Stop Dealing Digital Crack and Tell Balanced Stories
  • Petitioned Boycott VH1 (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Specifically)

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Boycott VH1 (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Specifically)

Stop Dealing Digital Crack and Tell Balanced Stories

    1. Erin Harper
    2. Petition by

      Erin Harper

      Atlanta, GA

UPDATE 6/27/2012: HUFFINGTON POST: READ PROTEST ORGANIZER'S RESPONSE TO ACCUSATIONS OF "HATE"

This is not about censorship.

This is not about silencing people who have important stories to tell.

However, it is about telling networks to stop airing stories that could be very helpful for people to hear in severely unbalanced and irresponsible ways.

VH1 would like to trick us into thinking that they are addressing critical social issues. However, for every one "positive" explicit message they send, there are multiple counteractive hidden messages, which actually perpetuate dating violence, low self-esteem, mental illness, sex-trafficking, wealth disparities, classism, misogyny, and so forth.

For example, let's look at the story of Momma Dee, the ex-pimp/ex-human trafficker on the show. In a city where sex trafficking is pervasive, we desperately need to hear Mama Dee's story. Yet, VH1 treats her story like it's no big deal. When sex trafficking is treated casually, like it's chewing a piece of gum, it perpetuates the problem! How? Well, as individuals and organizations work to prevent human trafficking, it is difficult to gain support for a  cause that is equivalent to gum chewing according to public opinion. Selling people for sex or labor is not a casual matter and we (networks included) cannot afford to miss a single chance to address the issue thoroughly!

Viewers need education, not further exploitation. And VH1 could "edutain" viewers in a way that would allow them to retain advertising dollars--but they must think outside of the box. Everyone can win.

Until then, turn this stuff off and tell VH1/Viacom why you're tired of the deception and won't be watching or supporting their advertisers (a few are listed below). 

Email: vh-1viewerservices@vh-1.com | Address: 1515 Broadway, New York, New York 10036, U.S.A. | Telephone: (212) 258-6000 | Fax: (212) 258-6464

ARE ADVERTISERS AWARE OF THE POWERFUL EXPLICIT AND IMPLICIT MESSAGES THAT THEY ARE SENDING DURING LOVE & HIP HOP? MAYBE WE SHOULD LET THEM KNOW! ADDITIONAL ADVERTISERS WILL BE ADDED SOON.  

Neutrogena 1-800-582-4048 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Neutrogena

Contact Form: www.neutrogena.com/ancillary/contactus.do 

Aveeno (Johnson & Johnson) 1-877-298-2525

Facebook: www.facebook.com/aveeno

Contact Form: www.aveeno.com/contactus

Listerine Whitening (Johnson & Johnson) 1-888-222-0182

Contact Form: www.listerine.com/contact-us 


Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. HUFFINGTON POST: PROTEST ORGANIZER'S RESPONSE TO ACCUSATIONS OF HATE

      Erin Harper
      Petition Organizer

      This message explains why our protest is not about "hate" at all.

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Deborah Askins LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am sick and tired of VH1 putting these trashy shows on the aire. It is very degrading for the African American community. We will continue to boycott shows like this and Basketball wives! Enough is enough!

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    • Cynthia Davis SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      What I see & hear are smart people trying to keep their bills paid during a tough economy. When I see the petition for Bad Girls Club, Mob Wives, Jerry Springer, all into multiple seasons, then I will enertain a petition, but thanks for sharing!

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    • Alissa Griffith REYNOLDSBURG, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      This show is trash.

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    • Akintunde Funso DALLAS, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Exploitation of black youth for corporate profitand greed

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    • Jimica Mack ATLANTA, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      Shows like Love and Hip Hop ATL is increasingly harming our children, particularly young black girls and the Black Community as a whole. Our children and community deserve better than to be exploited and displayed as violent, money hungry sex symbols. As a Black Woman, I'm honestly tired of being exploited by the media - I'm tired of this new age Sambo... because even though its not my face... it's my race and my womanhood.

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