Canadian author Kelly Oxford on politics, parenting and panic disorder
Social media influencer tackles mental health issues and her #notokay campaign in new book of personal essays
She might mingle with famous comedians and Hollywood elite now, but Canadian writer and social media influencer Kelly Oxford doesn't forget where she came from.
"Edmonton is the home town. Let's get this clear right now," Oxford joked, referring to occasional confusion about her Albertan roots. "I was raised in Edmonton and moved to Calgary in 2001."
After developing a significant following on Twitter for her sharp observations and clever one-liners, the once stay-at-home parent eventually moved to Los Angeles with her family.
My kid is wasting his childhood doing quadratic equations, I have no reason to support this. Teach them how to do my taxes.—@kellyoxford
If you can name 5 Kardashians but can't name 5 countries in Asia, stick a knife in an electrical socket.—@kellyoxford
Since then, Oxford has penned TV pilots and is currently developing a series for Hulu with Seth Rogen and James Franco as producers.
In her latest book of personal essays, called When You Find Out The World is Against You, she talks about what it's like parenting three kids (whose quotes feature prominently in many of her tweets), her battle with anxiety, and her strong political views as a Canadian living in the United States.
Oxford attracted media attention last year when she started the #notokay movement online following the release of a tape in which then-Republican candidate Donald Trump was heard bragging about groping women.
The author was so enraged, she recounts in the book, that she asked women to tweet her their experiences with sexual assault shortly after and received hundreds of thousands of responses from around the world.
women have tweeted me sexual assault stories for 14 hours straight. Minimum 50 per minute. harrowing. do not ignore. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/notokay?src=hash">#notokay</a>—@kellyoxford
"You hope to build a community around what you are doing, and if you are lucky, that happens," she told CBC News while in Toronto as part of a book tour. "I have been lucky enough to put all of the cards out on the table to play and there have been people coming to the table. I just think I am really fortunate that people have found similarities in themselves with me."
Watch more of CBC's interview with Kelly Oxford and her #notokay campaign below.
With files from Ilana Banks