My most circulated moment in the news is affectionately referred to as “Yeast Mode.”
While working at a cat cafe, I noticed a lot of protestors outside of the neighboring Planned Parenthood. Fed up with their signs and shenanigans, I made my own sign and engaged in my own shenanigans.
The protesters carried signs like "Abortion is Murder" and "You're Going to Hell" while my sign said:
Dear P.P., Thanks for Helping With My Yeast Infections!
My sign (and good attitude) scared them off; and with the tap of a Tweet, my story went viral.
Quotes and Links
“All hail our new shero.” – HuffPost
“Genius. I can’t praise Mary enough.” – The Young Turks
“Intrepid woman breaks up protest outside Planned Parenthood with cardboard sign about yeast infections” – New York Times
“It was the yeast she could do.” – George Takei
“Heroic Cat Cafe Employee Hollers About Yeast Infections” – Portland Mercury
“It's Portland's feel-good story of the weekend!” – Willamette Week
“This Woman Stopped A Planned Parenthood Protest By Chanting ‘Yeast Infections’” – BuzzFeed
The story was one of Slate’s most circulated stories of the year and landed me a spot on The Oregonian’s “Person of the Year” contest where I lost to a handful of notable people, including the PDX carpet.
I am still the top result when you Google “Portland yeast infection.”
I was minding my business at the mall when I spotted a troubling item at Spencer’s Gifts. Spencer’s has never really been known as the pinnacle of classy merchandise, but they had crossed a line with a shirt that quoted and promoted the infamous sexual assault comments made by Trump.
The story went viral, Spencer’s defended their stupid shirt and I didn’t back down.
I went on to make statements, fight trolls, join protests and say the word “pussy” on local news in the weeks following the tweet.
Ultimately, some malls found decency clauses in their leases, forcing some stores to pull the shirt—which is a victory. Additionally, their vice president invited me to never shop at their stores again—also a victory.
Here are some of my funny tweets getting featured alongside other funny tweets.
Portland Monthly - 19 Oregon Women You Must Follow on Social Media
Funny Or Die - 27 Goodest Tweets We Scrolled Past This Week
Huffington Post - The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week
The Oregonian - 15 of The Week's Funniest Tweets by Portland's Women & N.B. Comedians
HuffPost - 21 Hilariously Tweets About Being Annoyed With Family At Thanksgiving
Uproxx - Apparently Blue Lobsters Exist, Because Someone Just Caught One
The Portland Mercury interviewed me for being both an intriguing person and a fan of cats.
I organized a surprise visit from Rojo the Llama to cheer up my friend—local comedian, Veronica Heath. The story was so quirky that the news decided to tag along.