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Marina Shifrin quit her job with a YouTube video, by dancing to Kanye West’s “Gone,” and airing her grievances in subtitles.
The video has been watched more than 14 million times. Here & Now catches up with Shifrin to see how she’s doing, and find out whether she’s taken any job offers.
Did you take the job offer from Queen Latifah?
“I have not given a response yet. I thought I would let the dust settle a little bit before I made my decision. And luckily they’ve been so amazing over there — they’re like, ‘Yes, why don’t you sleep and eat and figure it out.'”
How are people responding?
“I’m really lucky because I have this network of protectors. I haven’t been on the Internet much because I’m just too sensitive. You know, if I read anything negative, I’m going to cry — like, they’re job is done, they got to me. So I’ve been avoiding the Internet like a plague. And then I have so many emails that are so supportive, and I was telling my friend how lucky I am that everyone has been so kind via email, and then I found out — I gave her my password to help me organize — and I found out she’s been looking through it and deleting anything I don’t need to read.”
What has the negative feedback been?
“From what I’ve seen … it’s this whole millennial argument. Because I am 25, I’m young, and the video — I can see where it comes off as disrespectful. But at the same time, people don’t understand my relationship with the company and don’t understand my sense of humor. Everything I do is just for a laugh and to make other people laugh. And I knew I needed to make this drastic decision and basically make myself not hireable so I can pursue a creative career in writing and comedy and just force myself to go that route.”