Many posts and facebook statuses have been devoted to the topic, and our community has once again rallied together and made their collective voices heard.
This afternooon I reached to Ricki Lake's Publicist and left a DETAILED message regarding said slip of the tongue and how it affected our community.
I received a call 15 minutes later from Ricki's Publicist, and he was more than willing to hear me out as I said how a simple slip up like Ricki's not only hurts our feelings, but perpetuates diabetes myths and stereotypes in the media!
And i mentioned that people with diabetes and their families struggle with people perceptions of our disease (both type 1 and type 2) every, single day and that the media RARELY gets it right.
Her publicist told me that he'd been talking with parents of children with diabetes since 8 a.m. this morning! (Sidebar: YOU GUYS ROCK) and how he understood their concerns and was doing his best to make it right!
And you know what folks? I'm going to give credit where credit is due here.
Because unlike the callousness and bullshit of both Hallie Berry & The Onion PR Reps, Ricki's publicist not only apologized on behalf of Ricki and himself, he put his money where his mouth is as soon as he started hearing from you guys!
Because of YOUR efforts, Team Ricki Lake is taking their apology a step further by turning a negative step into a positive direction, publically!
Ricki will be appearing on the Joy Behar Show tonight and will apologize at the beginning of the show. And tomorrow, GMA will be issuing another formal statement of apology along the same lines.
Personally, I'll be tuning in tonight because I believe that people make mistakes, diabetes and otherwise. And if people can admit those mistakes on television and shine a BIG SPOT LIGHT on our diabetes cause, I'll give them a second chance. And if they don't.....
Ricki, just don't prove me wrong!