12 hours ago
Food Allergy Bullying: It’s Just Not Funny
Here’s the first one:
That people howl with laughter at skits portraying pancakes being thrown at someone whining “Gluten! Gluten!” is so deeply disturbing, I find it hard to articulate the depth of it. There’s no humor in this. It’s hatred disguised as a “joke.” Seeing people shriek with delight at the sight of someone perceived to be like me having pancakes thrown at them…why is that funny?? Being hated for having a disease can be as difficult to deal with as the disease itself.
And the second one:
I want to cry right now after having two bullying experiences with my best friend last week, questioning why I am so dramatic because I can’t eat “a few things.”...
1 day 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. Nice…huh?
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??