I don't know anything about how to go about getting people to participate in a boycott of advertisers. However, I think it would be a great idea to boycott ESPY advertisers considering the extreme disrespect Disney / ESPN has shown to real heroes by using the Arthur Ashe courage award for a publicity stunt.
As I suggested in a previous post I started suspecting that Disney
arranged for the actor formerly known as Bruce Jenner to get the
award after I discovered that Disney had premiered its own
reality show about a man becoming a woman called "Becoming
Us" at the same time as the Vanity Fair article about Jenner
becoming a female impersonator and the courage award
[News stories have misrepresented Jenner's plans. Jenner
doesn't want to have sex with men so he isn't homosexual. He
doesn't want a sex change operation so he isn't a transsexual.
He simply wants to pretend to be a woman. An entertainer
who appears as a female is called a female impersonator. A
non-entertainer who does that is called a transvestite.]
There is an old saying in the field of counter terrorism that can
apply to other areas of human behavior. "Once is an
accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is enemy
It is unlikely that those three events occurred at the same time by
coincidence. The fact that Disney was in direct control of two
events and could have influenced the third indicates that Disney
arranged for the Vanity Fair article and the award announcement to
coincide with the series premier.
My understanding of the way programs are scheduled is that schedules
are usually set months in advance because of the time needed to
write, cast and perform the program. Disney likely
told ESPN someone at Disney would select the winner of the
Arthur Ashe award so the people at ESPN wouldn't announce
giving the award to a legitimate candidate. Disney
probably didn't tell the people at ESPN the name of Disney's
selection at first to avoid the name becoming public before Disney
was ready. The claim by people at ESPN that they weren't
considering anyone else for the award essentially proves my case.
I've had trouble thinking of expressions bad enough to describe the
actor formerly known as Bruce Jenner and the people at Disney and
ESPN. I've forgotten a lot of the "military language" that
might work, but it wouldn't do any good to remember them because the
text editor would delete them. There are some
western terms that might be appropriate like "skunk" and
"sidewinder" [ a type of snake that moves sideways]. I've
decided to borrow an expression from Jed Clampett on the "Beverly
Hillbillies" -- Jenner and company are "lower than a snake's
belly in a wagon rut." Walter Brennan's character "The
Colonel" in "Meet John Doe" used the term "heelot"
meaning a "lot of heels" - people who try to get your money.
Jenner and the heelots at ESPN / Disney seem to believe that the
rich should not only have all the money, but all the
honors. Those who believe that someone as wealthy as
Jenner should receive a "courage" award for taking money to live out
a long time dream must have warped minds.
Giving such an award to Jenner at the present time is particularly
inappropriate considering the people whose dreams were recently
taken from them by an evil madman in Charleston, S.C..
Lauren Hill was a young woman who played college basketball until a
fatal form of cancer cut her life short. When she found out
she wouldn't be able to realize her dreams, she dedicate her
remaining days raising money so that the disease that stole her
dreams wouldn't steal the dreams of any other young people.
Sgt. Noah Galloway volunteered to risk his life protecting us
through military service. An explosive device in Iraq that
took his arm and leg forced him to change his dreams.
This isn't the first time Disney has stomped on someone's
dream. If I were Walt Disney, I'd try to come back from
the grave and haunt the sidewinding heelots who run the company.
Many of your daughters know a lot more about a group called
the Cheetah girls than I do. I have read about the courageous
creator of the book that the group is based on. She is far more
deserving of a courage award than Jenner. Deborah Gregory was
raised in foster care from the age of 3 and aged out of the system
at 18 -- that is no one adopted her. The young black
woman didn't let that background hold her back.
She began designing clothes and worked as a runway model before
becoming a writer. She thought she had it made when Disney
offered to buy the Cheetah girls and offered her a share of the
profits. She didn't know Disney would claim the people in
charge of the project were apparently so incompetent that the
project wouldn't make a profit
-- or at least so Disney claimed. Disney's claim would
be enough to discourage me from investing in the
company. If Disney lied about the project's
profitability that would be an even bigger reason to not buy Disney
Last fall Disney stabbed many of its employees in the back by
replacing them with immigrants. "[A]bout 250 Disney employees were
told in late October that they would be laid off. Many of
their jobs were transferred to immigrants
on temporary visas for highly skilled technical workers, who
were brought in by an outsourcing firm based in India. Over the next
three months, some Disney employees were required to train their
replacements to do the jobs they had lost." Disney's action
demonstrates that the biggest threat to well paying jobs is legal
immigrants rather than illegal ones.
A company that would treat the creator of a major revenue source
like Cheetah Girls the way Disney did and turn the jobs of its
employees over to immigrants wouldn't hesitate to abuse a courage
award named after a courageous black athlete as part of a publicity
stunt. I hope someone knows an organization that could
organize a boycott of ESPY advertisers.