If You’re American, You’re Privileged — It’s That Simple

Tom Kuegler
6 min readJan 19, 2021
Photo by Alex Martinez on Unsplash

This past weekend, a series of tweets landed Twitter user Kristen Gray in hot water. She’s an entrepreneur who moved to Bali with her girlfriend in 2019 to start a better life. After talking about her new lifestyle, many Indonesians asked her about her role in the gentrification of Bali.

It was such a heated debate on Twitter, that “Bali” was actually trending on the discover page for a few hours.

Here are some screenshots of her original tweets:

On one hand, I really love what Kristen is doing. As a digital nomad who’s spent two months in Bali myself, I guess I’ve contributed to the gentrification of Bali, too.

I love how she started her own business, found an inclusive place to live, and is happy with her girlfriend. And for what it’s worth, she said herself that she raises money to feed people on the island who are having a rough go of it.

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Tom Kuegler

Travel blogger. 30 years old. Currently in Mexico. Subscribe to my Substack: https://mindofawriter.substack.com/