D: Hey, everyone. Thanks for joining me for this really weird video. I already don’t know how we’re going to title it. D: It’s gonna be like an interview conversation thing. I’m Daniel O’Brien, this is Talia Jane D: You’ve written a couple articles for us here at Cracked. D: You can find them on the website, they’re great. D: But you also wrote something else about a year ago that you published on Medium about your job at the time which was Yelp. D: D’You want to run that story by our viewers? T: So, about a year ago I wrote an open letter to my CEO at Yelp because all my co-workers and I were struggling despite the fact that we were working full-time T: And I realized that it wasn’t normal. We had people who were either homeless or on the brink of homelessness. T: We had people who couldn’t go to the dentist because they couldn’t afford the $20 copay, despite the fact that we had full benefits, and they they couldn’t pay us a living wage. T: So, I reached out to my CEO after reaching out to my managers and establishing a consensus with my co-workers that all of us had asked our managers for a raise, T: and I said, like, we need to get paid a living wage because this is bogus D: Two things happened directly from Yelp out of that. You were laid off, D: I think, the day that it went up?
T: Two hours.
D: Two hours after. T: I wasn’t even at work, and they fired me.
D:The other Yelp change that happened is they raised their wages, is that right?
T: Mhmm. They improved working conditions. T: They – instead of everyone just being assigned a different desk every time they came into work, people got their own desks. T: Which is great because before everyone would – ,like, if one person had a cold, everyone would get a cold. D: The kind of place would have been a better working environment for you, had you not been fired to make that working environment possible? T:Yeah, exactly.
D:The other thing happened someone, D: a 29 year old writer, D: wrote a response to your post that also went kind of viral because you – they turned you into this sort of… T: Monster.
D: Monster, yeah. This is, like, this is – they decided this is everything that’s wrong with Millennials and D: this woman just came after you, that you weren’t working hard enough, and everything was was your fault, D: and you should have taken a cue from a person like her, who worked really hard at a waitressing job and D: and made enough money to live well. T: A waitressing job that she was given by a family friend. D: For an essay that is all about how you don’t have a strong work ethic, and you don’t work hard enough, D: she walked into a bar that was owned by a family friend and started complaining, D: and the family friend walked away and came back and was like ‘you have a job now’. T:Yeah,
D: and- and then she- she certainly did work hard at her job and like I’ve waited tables and bar-tended, D: we all have, I think we D: have both at different times been dishwashers, so, like, you can respect that she worked hard to make a good living for herself, and D: it was as a D: friend and D: pseudo boss-man of yours, it was hard for- D: for all of us, really, to watch the internet has just decided ‘Yes! D: This is what’s- D: This is what’s wrong with America right now. Good ‘millennial’ and bad ‘millennial’ ‘ and no one was taking the time to really go through D: both of those articles to see that there’s nuance to be had-
D: -everywhere, and now we’re at the present,-
T: Yes D: -and there’s a senator named Ben, Sasse who wrote this book D: ‘The Vanishing American Adult’. At about page 126 our guy, Ben Sasse, in his awesome book, D: wrote about Millennials not working hard and D: he told a story ‘So, sometimes stories like these capture the public attention and go viral. In 2016, Talia Jane, D: a 25 year old customer service rep at Yelp’s e-24 delivery service, caused a sensation when she wrote a long letter of complaint to her D: CEO’. He doesn’t like you and he-
T: Sounds familiar D: Specifically calls you out for not working hard, D: and then he holds up the woman who wrote the response to you as, like, like he agrees with D: the internet a year ago, which no one should ever do and he was saying that D: she was the good one, and you were the bad one. Basically what everyone was saying last year and D: Here’s some quotes that I hate that he said. He said ‘Reading this woman’s words,’ D: (This is the the one he likes) D ‘You hear in your head parents across the nation breathing a sigh of relief and whispering ‘praise her parents D: we need more of that’. Some parents may also nod their heads in hearing that Talia Jane was quickly fired from her job.’ Which, it’s- T: Her parent, I would- that’s a head noddable.
D: Yeah. Everyone loves when people get fired, who are already struggling like that, especially D: senators. Definitely put that out in the world, good luck with your presidential run D: plotting when people get fired. ‘Our founders would recognize Ms ***** and they would D: panic about the survivability of a nation if we have too many Ms. Janes’ T: Start panicking
D: Yeah. Now, these are some pretty damning things that he said about you.
D: So, I’m just curious D: What was your reaction when he reached out to you? T: Well, Dan, this might surprise you but the senator, who may potentially run for president and wrote a book on a whole thesis T: that smears me, did not actually reach out at all-
D: Get out of town
T: -to get any sort of fact-checking in T: whatsoever
D: That’s, uh, D: that’s pretty interesting, I think. We do research at Cracked all the time because were not allowed to publish lies T:Fun fact, so, because he is a senator and because the book is published T: It’s considered fair criticism, and he’s protected from Libel laws-
D: Oh, nice T: -because he’s a high-ranking government official, so, I just- so any senators or anyone out there T: who’s a high-ranking government official: if you want to talk sh*t about me? T: Get it published, and you’ll be great D: He, uh, D: We keep calling him a senator D: but a thing that he calls himself in the book that he takes great pride in is – uh – he thinks himself as an historian first and T: Of course he does
D: as someone who has published two history books, I’m not allowed to do any of the D: not reaching out to living sources when I’m talking about them kind of business. Like, my publisher would be D: really mad if I was like ‘Yeah, I D: wrote an entire section based on a half understood, half read D: article that someone else wrote about Talia Jane. Is it cool if we just publish it?’ D: They’d say no and also I wouldn’t do that because I- T: You’re a human
D: research my shit and I’m human being and D: another thing that I D: don’t wanna come- again, D: I don’t want to come down too hard on this other writer (by which I mean the other woman not Ben Sasse, who I’m going D: to come down real hard on) D: I get the sense that when he decided to hold you up as the example for everything that’s wrong in America right now D: he didn’t read the full thrust of your piece, certainly, because he would have seen how hard you worked and how D: real your struggle was, and D: that you’re a good per- like, no one could read that and think ‘oh yeah, D: this is this is the person this is the best example’. Like. he would just move on, because you’re not an entitled fraud Millennial. D: He also, I don’t think, read all of your D: opponent’s piece, because one of the quotes in hers that D: really stuck out to me is, she’s talking about struggling being a waitress in New York, and-and D: having a hard time getting by and like seeing all of her D:classmates D: thriving and doing better than her. D: She wrote the quote “I dealt with the pitying looks of my former classmates and their parents when they would see me at the hostess D: stand, laughing to myself knowing their child was addicted to coke”. Which is- had he read that, D:I doubt he would have D: Held her up as the one that the founding fathers would recognize while panicking over you
T: Yeah D: so one of the things that was very clear to me when people were vilifying you on the internet is that D: ninety percent of people were in agreement that you were bad, and I would also say that D: ninety percent of people D: likely didn’t read either of these D: open letters. They read articles describing them with certain pulled quotes because that’s just sort of the vibe that everyone was pulling out. D: No-one could have read your whole piece D: about your struggle in very real terms and D: walk away thinking you were a villain. And I think that’s pretty clear that Ben Sasse did the exact same thing, that he didn’t read D: Your letter or the other letter, but found some D: angry D: ‘national review’-style blog that was like ‘Do you see this millennial fraud? D: *sound of annoyance* here’s a single out of context quote that makes you seem very bad, and did you see this perfect angel? D: here’s a pulled quote that makes you seem good’, and that’s a kind of research and due diligence D: we can expect from a guy who’s helping shape our laws
T:Yeah D: Hey everyone, thank you for watching that weird video. Click the big C in the middle to subscribe. Click any of the videos in D: the boxes around us to watch those videos. Click the stupid YouTube bell, that’ll give you notifications whenever we make a new video, and, D: Talia, you’re very funny on Twitter. Where can people find you?
T: Just type in Talia Jane. Good luck D: Sounds good. Alright!