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?
Am I supposed to embrace this?
I know some others out there are touting that it’s a good thing Pillsbury has jumped into the gluten-free game.
Me? I’m becoming immune to the whole thing. Absolutely immune.
It’s Celiac Awareness Month and I’m just at a loss of what to do to…you know…actually raise awareness.
When your up against the big boys like General Mills pumping out gluten-free crap to the masses, simply because they know the market is hot, I feel like an ant on a hot summer day, with a mean 8 year old boy, who looks just like the Pillsbury Doughboy, holding a magnifying glass over me.
I’m all hot and bothered…and while that may sound somewhat titillating, I assure you it’s the complete opposite.
Dude note: It’s 11:30 at night, I just worked a long, long day and I’m a tad cranky. I’m gonna come back to...
I received the following email and if nothing else, I thought we could help a fellow celiac out and have some fun at the same time.
Hey Gluten Dude…I am a 33 year old Type 1 diabetic, Mom to 2 beautiful munchkins, and a Navy wife. Whew! I thought I had enough on my plate but then I was feeling sick and having a mental breakdown and I pieced together that I may have Celiac. Well after testing it was confirmed and I have been gluten free for 4 months and have never felt better! I honestly thought I was losing my mind. Came to find out it was just the gluten that was making me crazy.
My question for you is how do you deal with the whole diet freaks?
People keep telling me I am so ‘lucky’ and eating gluten free isn’t that bad. It drives me nuts...