From Ads to Ad Homs
Saturday was amazing. I got up at some ungodly hour, packed up the kids, drove up to my parents’ house, and my mom and I suited up… in Santa suits… to join 1500 Santas in a 5K run through the town where I grew up. And we did it in a blizzard, mofos! A BLIZZARD! And the rest of the day was up up up from there. Shopping, parties, pizza. It rocked.
Sunday was amazing, too… but for all different reasons.
My morning started with a coffee while checking FB to see who’s got good snark and who’s gotÂ stupid cartoon profile pictures. Instead of snark and snorks, I got an email from Kim Wombles informing me that Age of Autism has started their attack against me.
I wasn’t surprised. After the AMC awesomeness just before Thanksgiving and the Grant Park rally last MayÂ I knew I was on their radar. And Orac’s been warning me for months, and called their shot Thanksgiving Day. I was waiting for them. I was prepared… I thought.
Unfortunately, I’m naive. I expected them to come at me with information. I expected them to be angry. I expected them to call me names. I expected them to take my words out of context. I expected them to paint me as a bad mother. I expected them to use my son’s developmental delays against me. I expected them to show up here and on their own blogs.
But they play dirty.
They’ve taken my FB profile pic and posted it on their FB page with the caption:
This is the woman who fought to pull the SafeMinds PSA’s from the theatres. It’s her FB profile page photo. She is anti-choice and wants to tell you that mercury is safe and that Thimeosal is good – according to her blog. She trolls AofA regularly. As do all the pro-vaccine-injury bloggers.
It’s sly. A thinly veiled call to arms against me. They’ve called me ugly. They’ve called me negligent. They’ve threatened to call child protective services on me. They’ve vaguely threatenedÂ violence. They’ve threatened my face. They’ve threatened to rape me with broken thermometers. They’ve posted my full name and my face… and worse…the pic is not just me; it’s me and Delaney, my infant daughter. They dragged my daughter into this. They’re attacking my baby. She’s 6 months old. And she’s being threatened.
I’m sickened and saddened and disturbed by this.
What kind of stand up organization does this? Kim Stagliano, managing editor of AoA,Â is out promoting her book… a “hilarious book” about raising children with autism. She’s painting herself as a loving and human mom… while having her FB fans threaten to sodomize me with broken glass and heavy metals and mocking my baby.
We’ve reported the photo. Lots of people have reported the photo. So far, FB has not taken it down. Perhaps it’s too vague to be considered a threat. (We’re not saying you should hurt her… but here’s what she looks like and here’s her baby and here’s why you should hate her… hate her in the way that satisfies you the most. We won’t judge.)
AoA has responded Â to several of the comments on the page (conversationally, not to condemn), but has not deleted any. Though, they did mention that they don’t wish autism on me and my children…. which, I guess is nice. Maybe they could also not wish thermometer murder rape on me? Or at least mention that it’s rude to shove broken glass and heavy metals into other people’s orifices unless it’s something that they specifically listed on their FetLife profile?
Fortunately, I have you people. You people are wonderful. Your love and support… your emails, Facebook messages, Twitter messages, comments at Orac’s blog and others… You people sure do know how to make a girl feel appreciated. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
A few people have asked if this changes anything for me. The answer is no. Not at all. In fact, while the story of AoA’s attack spreadÂ acrossÂ Facebook and Twitter, I was in a board meeting discussing the future of the Hug Me I’m Vaccinated project… the future as we’ve always seen it. I’m not about to be bullied out of saving lives.
Now I’m confident that we are the good guys. And we are fighting the bad guys.
And my children? They are beautiful and they are amazing. I hope one day they are proud to have me as a mother. I hope they understand that doing the right thing is not easy, that saving the world is hard work, that we don’t back down because the bad guys tried to hurt us, that I love them and that they inspire me. I will make the world a better place because of that. Because I can.
Also? Seriously? My profile pic is the greatest profile pic in the history of Facebook:
Since we’re talking about it anyway, you know you can buy Hug Me! I’m Vaccinated T-shirts now? You can. So you should… unless you’re an XL… then you can’t because we’re out. But we’ll get more.