Hi all, I paid the server bill for the month so the site can be archived, sorry for the mess, didn't realize there'd be such an uproar. The site's in read-only mode. Happy archiving. Here's a link to a user-made PULL discord server: https://discord.gg/vZFEm75
I don't get who this video is for, besides trying to take advantage of ATLA's resurgence in popularity and trying to gain some viewz from the kidz for her dying channel. The outfits are neither cosplay nor wearable for daily life, even if you're into being eXtRa like Kenna, they look like costumes for ATLA OCs or something, or the new "What I'd wear in [x show/ movie/ series]" Tiktok trend. It's not that they don't look cool, because they do (credit where credit's due) and it's the most creative thing that Kenna has done in AGES, but I don't see what the point is. She doesn't explain her process ("I wanted my Earthbender outfit to look like....." "I explored these options" "I sketched out what I wanted the outfit to look like" SOMETHING) and the viewers can't relate to it besides ooohhing and aaahhhing @how cool Kenna looks.
Afaik (I don't enjoy poetry even when it's by good writers lol) one of the most common, if not THE most common, reactions to poetry (and writing in general) is supposed to be having a "OML this person looked into my heart and was able to put into words this specific feeling I thought only I had" moment of connection to the text, "hey, I thought I was alone in this but I'm not" Or a "Wow, I've never thought about it this way, I'm happy the writer showed me a different perspective" "They really do have a way with words, this was really beautiful" None of the above applies to Kenna. Her "poetry" is just a diary entry whining about her life, just in a stealthy way. Everything is me, me, me, me, I'm so deep, I'm so oppressed, I'm so whimsical, I'm so intellectual. She's got nothing to say with her "poetry" that anyone could relate to/ be impressed by her technical skills but she wants to be considered creative and deep, so here we are, in Kenna's puddle of depth.
My favourite bit was when she visited Europe for an entire month (and allegedly planned the entire trip herself, it supposedly wasn't one of those "packaged" trips organized by travel agents where you don't get a say in the destinations) and didn't visit Turkey..... I wouldn't even be mentioning it -she has every right to visit or not visit any place she likes without getting criticized for it- if she didn't keep bringing Turkey up only when it's convenient for her for imaginary oppression points. Now it's "so sad " that she doesn't speak a word of Turkish, but we all saw her bending over backwards to try and learn Japanese, in the country itself, no less- and yet Turkey didn't even deserve a simple visit throughout the MONTH LONG trip? IIRC, she also went somewhere else (Rome?) twice for some reason?
This is some Monkey's Paw bullshit..... I've been ragging on Kenna forever for not connecting with her Turkish side besides parroting "I'm genetically half Turkish so that means I'm a WOC!", and now she finally did it but, ofc, found a way to turn it into bragging.... Her family isn't some simple peasant Turkish family, they're rubbing shoulders with Ataturk! They're gifted surnames by him personally! In their members is a famous general! I seriously don't know what I expected with her. As for any mistakes in her story, it could be that her relatives just gave her false information. Sometimes relatives narrating the family history is like playing a game of Telephone, something is bound to get lost. Blogposting real quick, for years I thought that my great-grandmother was from a specific place in the country and moved to where my family currently lives, and I only just recently found out that it was her father who moved, she was born here. For example, Ataturk "gifted surnames" to basically the entirety of Turkey via the Surname Law in 1934. It could be that an old relative told Kenna "he gave us our last name", meaning both the family and also the Turkish people, and she just interpreted that as "the Sumans in particular" and didn't ask further questions.
Translation from Kenna to English: "All my friends see the documented proof of what a shit person I am online, where I'm safe behind a screen and I think I can say whatever I damn please (telling a girl who just lost her family "if you can't handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen" is a big one), and decide that they don't want anything to do with me" I'm confused which "friends" she means when she says she's lost people. The only friends she's shown online have been Grace, Bree, that entire Barry Happy/ Eve Taylor/ whoever else was in that entourage of ~Instagram personalities that love Disney~, Kaila- and they've all had pretty "popular" accounts with some solid followings, besides Grace, who gained hers because of Kenna. Oh, and a few people from her stint in Japanese language school, that absolutely no one cared about here because they were just normal people who happened to have social media accounts, not ~professional influencers~. They were only discussed when they posted pictures with Kenna, who they probably thought was just a quirky gal. The only two people that fit the bill of "they're constantly messaged about me and they grow to resent me" are Grace and Bree, but the way she says it makes it sound like she's lost countless friends because she can't help that she's popular. Kenna, if you're reading this, and you probably are: quit. social. media. It's very clear you can't handle it anymore. You can't handle it as a business, seeing as you only post if you can get a sponsor and the video is BEYOND halfassed (the everpresent "Go girl, give us nothing!"), and you can't handle it as a creative outlet, seeing as, well, you only post when you've been sponsored. Your mental health has been on the decline for literal YEARS now and you've been spiralling hard. Quitting SM doesn't have to be permanent, either. You can quit for a few months or even just weeks until you sort things out for yourself, and then either come back and rebrand yourself from scratch (not the halfassed "I'm no longer simply_kenna, I'm weebykitsune!"), or keep a PRIVATE account for friends and family. No one you don't want will be able to see what you post when you can manually accept or decline their follow request, there will be NO "trolls" seeing your content anymore. You can't have BOTH a fanbase of invisible friends and a hugbox. It's either one or the other when it comes to having a presence online.
She's so disconnected from her own life but so conected to fiction that she always has to use characters as examples for everything. She wants to show x aspect of herself? "Oh look, I'm so much like [Sabrina, Milo, Peter Pan, Snow White, etc]" She wants to show how close she is with someone? "You're the [x char] to my [y char]" And now this Zuko bullshit, because everyone online, even when they're not familiar with Avatar (I'm not, I've tried watching it but I didn't care for it), knows that his is considered one of the greatest redemption arcs of all time. Maybe I'm reading too much into it but she's been doing this for ages while having nothing to show for herself and her own life besides ~uwu I'm autistic and smol~