NBC and CBS - Stop allowing jokes about people with Hepatitis C
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NBC and CBS - Stop allowing jokes about people with Hepatitis C

    1. Jenny Goslin
    2. Petition by

      Jenny Goslin

      hillsboro, OR

My mom had Hepatitis C for a couple of decades. She had no idea how she got it and found out about it when donating her blood. She tried different treatments to cure it in the 1990's but they did not work. In December of 2010, my mom found out she had liver cancer. The doctors told us that there was no hope for her and she died, at home, March 9, 2011. She was 58 years old.
My mom was a wonderful woman who showed love to all who came into her life. The truth is that many people in America are walking around with Hepatitis C without knowing it. More and more people are going to find out, most likely when their symptoms have progressed to a dangerous point. This is a silent epidemic in our nation that has not gotten the coverage that is needed. No matter how someone contracted Hepatitis C, they do not need our judgement or our jokes. They need education, treatment and support. Our family was not aware of the signs of liver cancer, nor was my mother getting checked for it on a routine basis. It was too late for her. Also, researchers continually get closer to finding a cure and better treatments for Hepatitis C.
I want Hepatitis C to get the respect that AIDS has gained in our community. It is not funny- our loved ones are dying! The two jokes I am referring to were on the shows "Up All Night" on NBC and "2 Broke Girls" on CBS. I want CBS and NBC to no longer allow these jokes in their sitcoms and to be at the forefront of raising awareness of Hepatitis C and encouraging everyone to get tested. Thank you!

Update: Saturday, March 2, NBC allowed SNL to use Hepatitis C as a punchline.

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. 101 Signatures!

      Jenny Goslin
      Petition Organizer

      Wow! I encourage everyone to read the reasons people have for signing this petition. Your stories have all touched my heart. I feel strength from your support. I have had a hard time with NBC's email. The last two I have used seem to not work. I'm hoping the one I am using now- nbcuniversalviewerfeedback@nbcuni.com, finally works. I want everyone who has Hep C to know that you are not alone- that people care- that you deserve respect and support. I hope that our country becomes educated about this disease.

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. 43 Signatures!

      Jenny Goslin
      Petition Organizer

      I was watching Saturday Night Live on NBC last night and once again Hepatitis C was used as a punchline. It is so frustrating! Please encourage more people to sign. NBC and CBS get an email for each person who does. Thanks!

    5. 26 signatures!

      Jenny Goslin
      Petition Organizer

      Just wanted to thank everyone who signed the petition. It is nice to know that I am not the only one to feel this way. I wish more people would sign but I feel it is a reflection of the lack of education that the American public has about Hepatitis C. I encourage everyone to share with baby boomer friends and family the need to get tested. The media has done a great job spreading the news that Hep C is killing more people than AIDS. What they are not making clear is that many people are unaware and that those who are infected may not know how it happened(ie. they never used needles). I really do appreciate each one of you taking the time to sign. Take care!

    6. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Cynthia Schwartz RICHMOND, VA
      • 8 months ago

      I also have hepC I stopped drinking!

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    • Lauren McKinney WESTCHESTER, IL
      • 9 months ago

      I have a great friend who's been dealing with Hepatitis C for 30 years. She contracted it during a blood transfusion while in labor.

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    • Margaret Nicholas GASSAWAY, WV
      • 9 months ago

      I have this chronic disease. Need a cure.

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    • Mindy ONeill LOUISVILLE, KY
      • 9 months ago

      Because Hepatitis C kills more people then AIDS have! No joke here!

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    • orlando cleto CORDELL, OK
      • 12 months ago

      have hep c myself

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