Sponsors of the Michael Vick Reality Show some are "getting it" other are slow to come around keep sending in your letters
Body: Sponsors of the Michael Vick Reality Show some are "getting it" other are slow to come around keep sending in your letters
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SPEAK WITH YOUR DOLLARS ONE THING CORPORATE SPONSORS UNDERSTAND IS DECLINING REVENUES!!!!!!
Please e-mail the sponsors of the Michael Vick Reality Show and express your opposition to their financial support of the program. As a result of their advertising, Vick is profiting from a lucrative reality television contract. This show is beyond the pale of depravity and must be canceled. Please also stop buying these companies' products and tell your friends and family to do the same until they withdraw their support.
PLEASE DO NOT SEE THE FOLLOWING MOVIES WHO ADVERTISED DURING THE SHOW:
From Paris with Love
CHEVY HAS EXPRESSED THEIR SUPPORT FOR MICHAEL VICK'S SHOW. PLEASE CONTINUE TO E-MAIL THEM UNTIL THEY GET THE MESSAGE.
SPRINT HAS EXPRESSED THEIR SUPPORT FOR MICHAEL VICK'S SHOW. PLEASE CONTINUE TO E-MAIL THEM UNTIL THEY GET THE MESSAGE.
Broadview Security (formerly Brinks Security)
Please also contact BET and tell them what you think of the show:
2/4/10 Update: Nivea ended their commercial sponsorship of the show after being inundated with customer e-mails complaining about their support of the program.
2/5/10 Update: Pizza Hut issued a press release informing the public that they asked BET to end their commercial support of the show.
2/5/10 Update: Denny's Restaurant contacted BET and ended their support after receiving e-mails from concerned customers expressing their opposition to the show.
2/6/10 Update: L'Oreal issued a press release that they have terminated their support of the Michael Vick "Reality" Show and apologized for offending L'Oreal customers.
2/8/10 Update: Nationwide Insurance issued a press release announcing that they asked BET to pull their ads from the Michael Vick Reality Show and that they do not support the program and do not wish to have any association with it. They stated the huge volume of calls from customers prompted them to change their position. Initially, they stated they were not in the business of judging shows that aired their commercials.
2/9/10 Update: I spoke with a representative from Customer Relations at Dave and Busters today. She told me that they contacted BET and insisted that they pull their ads from the show. She stated they have been receiving calls all week and got the message.
2/10/10 Update: Walden University, Ballys, Applebees, and TurboTax all ended their sponsorship with the Vick show today citing that it is inconsistent with their values after receiving countless e-mails and phone calls from irate customers.
2/11/10 Update: Maybelline and 5-Hour Energy pulled their ads from the Vick show.
2/12/10: Progressive and Avon contacted BET and told them not to play their ads during the Vick show.
(I will DVR the next episode and FF to the commercials to confirm these
advertisers' commitments and identify any new advertisers who may have
filled their shoes.)
If Vick hadn't killed dogs, he would never have this show. He's making money
off his killing spree. He recently said the reason for the show is to clear
his family name. He also said that he will not speak about dog fighting
anymore after the show. When Vick said he was going to dedicate his life to
speaking out against dog fighting, apparently he meant he would do it twice
per month for a year until people forgot about it and it was safe for him to
be rich and famous again and profit from his crimes. He did a masterful job
of using the HSUS to help him re-enter society. He was never sincere. He
still thinks he's a victim as evidenced by his arrogant and callous remarks
after being nominated for the Ed Block Courage Award:
"I've overcome a lot, more than probably one single individual can handle or
bear," Vick said. "You ask certain people to walk through my shoes, they
probably couldn't do. Probably 95 percent of the people in this world
because nobody had to endure what I've been through, situations I've been
Some people argue "everyone deserves a second chance...it's time to move on"
and "everyone makes mistakes". Vick did not make a mistake; it was a
conscious and calculated decision that he knew was wrong. He is diabolical,
transparent, and evil. There is no cure for evil. He doesn't deserve a
second chance for his heinous and unspeakable crimes against animals. Those
of us who speak for animals will not "move on" as Vick is emblematic of a
larger problem in a society that shows disregard for the welfare of animals
and believes lenient sentences and fines equate to justice. They do not.
If people want to idolize this sadistic killer, cheer for him from the
stands and wear his jersey, they can do it. We draw the line with a reality
show that allows him to profit from his felonies. Let us send a clear
message -- if you brutalize helpless animals, you will not be accepted back
into society and return to fame and wealth without opposition. Our silence
allows the opposite message to be sent. Complacency breeds acceptance.
Acceptance leads to continued violence against animals. We do not have to
accept things as they are and we will not.
Please help us send a message to the shameless sponsors of this show that we
will boycott their products until they end their support of the program.
On behalf of the dogs Michael Vick fought, kicked, shot, hung, electrocuted,
drowned, and tortured.
I wrote many of the sponsors and BET these are the responses I have received.
Hershey Company Responds to my letter:
Thank you for taking the time to contact us about our advertising policy and
practices for television programming.
The Hershey Company has a long-standing policy of placing its advertising in
programming of high quality. We monitor programs closely and our agencies are
aware of Hershey's strict programming guidelines. Those guidelines would
include not supporting programs that feature or incite excessive violence and
antisocial behavior. If a change in format causes one of the previously
acceptable shows to become unacceptable, we contact our agency immediately. In
fact, this policy has not changed since Hershey's advertising program was first
launched in 1968.
The Hershey Company believes the public is the ultimate judge of our advertising
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