Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Jack and Lily's Giveaway Wednesday

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means....


Jack and Lily's Giveaway Wednesday!!!

And this week we're drawing two winners from the comment section...

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Jack and Lily are giving away two of these exclusive Lilybird hair clippies to two lucky commenters.....

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I'll tell you how you can enter in a moment, but first I wanted to talk about something that you may have already read about this week...

I'm going to go out on a limb here. And I bet I'm going to come off as sounding verrrry old fashioned to some people in about 2 seconds.
That's okay. I'll say it anyway.
I hate Hollywood.
I haven't had a tv in my home for 24 years. I don't go to movies. I couldn't even tell you who ten current actors or actresses are if you paid me a hundred bucks.
Gasp.
I have strong feelings about what is being pumped into the minds and hearts of our youth by Hollywood...maybe because as a mother of ten I feel like we're constantly having to teach our kids to swim against the stream of pollution that is being pumped out daily by the producers of sitcoms and movies and magazines on a regular basis.
And it isn't because I want to raise kids who are "holier-than-thou" or because there's a rule book in my church that dictates what we can and can't watch or listen to.
It's because I have convictions about what we allow into our home or where we go or what we do as a family, and those come from my heart and my desire to teach my kids to love God with all their heart and mind and soul and strength. And I know that might not make my blog the most popular one on the block, and I know there are some who might read those words and decide we're a little too uptight, but you know what? That's okay. I'm not living for who is following me, I'm living my life to follow Jesus. Pure and simple.
Soooo, with that little confession out of the way, I have to say that I am disgusted by what I read this week about a movie called The Change Up.
I have no idea what this movie is about or who the actors are who star in it, but I have seen a huge buzz in blogland about it, and I've received several emails about an offensive scene in it.
Apparently, in the beginning of the movie, Ryan Reynolds, who plays a bachelor who has never settled down, visits his long-time friend Jason Bateman; he sees his twin babies in their high chairs and says, “Why aren’t they talking – what are they, retarded?”
As if this wasn't offensive enough, he goes on to say, “And this one, he looks Downsy.”
Am I shocked? Nope. Hollyweird stopped shocking me long ago, which is why for the most part we as a family have boycotted it altogether.
So I am not surprised by this slur against my daughter and all others who possess her extra chromosome, but I am disgusted. Utterly and completely offended that the producers and writers and actors in this movie would take such a swipe at individuals who cannot stand up for themselves and speak out against this discriminatory language.
I personally don't have to do much to boycott this movie...I wasn't going anyway.
But there are some very organized and focused efforts going on HERE to send a message to Universal Studios that this type of discriminatory language is completely unnacceptable.

So here's the deal...

Just leave a comment saying you went to my friend Gretchen's blog, and that you're joining her efforts to Stop Disability Slurs, and you'll be entered to win one of Lily's fabulous Lilybird clippies.



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It's that simple. Because people with disabilities deserve respect, and I'm not going to sit back and take it when someone talks smack about my daughter.
Did I just say that on my blog?
I did.
Okay, so maybe I had to ask my teenager if I phrased that right because originally I wrote, "says smack"...but anywho...Shut up, Hollyweird. So there.

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Winner drawn at midnight...
Happy Wednesday!!

32 comments:

my family said...

you dont have to tell me to go to her blog I told her Iwas on board yesterday. Hollywood and so much more sickens me!
Precious Lily and J picts too.

Andyou can you "smack" any way you want if you are defending Miss Lily:)

Sandryte said...

I join you and Gretchen! I hate this social detach for people with disabilities and media gladly puts a show for "healthy" people out of it.

Elissa said...

Already went to Gretchen's blog and have written some emails, shared on FB, etc. It really infuriates me, but sadly dies not surprise me.

nicole said...

Glad to hear someone else has no idea who those people are on the cover of tabloids at the grocery store. We are cautious around here too and try to protect our kids' innocence.

Went to Gretchen's blog and liked the fb page.

TIffany said...

I'm not into movies and such, had heard nothing about this one, but it is sad non-the-less! ~Tiffany~

Heidi Ehle said...

Of course, I have already been there. :) I stand firm in my conviction that Liddy, Lily and the hundreds of other beautiful children (and adults) who happen to have something a little extra do not deserve to be the butt of some twisted person's jokes. And for sure, I won't be paying any of my hard earned money to watch them do it. Pretty sure none of my family or friends will either. That's what love does......
Hugs and kisses to you, Lily and the rest of your gorgeous family!

Ginger said...

The slurs are offensive, but not just against people with disabilities. It's offensive period. You just don't say such horrible things. Regardless.
I don't see Hollywood movies either, so it's no problem to boycott it.

Rebecca said...

I went to Gretchen's blog and liked several of the Facebook pages that she lists. I actually saw this a few days ago on FB...several of the January 2010 BBC Moms who are friends were posting about this....it's simply disgusting.

Much love to you and sweet Lily <3

Rhonda said...

Patti! I love your blog and agree with you 100% and oh, how I would love to squeeze your sweet, sweet Lily......her eyes simply dance in each and every picture. She is exactly who God created her to be......perfect. ((((hugs))) to you and keep up the fantastic work.

NikkiB said...

Hey girl...you know I'm on "auto-boycott" already as well! ;) ;) Jack & Lily are such cuties! :)

Lori said...

Went to Gretchen's blog - but not a facebooker or twitterer - but I am on board about hating the slurs and Hollyweird with a passion. We have our Lilybird barret and it is the only one Elli will leave in - we love it!!!

Jenn said...

I had not heard of this movie until I read it on your blog. Went to Gretchens blog, likes the fb page & tweeted. Olga's not here yet but I will stand up for her just like I do my other 3 daughters!

Erin B said...

I did check out Gretchen's blog and liked her FB page and posted it on my FB page. This has got to stop. Discrimination is NEVER funny!

Griz said...

Thanks for the post. While I wasn't planning to see this movie, I certainly won't now.

Patti- if you don't mind my asking, what sort of media do you use with your kids? I would love to be able to use something other than TV, DVD's, etc. w/ my son. We let him watch Veggietales, and he seems to like the songs and bright colors. We have also started using the Signing Time DVD's. He is 9-months old and doesn't have any disabilities. My wife & I are considering adoption of a child w/ DS and would to know what sort of things you use.

The Kirkland's said...

Just joined the Boycott in FB and shared it on my FB wall! We also have strong feelings about media. When the TV signal went digital, we made the decision for our family that we would not get TV any more and have not watched TV since. It's been the best thing for our family, we spend more time together actually doing something as a family and not vegging out. We do have a TV because we do watch movies occasionally, but we are very strict on what we allow our kids to watch, there is a great movie review source for Families called pluggedin.com it is from Focus on the family. We always check their review before we let our kids watch a movie! Thanks for sharing this! I hope more people are as outraged about this, and take a stand against it!

Kelly said...

Hi Patti!
I just found a comment you left on my blog 5 months ago and it made me smile! (Now I have email notification of comments so I won't miss other comments)
I followed in Gretchen's FB campaign.

Kaleigh said...

Mrs. Rice I always love checking your blog to see what's new the pictures of Lily are gorgeous and the letters are always SOOOO fun to read! I just had to comment today though and tell you how much I LOVE your sentiments on Hollywood, etc. My family feels the same way. :)
Thank you for writing!
(Oh and I am Kaleigh from Defending the Fatherless with Ashley and Kenzie- just so you know who I am :) )

My Little Wonders said...

I was disgusted by what was said in that movie. Dh and I had talked about wanting to see it (when it came on Netflix) but once I learned about what Ryan Reynolds' character said, we decided it was not the movie for us. I have also visited Gretchen's blog and liked her group on FB. My hope is through blogs, FB and other social media, eventually enough people will stand up and say, "No more" so this is never again an issue.

PS: As usual, your pictures are adorable!

chambanachik said...

Definitely won't be watching this movie. That makes me sick.

I commented at Gretchen's blog as well.

Sarai said...

I'm following on fb. We will not be spending any money on this movie.
Have a beautiful Wednesday!!

Leah said...

It's nice to see this bandwagon get bigger. I posted about it (a little indirectly) today too and then saw all the other great posts. It's a good venue to get this perspective out! We're on board!

gretchen said...

Hi Patti! Thanks so much for your support. Together we stand.



- Gretchen
Founder, Stop Disability Slurs

www.facebook.com/stopdisabilityslurs

Alyssasblessings said...

I already joined Gretchen as soon as I heard it on BCC. It is really sad that people still dont learn that slurs are not funny. I am saddened as movies which are supposed to be funny can be teaching our younger adults is ok to make fun of others. I will not see this movie..not rental, not in TV. Something's gotta be done and hopefully together we will be heard. It is always great to see Lily !! She is a cutie!

Anna Theurer said...

Hi Patti! Thank you so much. I was one of those emailers :-)

As co-founder of Stop Disability Slurs, I am thrilled to read your post. (and to see little Lily and Jack!) http://www.facebook.com/stopdisablityslurs

Bethany said...

Hey Patti! Checking out the blog. I don't comment on my FB, but I will definitely stand behind "Stop Disability Slurs"!

Oh and completely off topic! I'm soooo excited that my sis and your daughter are going to be roommates! When I moved to Tempe and having roommates was one of the most memorable things I did! I've already told her to behave! :)

Rick and Michelle said...

Hi Patti. I don't know if it's something about the way your security settings are or if it's something on my end, but EVERYTIME I try to click on any link, regardless of whether it's in your post or in someone's comment, etc I get a little white box that pops up & it reads 'copyright 2011 babynumber10.blogspot.com All Rights Reserved', but it still won't let me open that link in a new window. All I can do is open another tab next to yours & hover on the link, look down at the bottom of my screen, and manually copy the web address into the other tab's search bar, going back & forth between your tab & the link's tab. Can you walk me through what I'm doing wrong? I will post a link to you blog here on my FB so friends can still see what you wrote. I hope that counts for half a point anyway! lol Hugs to Lily & her sibs too!

Changing said...

Came across this blog post through another friend.I visited your friends blog,liked and posted on my facebook page as well.I haven't even heard of this movie myself.I,like you,do not watch or keep up with all the hollywood movies,actors etc...Hope we can get something done and spread this out to others quickly.

cathy said...

I am so disgusted by the comments in that movie----I have not seen it, Patti, but I take such personal offense....Call me naive, but I just don't "get"it. I do not understand why ANYONE would delight in causing pain

xoxo
cathy

The Hollis Family said...

Your Lily is PERFECT and I am so glad to have found your blog! I have supported Gretchen's efforts and have been writing letters, emailing and encouraging others to do the same. As the mom of 4 young kids, 2 with Down Syndrome, I know how terrible these words can be. In April my family was the victim of a terrible hate crime. We woke to find someone had spray painted our home and car with things like "get outta town retards" and "retards dead". Our home had to be partially resided, the garage repainted the cars repaired. When Hollywood now encourages the use of "downsy" as a punchline and thinks "retarded" is okay to say jokingly I am tempted to mail them the costs we incurred for the damage to our property. If they are making money on these terms and jokes, surely they can pay for it, right!?!?!?! Adding your blog to my favorites! I look forward to most posts!

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

I'm on the team you know it! I blogged about it and even got my smal local theater to NOT play it in our town! It's al for our kids, our job to stand up and advocate for their rights :)

mrsodie2 said...

The problem with criticizing and condemning somehing you haven't seen is that words are taken out of context and divorced from their intentions. Ryan Ryan Reynolds' character in this film is dispicable and ignorant and this line is meant to make him unsympathetic and hateful. The filmmakers are not promoting this kind of slur, they are ridiculing the kind of people who make it. I think it's great that you wantto educate and spread compassion, but I think your disgust is misplaced here.

Patti said...

MrsOdie: That's one way to look at it, but I bet it got laughs in the theater regardless of the filmmakers' intent. I also think (and I bet you have experienced this as a school teacher) that our youth have been dumbed down by Hollywood, etc. so much so, that the deeper "intention" of the filmmakers was lost on them. I think it's sad - and yes disgusting- that writers would use our children to demonstrate how despicable and hateful a character is :(