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I agree; as much as I'm a schadenfreude-ass bitch, this kind of thing isn't satisfying unless it's legitimate. While I find Kenna herself absolutely terrible and the earrings atrociously impractical, stuff life this just hits too close to hounding and bullying for my tastes. If people were leaving brutally honest reviews because the earrings really were crap that would be one thing, but this is just.... tacky idk. in other news I wish she'd make it less excruciatingly obvious that she's been lurking lately. I feel like every single thing brought up here recently, within a day or two she has a story ready to deal with that exact topic (wasting her Disney pass, never playing Kingdom Hearts, what she's gonna do with all her furniture, 80% of her q&a feeling like self-asks to clap back at what people say about her on here, etc. etc.) tbh I used to scoff a bit when people were like "hi Kenna" because I don't understand why someone would visit a place that so obviously dislikes them, but there's just too much for it to be a coincidence at this point.
I gotta say, if there's one "strength" Bri has, it's that she's incredibly good at branding herself even if it's all completely fake. She brands herself as being sexually empowered, when it reality she just has daddy issues and is desperate for male approval. She brands herself as a mental health advocate, when in reality she's constantly on the border of suicide because she refuses to get help. She brands herself as someone who "tells it like it is" about Japan even though in reality she's just incapable of adapting to the culture. She brands herself as a published writer when in reality her prose is trash and she has no stories worth telling. She brands herself as spiritual just because she to claim god-like status for her own ego. She brands herself as an artists willing to give up everything for her creative pursuits when in reality she's just lazy and doesn't want to work. No wonder people keep working with her shit ass and it takes the whole thread before people are like "damn I had no idea!"--she protects herself with this branded cloak of ~woke advocate black artist living her best life in Japan~ and unless you actually actively follow her bullshit she's so good at covering her tracks. It reminds me of when people were trying to report the stolen wallets she was trying to sell on Depop or w/e and there was nothing that could be done because all the places she admitted they were stolen were quickly erased. She's like a natural-born scammer.
I'm sorry, but "spontaneous" hiatus? I don't remember the exact first time she mentioned going to Europe but I feel like she knew at least a good month in advance, and considering she literally has nothing else going on in her life she could have easy made a handful of quick easy videos to sustain her through her trip. I get so sick of her always having excuses to not work--she makes it sound like Kaila (r.i.p. that friendship) just up and whisked her off to Europe like a fairytale and she had no idea and didn't see it coming and there was just nothing that could be done about her missing her uploads for nearly two straight months. I honestly cannot with this woman-child. also ngl I feel like the stuff she "lost" is probably all the content that explicit had Kaila in it.
I was watching Philip DeFranco's most recent podcast and at about 47 minutes in he discusses young creators who experience instantaneous success and wealth on platforms like TikTok, Instagram, Youtube, etc. and how he's worried for them because it cuts a lot of the most formative aspects of existence out of their lives--the ones that trigger the most personal growth--such as having to hold down a job, deal with financial stress, exist in a system i.e. waiting tables that introduces ideas about social hierarchy and empathy, etc. etc. and I honestly feel like this is one of Kenna's major issues. (See also: the Paul brothers.) She grew up upper-middle class at least (miss me with that "I was homeless!!!!!" bs girl) and seemingly pretty sheltered, and just when she would have had to start considering her path in life and start making Big Scary Decisions she got big on YouTube and made enough money that it became a viable 'career path' for her. But the issue is, it just happened to her--it's not like she put herself out there and networked, etc. she just happened to be in the right place at the right time with the right content. So now the way she sees work and money is completely stunted; she made so much money doing nearly nothing before, so she seems to think that effortless fame and money is what she just kind of deserves. She doesn't seem to understand at all that in the real world, people actually have to work. Even the Jvloggers who she seemed to think she would become a part of released videos consistently, pandered to their audience's needs, put on a fake smile for the camera, etc. But not Kenna; she seems convinced that if she releases a video once in a blue moon people will just magically come to her to watch it and heap her with praise and views (and adsense money) then also a modeling contract and an entertainment visa; the list goes on and on with things she just expects to fall into her lap. She doesn't seem to understand how the world works and how badly she's fucking herself over with every step she takes; she should really thank the heavens for her rich parents because that's the only reason she's survived these last couple years.
I have a lot of sympathy for her because she herself admits at times that her body positivity journey is ongoing and there are still times she feels like her body is ugly and inadequate. (I think this was in the recreating famous photoshoots one with Jessica Simpson iirc.) Which I get 100%; we don't have the same body type but I've dealt with similar body issues since puberty, and as much as I feel everyone should be able to love and accept their body no matter what it looks like, I've never ever been able to accept my own. So I'm not one to judge her as a hypocrite because she is uncomfortable with accepting and announcing her own weight gain, etc. and I appreciate her willingness to put herself out there for the most part. However that doesn't excuse her lying about her clothing sizes. Sorry for blogposting, but there have been times where she's claimed to be a specific size and while looking quite a bit bigger than me and it caused me to lapse into a fit of body dysmorphia. So to know she actually lies about her clothing sizes at times is pretty shitty and harmful when she's trying to help girls who're worried about that kind of thing. Honestly, maybe it would be better for her to not states the sizes of her clothing at all if it's something she's uncomfortable with and can trigger body image issues in her fanbase. I feel like a "size literally does not matter just look for clothing that fits and feels good" message would maybe be more appropriate. that being said, I don't watch her frequently because as much as I appreciate her message her personality is way too loud for me. I also find her spending habits incredibly irritating, especially the videos where she spends money at stores just to do so; they're wasteful and pointless and give a precedent for terrible spending habits regarding sustainability and quality. But I think her assistant is really sweet and like the videos where she's on screen.
This 100%. The way she worded it is incredibly intentional; you can easily get by in Japan not speaking English "at all" because you literally just don't have to speak since social interactions always follow the same pattern. But of course she had to make it sound like she's out here speaking fluently after studying literal beginner-level Japanese for five months, only ever hanging out with other English-speakers, and barely leaving her apartment (and even then only ever going to English-friendly tourist parts of town).
she's so combative with her answers; why would you open questions if you're just going to get pissed at people for asking them? idk if you can do it on insta like you could with tumblr, but these reek of self-asks in order to "own" the people on here who've been discussing these exact topics. At least I hope that's the case because I don't want to imagine her responding so obnoxiously if anyone is sincerely asking these. also yeah they ask questions about your finances Kenna because your finances make absolutely no sense unless you have a magic stash of money hiding somewhere that keeps replenishing itself.
Probably a mix of their comment taking a while to get moderated and thus being hidden as more people continued to post, and those who saw it not wanting to fan the flames of whatever wk'ing this person would be willing to do for Kenna. 🤷🏻♀️ also I find it excruciatingly annoying that Kenna refuses to just come out and say "my time in Japan is done, thanks for the memories, moving on to the next phase of my life." You're obviously leaving Japan, Kenna, why can't you just be straight with your followers for once in your life? (Also her furniture story reminds me of my teacher friend in Japan who said something along the lines of "people who come here on a whim always buy a ton of crap under the guise that they'll totally be able to sell it when they leave, but jokes on them everyone else does the same thing and no one wants their stuff.")
I got curious if she'd already done her talk, and was able to find the bwijconvention and bwijkobe hashtags. There are a ton of huge group photos but I don't see Bri in pretty much any of them, so she was obviously not a large part of the event outside her own small talk. Here are the ones I found:
The full caption on the second one: Cringe. "Earn your keep"? How the fuck is anything by Bri supposed to teach someone that? She literally makes maybe a video a month and makes all her money begging and guilt tripping her followers. It's so sad how such a nice event included such a disgusting gremlin--did they not look into the participants at all? Or is it fine to platform a complete trashheap of a human being in the name of 'unity'?
It would seem she's heading home but tbh it's just speculation at this point based off the fact that: 1) she's 100% alienated herself and has literally zero friends in Japan 2) some speculate that she lied about getting an entertainment visa and her big Europe trip was actually a visa trip (considering the timing 6 month student visa + 3 month extension that's always tacked on = visa officially ended September 30th) 3) she has completely taken Japan off of her Instagram profile even though it was a big part of her ~identity previously 4) recently her friends/family have mentioned her "coming home" or her wanting to move elsewhere I think that pretty much sums up the course of events for why so many people are near-certain her time in Japan is done. Also, as @TB09 already mentioned, her Japanese school was a flop. It seems the most she learned was how to order from Starbucks and the words for her school supplies.
It honestly feels like that phase is over, which is bizarre bc I thought Disney was the only constant in her list of continually shuffling interests. But since the garden party she's barely mentioned Disney, never goes to the parks even though she literally has all day every day to do so, never shows or talks about any of the Japan-specific Disney products or content, never mentioned KH even after buying a fucking PS4 and TV just to play it. Maybe she wasn't mentioning it because she didn't want people asking for her video (and making it obvious she was the +1), maybe she's bitter about them collabing with her other friends and never asking after her, or maybe Disney just doesn't suit her new ~dark~ aesthetic, who knows. Also this just made me think of all the junk she's bought (TV, PS4, ~aesthetic furniture, etc.) if she really does intend to move home in the next couple months jfc I wonder what she's gonna do with it all. I guess it's not like she can't afford to ship all her crap back to the States (and if she's smart she'll bring along an interpreter somehow to sell back her electronics), though there's nothing she can do about that Disney pass being an incredible waste of money.
Imagine going for a year-long trip in one of the most expensive cities in the world and then deciding it's not for you and moving to another incredibly expensive area while working maybe one day a month. Amazing. Truly all of this has been done on her own dime with her own hard work. But I agree with @ohnoho if she keeps choosing these places to live based on aesthetic instead of how they'll suit her personality and needs, she's gonna keep getting stung. The upper east coast is cold and more reserved and, yes, full of intellectuals, but Kenna I'm sorry to break this hard truth to you but you are not an intellectual and I can't imagine anyone who is actually an intellectual/living that kind of lifestyle wanting to be around your wanna-be ass so you're just going to be isolated again. It's so frustrating how she constantly fucks up her own life by living strictly for some temporary aesthetic; she really seems to have no understanding of who she actually is.
tbh that sounds like a nod to leftist politics and as someone who is intensely left-leaning I don't disagree with the sentiment (the idea that by already having wealth--enough to own a large property--one can exploit other people's needs to gain more wealth which is a fucked up system) but it's pretty rich coming from Bri. The whole idea behind leftist politics is that everyone should chip in equally if they have the means to do so and be properly compensated for their labor (labor being the most important concept in the equation Bri) aka you are an able-bodied human so get your ass to work. She doesn't even have it in her to post one youtube video a month, yet she's constantly exploiting others for her own gain while offering nothing in return; she's literally no better than the social media influencer version of landlords. Not to mention pretty much all leftists I know are incredibly against exploitation of hierarchies, so her benefiting off her parasocial relationships with the kids in her audience is fucked. I'd have more sympathy if she was doing anything at all to help herself yet still struggling, but all she does is sit on her ass all day, perform every textbook toxic behavior under the sun, and expect a reward for it. Bitch, nope.