Lifestyle icon Martha Stewart has been on a roll when it comes to representing vivacious women over 60. Whether she’s teaming up to charm audiences alongside her BFF Snoop Dogg, poking fun at Elon Musk, or starring as Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue cover model, Martha stays busy.
Her most recent publicity moment, however, doesn’t have the same wholesome feeling Stewart brings to the table. In an interview with Footwear News, the DIY-queen had some choice words about Americans who want to continue working from home after covid-19 lockdown shut down offices.
“You can’t possibly get everything done working three days a week in the office and two days remotely,” the cozy-home guru said. “Look at the success of France with their stupid … you know, off for August, blah blah blah. That’s not a very thriving country. Should America go down the drain because people don’t want to go back to work?”
Well, that’s certainly a viewpoint. A lot to unpack there. Many online were confused–after all, didn’t Stewart basically make her career by “working from home?”
Sitting down with The Today Show, Stewart elaborated on her controversial stance. It seems she’s confusing “work from home” with a three-day workweek.
“I’m having this argument with so many people these days. It’s just that my kind of work is very creative and is very collaborative. And I cannot really stomach another zoom. […But] I hate going to an office, it’s empty. During COVID I took every precaution. We […] set up an office at […] my home[…] Now we’re our offices and our three day work week, I just don’t agree with it,” Stewart tells viewers.
“It’s frightening because if you read the economic news and look at what’s happening everywhere in the world, a three-day workweek doesn’t get the work done, doesn’t get the productivity up. It doesn’t help with the economy and I think that’s very important.”