4 hours ago
Gluten Free: Perception vs Reality
I expected a bit of a backlash from taking a stand against The Disney Channel. But when the story was picked up by CBS, The Hollywood Reporter, Huffington Post, Perez Hilton and tons of other media outlets, it lit a match and boy oh boy…have I gotten a backlash. I’ve been called pretty much every name in the book, most of which I can’t print.
Though kudos to JB182Dog for coming up with “Gluten Douche”. Insulting, yet oddly comical.
Amy, who started the petition on change.org, has taken it even worse. She and her family have been verbally barraged with the most debase comments you can imagine. Simply for standing up for what she believes in.
Hey…we put ourselves out there so we’re fair game I suppose.
So the question becomes…was it worth it?
Short answer…hell yeah!
I am heading up to Connecticut soon for some family festivities. On one of the nights, there will be 23 of us going to dinner and the host has selected Bonefish Grill as the venue.
Not knowing anything about this restaurant, I got in touch with my best friend to do some research. He goes by the name of Google…you may have heard of him.
Low and behold, Bonefish Grill has a gluten-free menu. Here is a blurb taken directly from their website.
At Bonefish Grill, you can choose from an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free options. From gluten-free beer and appetizers, to fresh, wood-grilled specialties and even decadent desserts, you can have something new and different every time you come in. It is important to note that gluten-free does not necessarily mean a fat-free or healthier diet, and it’s crucial that Americans consume the right amounts of nutrients and...
Score one for the celiac community!
After my blog post on Friday regarding the Jessie episode where they bullied a gluten free character, it caused a serious sh*tstorm within our community.
So we did what we do best. We stood up for ourselves. We shared across all of our platforms. We tweeted, facebooked (I know…not an actual word) and called Disney. We signed a Petition and generated over 2,000 signatures in a matter of hours.
We proved that we are a powerful, passionate community that is not to be taken lightly.
And guess what?
By the end of the day, Disney agreed to pull the episode off the air.
Imagine that. In the course of 10 hours, we convinced Disney to pull an episode right before it was supposed to air. How freaking cool is that??
I get emails all the time from parents who have young children with celiac disease. They pour out their souls out to me, telling me what a hard time their kids are having at school just trying to fit in while being gluten free.
They tell me how other kids put bread and other gluten filled items on their plate because they think it’s funny.
They tell me how the school will not help protect their children during lunch hours.
They tell me how their children come home from school crying.
These are children we are talking about.
So then why the hell would The Disney Channel produce a show (“Jessie”) where the most annoying character, Stuart, happens to be gluten free and is made fun of because of it? (watch the video above)
Did they go down a “disease list” and decide which would be the funniest?