WPLG Local 10 owes Star Wars Fans a formal apology
  • Petitioned WPLG Local 10 Miami, FL

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WPLG Local 10 Miami, FL

WPLG Local 10 owes Star Wars Fans a formal apology

    1. Tracie Biegler
    2. Petition by

      Tracie Biegler

      Crystal, MN

The photo slide show commentary was uncouth, hurtful and hateful.  These people attended a convention in the good faith that they were surrounded by those who were also fans and who supported each other's efforts in their enjoyment of a science fiction series.  The people in attendance who either knowingly or unknowingly allowed their photos to be taken which is something that convention attendees acknowledge and accept at the time a ticket for such an event is purchased.

However the statements made via this media outlet were done in a manner that has come off to the Star Wars fan base as a direct attack to a person or persons which has been recognized as bullying/cyber bullying. At the start of this petition WPLG was negligent in their attempts at removing the slideshow and properly addressing this issue. Initially the photoset was removed, but then added back to the site under a different url. Later it was again removed but WPLG via their Facebook page decided to bring up the subject asking their viewers and fans to state as to how they felt about this outcry.

A number of defendants to the Star Wars fanbase were banned from their page when they would make statements in defense of themselves and their peers. Removing a comment was not specific to those that included vulgarity or cursing. It came across to many who commented in defense of the fanbase that even if one was cordial, polite and professional standing up for ourselves was not acceptable by this media group.

We are requesting of WPLG a formal and sincere apology. We would also like to see a news segment done with a local 501st Garrison to discuss the charity work that they do through their fanbase and love of the Star Wars universe. There is a discussion to also ask WPLG to make a donation to a local children's hospital in the 501st' name.

 

"For those who do not know what is going on - this station, or should I say someone who is employed by this station posted 45 pictures from the Star Wars convention that was held in Orlando this past weekend. Attached to those pictures were very rude and insulting captions by the station. For example, there was a picture of a young lady dressed as Obi-wan Kenobi (A male Jedi knight in the films) and she was wearing a fake beard. The station captioned the photo that no one seemed to notice the number of hairy women at the convention. There were over 44 other pictures, all of them making fun of peoples sizes, gender and so on." -El Bradfield

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Cease fire has ended. They are still refusing to give a formal apology.

      Tracie Biegler
      Petition Organizer

      Excerpt rom Rob S's post to the Facebook page:
      It seemed that the station was willing to correct this wrong. It now seems they do not. Several additional emails have been sent with no reply. I am asking for everyone to be civil, no name calling or swearing. If anyone receives correspondence from the station, please point them to me and The 501st Legion PRO. Please do not use terms like they support (we do not know that for sure) but you can use terms like it seems like they are in favor of. When you email them please be respectful and Blind CC yourself with an alternate email address if you have one. they will probably block your email address, so you can reply all from your alternate email address and get two shoots in before you are blocked.

    3. Cease fire has been extended

      Tracie Biegler
      Petition Organizer

      The representative in discussions with WPLG is requesting the cease fire be extended to 1:00 pm EST. WPLG is removing all commentary of this from their website at this time. A number of fans feel that this is being swept under the rug and not being properly attended to.

    4. Reached 750 signatures

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    • Robert Skene WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a proud member of this community and think it is disgraceful that an agency with such public reach would act is such a way.

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    • A Rose Tracy CHESTER, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      I have been a fan of Sci-fi & fantasy since a small child. I started going to conventions, costuming and even learned special effects make-up because of this love for all things Science Fiction & Fantasy. Conventions are a place where we can share views, dress up, have fun and even just get away for a weekend from the weekly rat race. To have someone come and take our fun and make it public ridicule and then sensor those who defend themselves needs to be brought to task for bullying, because that is precisely what they are doing.

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    • Lorri King ANTIOCH, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      I have been a Star Wars fan since 1977 and have been subject to assorted attacks & bullying simple because I enjoyed a money.

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    • Michelle Fry ALEXANDRIA, KY
      • over 1 year ago

      This was horrible and disgusting. These people (myself included) were attending an event they love, not bothering anyone, and then they were picked on, on the internet in an age where this trash goes viral was something I would never have expected from a News organization. Then the next insult the apology was so lacking it was enough to make me sick! It takes a lot of courage to do what those Star Wars fans do, because of people like you and your warped way of thinking. I don't see you picking apart sports fans during that section of your program and I can bet that those people never EARN a DIME for charity.

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    • Margaret Katselis BELLEVUE, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      We are fans who use their passion to raise money and awareness for charity and do not deserve to be treated in a disrespectful manner.

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