Twitter is a great place to fight about just about anything, and though politics usually fills the bill, the past week has seen a couple of hot takes on yoga that are coming from opposite sides of the political spectrum.

Only a few days ago, we learned that yoga practitioners were indulging in cultural appropriation and contributing to white supremacy.

The New York Post reports that Shreena Gandhi, a religious studies professor at Michigan State, and Lillie Wolff, a self-described “anti-racist white Jewish organizer, facilitator, and healer,” recently co-authored a piece arguing that the explosion in the popularity of yoga among affluent white women “is part of systemic racism” built on “the labor of black people and people of the global south.”

Few white people “make the connection between their attraction to yoga and the cultural loss their ancestors and relatives experienced when they bought into white dominant culture in order to access resources,” Gandhi writes.

That was one take. Another, offered by conservative blogger Matt Walsh, was featured in The Daily Wire.

Walsh writes:

So, if we follow the trajectory of yoga, we begin with pagan spiritualism, trace it through the anti-Christian counter-culture revolution, then sprinkle on a bunch of new age gibberish, and here we land with the modern day yoga class. Is it really crazy to think that perhaps this thing — with its combination of ancient paganism and new age mysticism — may not be an advisable hobby for Christians?

We’re not sure why yoga became a hot topic this week, but it did. Maybe someone turned up all of Hillary Clinton’s scrubbed emails on her yoga routines?

Let’s talk this out like rational human beings who just happen to hang out on Twitter of all places.

Embracing it? Don’t you mean CULTURALLY APPROPRIATING it, Mr. Goldberg?

If you’re wondering why Twitchy is covering yoga, check this out: both “Big Sick” star Kumail Nanjiani and the Church of Satan weighed in on Walsh’s take:

Iowahawk likes the tight pants, Ben wants them banned — there’s no agreeing here, is there?

No, it gets worse.

No wonder she had her server scrubbed if that’s what was on it.


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