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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 


Letter to
Boycott VH1 (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Specifically)
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Boycott VH1 (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Specifically).

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Stop Dealing Crack and Tell True Stories

After we made a ruckus about Basketball Wives, sponsors began to pull ads. Well, it's that time again, folks!

While we should respect the perceptions and experiences of the men and women featured on "reality" television shows, networks are airing stories that could be very helpful for people to hear, but in EXTREMELY dangerous ways.

We all know premium digital crack rock is 'slanged' in more digital hoods than VH1. We also know the problem is not just TV--it's is a big, mean, social monster that we've gotta shoot down one non-violent bullet at a time. Nevertheless, somebody's gotta be the face of this lovely movement. And since VH1 has chosen to give us yet another beautifully-blinged jewel of commercial exploitation (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta), they might as well be the face of change. By the way, shout out to all African Americans who received Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta as their Juneteenth gift! You won and lost at the same time!

As we work toward national- and local-level change, let's tell VH1 and their sponsors (again) why people from a broad range of backgrounds will NOT stand for the exploitation of the lived experiences of people who may not even know they're being exploited. This isn't a "Black or White" thing, this is a HUMAN thing...and we should all understand.

P.S. That "turn of the TV/your kids' TV if you don't want to watch" argument doesn't work here, VH1. A good number of the kids who are most at risk don't have the luxury of living with parents who can just "turn off the TV". Why? Because their parents are out working multiple jobs (thanks to this lovely thing called poverty), both parents are dead or in jail, or they're raised by ill grandparents, relatives who aren't that interested in their future, or foster parents who abuse them and only foster to collect a check.

Call or write Viacom/VH1 and tell them why you'll no longer stand for this!
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

A list of current sponsors coming soon.







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Sincerely,