by Shelt Garner
It’s my impression that Yashar Ali is of Iranian origin. The reason the recent kerfuffle about this Twitter “influencer” caught my eye is I knew a Iranian dude in Seoul who — much like Ali — collected friends like other people collect stamps. This guy had about 30 people at his birthday party in Seoul one year. I was flabbergasted.
Nothing I write here should be taken as any sort of judgement on Iranians — on an individual level, I’m quite fond of Iranians because they can do the one thing I can’t do: make friends.
It makes me wonder if Ali is, like my Iranian friend in Seoul, just really, really, really good at making friends. It’s spooky how apt the description of Ali fits the guy I know from Seoul.
Anyway. No one cares what I think.