Hey Facebook, GET MY FACE DOWN!
Monday I updated you with the latest and greatest in classy schemes brought to you by the very good people over at Age of Autism.
Long story short, AoA was sponsoring some BS anti-flu shot ads to run at AMC theaters over Thanksgiving weekend. You guys rocked the shit out of slacktivism and, within hours,Â AMC agreed to never run the ads.
And the world was good. Everyone ate turkey. I ran a bunch of 5Ks. We went to parties. We went to work. And life went on.
Sunday morning, AoA got vindictive and posted some not-so-nice stuff about me on their Facebok page. That was no surprise. The surprise came when my daughter, 6-month-old Delaney, was displayed for mockery and abuse. AoA says that it was “news” and their readers deserved to know who I was…but that they didn’t have 40 seconds to spend Googling my name to find a picture of me that didn’t include either of my children.
So I flagged the post for removal. And so did the rest of the Skepchicks. And so did a bunch of you.
But Facebook hasn’t removed it.
Since posting the photo, commenters have posted my full name and my workplace, and some have attempted to friend me on FB. (I can only speculate that this is an attempt to dig for more personal information.)
Brie Cadman of Change.org has written and article about the debacle and put together a petition to ask Facebook, again, to remove the photo of Delaney and me along with their charming displays of compassion and humanity.
Since you people are the Greatest Slacktivists EVER (GuinnessÂ isÂ certifyingÂ this right now!) I know you can take a few minutes to go over and sign this petition.
Little Delaney Bug deserves better than this; I mean really, everyone deserves better than this.
And, once you’ve finished signing the petition, you can head over to the new Facebook group, Friends of Elyse, which was put together by Skepchick reader James Fox, for people to show their support for me in light of this new smear campaign.
It’s a nice place on the internet where people can talk about how they love their kids so much they vaccinate them… or they hate germy kids and so they’re glad people vaccinate them… or they have mercury fetishes, so they get flu shots like crazy. Which is weird, because…. oh, I’m not going to get into it; just stop hogging all the vaccines. People need them to save lives and shit.
But first, sign the petition.
Lastly, thank you everyone for your amazing outpouring of support and encouragement. You guys make saving the world so worth it.
***Update: The post, my picture and all the disgusting comments have been removed from Age of Autism’s Facebook page. Thank you everyone for your help! ***