Recently I connected with Jennifer Eposito via Twitter about her Celiac project. I posted all about it on my post here about Jennifer’s Way. She was kind and amazing and made me feel like I was doing something good for the community by being a blogger and an advocate. I was so stoked to finally have someone in the limelight that was doing something good for our cause. She basically rules. However, this weekend a crapstorm came up when she was let go from her job at Blue Bloods on CBS. CBS said, “Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule. As a result, she’s unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence.” But the back story is that she was put on a leave because of Celiac and all the shenanigans that are a part of a never-ending healing process. There’s lots of articles about it that chronicle it all if you haven’t caught up – like Entertainment Weekly and Hollywood.com. But to hear it from here, find her twitter here.
But after the weekend that I had, I think it’s time for me to blog about it.
Here’s what I posted about it on Gluten Dude’s post and it’s how I feel.
I think this is a huge fear for many of us – being discriminated against due to a disease we have little control over. This allows us to be ashamed of who we are. How pathetic that we have to hide how much pain we are in because of stuff like this! I’m terrified of losing jobs because I’m always at doctor appointments. What if they let me go or won’t promote me because I can’t eat at business lunches with clients at unsafe restaurants?!? It’s horrifying to see it happen to celebrities. But I think it’s a reflection of the world today. We can’t be taken seriously and it has this Celiac up in arms. I’m not a Nielson family, so my ratings don’t count, but I will be anti-CBS until this gets resolved!
I hate that we are not taken seriously. I often don’t feel safe when I eat out – but I grin and bear it and try not to scream and fly off the handle at anyone (like the restaurant I went to this weekend) that doesn’t understand me or doesn’t do it right because they think it’s just a fad. Every day I am faced with someone new who doesn’t know what Celiac is and I fight to get them to understand, but it is exhausting. And it’s exhausting outside of the actual disease – which is nasty and makes me want to sleep in all the time!
So, do something about it! Not only about this case – but about advocacy. NEVER LOSE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT CELIAC DISEASE! NEVER LOSE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT GLUTEN! I know it’s exhausting, but issues like this make me want to fight even harder for the cause.
This is just one opportunity to make our voices heard in the community. Gluten Dude posted a few ways on how we can make our voices heard with CBS – and I suggest you use this opportunity to tell CBS what you think! We finally have a celebrity doing GOOD for our cause, and now she’s being bullied by a major network. NOT COOL!
(Per Gluten Dude:) HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP THE CAUSE…
- Leave a comment below (on Gluten Dude’s blog post) and I’ll forward all comments to the good folks at CBS.
- If you are on Twitter, tweet your complaints to @BlueBloods_CBS
- If you are on Facebook, post your complaints at http://www.facebook.com/CBSBlueBloods.
- Tell them how you feel on the CBS website:http://www.cbs.com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.php
- Write CBS at 51 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019-6188
- Heck, pick up the phone, call them at 212-975-4321 and give CBS a verbal thrashing.
- Stop watching the show and stop supporting the show’s advertisers. Hit em where it hurts.
Let’s help Jennifer fight for her cause and fight for our cause along the way! You guys are great! Keep fighting the good fight!