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Not ‘Eat Pray Love’! Netizens slam American’s tweets on lavish lifestyle in Bali

  • Gisela Swaragita
    Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, January 19, 2021   /  07:46 pm
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A woman walks along Kuta Beach on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Aug. 15, 2020. A US woman was grilled by Indonesian Twitter users for promoting moving to Bali amid the pandemic.(AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

Indonesian netizens have gone into a rage accusing an American woman of disrespecting the local way of life by promoting a lavish lifestyle in Bali and encouraging other foreigners to move to the resort island. Twenty-eight-year-old Kristen Gray wrote on her Twitter account @kristentootie on Sunday that the decision to move to Bali with her girlfriend had been a game-changer after what she called the “hardship” of living as a Black queer in the United States. She wrote that she could afford an “elevated lifestyle at much lower cost of living” in Bali while living the life of a digital nomad. “There was an energy about the [United States] that I had to take a break from. Bali was the perfect medicine,” she wrote. “I also wanted to get out of survival mode and tap into how I could thrive.” Gray encouraged other Westerners to follo...