The "Can I Please Speak To The Manager" meme culture doesn't inspire anyone the opportunity to reflect. It encourages you to silence yourself for "fear" of being a "that person." I do believe in kindness and I do believe in grace, but I also believe that "problems" offer us the ability to become better, and without them we're being inauthentic with each other and ourselves.
I have a cousin named Felicia who is special needs. The "Bye Felicia" trend confused and manipulated her experience. My ex would say "that guy's such a Larry," when he thought someone wasn't "cool." I have a friend who just lost her mother named "Karen," and the "Karen, Can I Please Speak To The Manager" memes don't do anything for her healing process.
I don't believe "manager" is my title, I believe "Alyssa," is, and I only believe in using someone's name in endearment, not judgment or stereotype. When things aren't my favorite, I do my best not to complain about them, but to offer an alternative.
As a "manager" I've spent a lot of time answering the infamous question, and instead of keeping these "problems" to myself, I'm going to offer these "solutions" to all of us. I'll be starting a weekly "Can I Please Speak To The Manager" video series that will document what problems we're facing and what solutions we're creating. The more we're able to reflect together, the more we're able to see.
I see you. And I'm lysstening.