I think you should simply watch this first:
Now, the first thing that jumps out at me is how straight forward Rodney is when answering the question “Is there enough diversity in yoga.” He doesn’t dawdle. He doesn’t stammer. He gets right in the mix and convinces me that he’s actually thought about this issue of “Where are all the poor people?” more than once. In fact, I think he likes this subject a bit too much, as he won’t shut the hell up about it. But, ultimately, that might be a good thing. So, good on you, Rodney!
Colleeeeeeeeeeeen on the other hand. Wow! [Also, here, here, and here.] I actually had to pause the video about thirty seconds into her response as I curled up into the fetal position and wished away my embarrassment for her. What the hell are you doing, Colleen?
INTERVIEWER: “Hey, Colleen. Is there enough diversity in yoga?”
COLLEEN: “I actually think there’s too much diversity with all the yoga brands and such.”
INTERVIEWER: “No. I mean like, are there enough fat black dykes who do yoga?”
COLLEEN: “Yeah, well, like I said: Yoga is all one.”
Basically, what we are witnessing here is a classic example of I-have-no-real-need-to-examine-diversity-so-when-asked-about-it-I-define-it-in-such-a-crazy-way-so-as-to-talk-about-something-else. Awwwwwwwkward.
Now, we could easily wax endlessly on the subject of diversity, race, privilege, etc. But, in all honestly, most articles on the subject are straight up AWFUL. And, despite our interest in the subject, I have no reason to believe ours would be any different. So, we are letting you off the hook. The video, and the fact that we’re posting it here, says enough.
Note: Thanks to one of our readers for forwarding this along. A great find, indeed.