“When our idea of danger is eating gluten, there’s trouble afoot. Yes, we the people have gotten soft.”
After reading what Jennifer Lawrence had to say about gluten back in October, that it’s the cool new eating disorder, I had hoped no one else would start spouting off about a subject they know virtually nothing about. Unfortunately, as my title says, ignorance abounds.
It would seem that NASCAR is the new bully on the block. A bully? Oh yeah. Bullies make fun of people. Bullies try to humiliate people. Bullies try to draw attention to things that make their victims different. And intentional or not, that’s what ads like this, and flippant comments by people like Ms. Lawrence do every time they belittle very real health issues like this.
Since so many others are writing blogs about this today, I encourage you to stop by the GlutenDude website. He has a list of facts about the damage gluten does to those who can’t (or shouldn’t) have gluten.
For those of you who aren’t aware, I’ve already shared that gluten can increase the risk of intestinal cancers, alopecia, neurological disorders, and thyroid problems and, for people like me, asthma-like symptoms.
It’s not a joke. If health issues are so amusing, why didn’t NASCAR target those with allergies to peanuts or bee stings?
GlutenDude, along with other bloggers, encourage readers to sign a petition to get NBC to remove the offensive ad. I won’t do that. They require your name and address, and I just can’t promote putting personal information like that online. Especially when it comes to petitions. Who knows if that information can be used for other petitions you might not support?
But I do encourage you to click on the YouTube link in the bottom right corner of the video. It will take you directly to the ad on the NASCAR YouTube page where you can give the video a thumbs down and leave a comment letting them know how you feel about them making fun of people who can’t consume gluten.
Let’s not laugh along with the rest of the world. Let’s speak up and let them know this isn’t okay. Because until the world realizes this is a serious health issue, we’ll always be fighting an uphill battle.