Is Ehrenreich’s performance successful?

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Is Ehrenreich’s performance successful?
This question assumes that what Ehrenreich does is a “performance”–already a notion up for debate. As Ehrenreich points out, one does not “pretend” to be a waitress; one either serves tables or does not. If one accepts the performative aspects of Ehrenreich’s work, the extent to which she must “act” and conceal her true self, then the issue is whether the overall message–namely, that the nation’s poor need help–is muddled as a result.

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