An online “anti-work” community with 1.6 million members has temporarily shut down, amid intense public backlash due to a botched interview of one of its leaders.
As millions of Americans received pandemic relief checks, some started asking why should they work in the first place.
One of these is Doreen Ford, the moderator of the “anti-work” subreddit. Ford describes herself as a non-binary writer who “does not care much for work.”
On Wednesday, Doreen did go to work however — giving an interview to Jesse Watters of Fox News to discuss her anti-work efforts. You can watch the three-minute interview here:
“There are some misconceptions about the movement,” Ford explained. “We want to still put in the effort. We want to put in the labor, but we don’t want to necessarily be in a position where we feel trapped,” Ford said.
“I think laziness is a virtue in a society where people constantly want you to be productive 24/7. And it’s good to have rest,” Ford said.
Ford also expressed a desire to teach philosophy. This made Watters chuckle, saying that he would love to attend one of Ford’s classes.
“I think this might not be the greatest idea, but who am I to judge? To each his own. It’s a free country,” the interviewer said.
But, as the interview gained traction, the anti-work subreddit started discussing it…and most seemed appalled by how the interview made the community look.
After intense discussion, moderators made the community public. They also blamed “brigaders,” or outside trolls trying to join the group and disrupt it.
On Thursday, moderators stated that they plan to remove Ford’s moderation privileges.
Earlier, Ford explained the ideas of the movement more in-depth.
“The point of the movement is not to tell everyone to go quit your job immediately and don’t think about the economic impact on yourself or your family — that’s definitely not the message,” Ford said last month.
“The central aim of our mission is to undermine and subvert capitalism as much as possible and make it so that people don’t have to rely on their jobs as much to pay rent.”