I am married to a man with opinions; one for every occasion, in fact. For Hootie, opinions open up opportunities for debate (a.k.a. his sport of choice). I don’t agree with some of what he thinks, and sometimes I want to beat my head against the wall for his seemingly insatiable desire to get into it on any and everything. But, an experience I had on Facebook this week has made me think about Hootie and his opinions differently.
On Monday, an organization I think is awesome launched one of its weekly campaigns to raise awareness and money for a cause. They sell cool t-shirts and donate seven dollars for each one sold to a charity featured in the campaign. What’s not to love? I’ve bought a couple of shirts in the past year or two, share Sevenly’s content regularly and have used the organization to illustrate to my clients what good communication can look like (the particular example I have used is no longer on the site, so I can’t link to it).
This week’s Sevenly campaign is in support of autism. I shared this image on Facebook on Monday to show my support (Sevenly creates amazing visuals and I loved the message on the photo). My cousin, Cory, is autistic and an inspiration; he lives life to the fullest in his own amazing way and has achieved incredible things.
But, on Tuesday, when I saw Sevenly’s “BREAKING NEWS!” announcement, with a photo of Jenny McCarthy in her Sevenly tee, I gagged a little.
Oh dear. Jenny McCarthy’s involved and the autism-related charity that’s being promoted is Generation Rescue (Ms. McCarthy is on the board).
The purpose of this blog isn’t to debate the work of Generation Rescue or Ms. McCarthy (though Emily Willingham’s article sums things up nicely); it’s to share what happened when I chose to express myself on Sevenly’s Facebook page. […]