a mix of this ^ and "guys look I live in Japan remember hey guys Japanese men still want me hEY btw I can read Japanese and you can't so I'm not even gonna translate this for you all hope you enjoy being inferior to me :)" when in reality it's just some fuckboy and also just some of the most elementary Japanese out there. (I mean, the fact that I can read it and I suck at the language...) also eyes rolling into the back of my head at her acting like she's showing any restraint whatsoever by refusing to go clubbing recently when in reality it just shows how much time and money she's been wasting on partying and drinking up until this point. Your favorite club hasn't seen you in "weeks"? Bitch most normal people only do shit like that once a month if even.