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Why I Won't Wear A Pink Shirt In Support of Anti-Bullying Measures – By Deidre Hall

I believe that television shows are not a forum for expressing personal religious, social or political views. However, I have not objected when fellow performers have worn Pink Shirt to express their support for Anti-Bullying Measures; that’s their choice. My choice is NOT to wear a Pink Shirt.

Soap Opera Digest readers should know wearing a Pink Shirt is no longer entirely voluntary. Those who began by offering Pink Shirts to performers now resort to extreme tactics in pursuit of their express goal of 100 percent conformity. When performers arrive at a television program, individuals who attempt give Pink Shirts to them accost them. A performer who declines may be accosted at the pre-show reception, again while waiting backstage and again at the press conference after the show.

Offering these Pink Shirts to celebrities was, in my view, a benign and pro-social act. On the other hand, aggressively badgering performers to compel the wearing of Pink Shirts is no only demeaning to bullying victims and to the desperate need for the bullying to stop, but an offense against personal freedom.

By attempting to force 100 percent conformity, these activists are now attempting to make the Pink Shirt a visible litmus test for separating those individuals who empathize with bullying victims and support of anti-bullying programs for those who do not. This is a misguided and dangerous notion.

First, it misguidedly politicizes human tragedy. These Pink Shirts provide a means by which public figures can appear to make a ‘politically correct’ statement in favor of a cause they do not support.

Second, any attempt to force conformity to a single social agenda attacks the freedom of expression. The extreme activities that resort to harassment to compel actors and actresses to wear these Pink Shirts are practicing a ‘90s brand of McCarthyism – and their behavior is deplorable. Our community was devastated by political extremists in the 1950s and again became a target during the last presidential campaign. It surpasses belief that men and women in the entertainment field would resort to shameful practices that the enemies of artistic freedom have used against us.

Sadly, it falls to some of us who ardently support bullying victims and bullying programs to resist these tactics by personal example. Believe me, the easy way out would be to wear the Pink Shirt keep silent. But I won’t, because I don’t want these appalling tactics to succeed.

by Anonymousreply 1904/08/2015

anyone wear their pink shirt yesterday?

by Anonymousreply 102/28/2013





Maggie Horton Kiriakis




Kristin Blake DiMera

by Anonymousreply 202/28/2013

This old meme again?

by Anonymousreply 302/28/2013

I sense a glitch in the matrix.

by Anonymousreply 402/28/2013

R2 I love the Maggie Troll will you marry me?

Eileen is the real star though.The best drag queen in the history of soaps. Oh and Kristian Alfonso is staring to look like one too.

by Anonymousreply 503/22/2013

R5 um excuse me!

by Anonymousreply 603/22/2013

Today is pink shirt day

by Anonymousreply 702/26/2014

This stopped being funny about fifteen iterations ago.

by Anonymousreply 802/26/2014

R8 if someone handed you a pink shirt and said you had to wear it today you would say...?

by Anonymousreply 902/26/2014

Thought that pink was for breast cancer awareness. Did I miss the memo that declared it for anti-bullying?

by Anonymousreply 1002/26/2014

Everyone knows that Eileen was born with a dick.

by Anonymousreply 1102/26/2014

R8 I agree.

by Anonymousreply 1202/26/2014

The Eileen Davidson meme from last year.

by Anonymousreply 1302/26/2014

Today is the day!

by Anonymousreply 1402/25/2015

Why does Deidre ALWAYS get so upset about these "raising awareness" things? Every time some one tries to do something GOOD to raise awareness, she has to write an article in Soap Opera Digest about how she WON'T PARTICIPATE.

Also, why must she capitalize "Pink Shirt" in every instance? It's so bizarre!

by Anonymousreply 1502/25/2015

I still have the issue where the original piece ran. Somewhere in the basement.

While I've always gotten a pro-gay vibe from Dee Dee, I also think she became very "grand" after her 1991 return and for several years was just a bit much in playing lady of the hourglass manor.

I follow her on Facebook and she's morphed into a progressive, fairly typical old white lady.

Give her and Jane Elliot a reality show. The real actresses are more interesting than the soaps.

by Anonymousreply 1602/25/2015

In support of international pink day today

by Anonymousreply 1704/08/2015

Dierdre, sweetie, don't take this the wrong way, but you've got some of the ugliest legs on TV. Your calves look like baseball bats.

by Anonymousreply 1804/08/2015

She doesn't R15. Someone just took her red ribbon thing and substituted pink shirts.

by Anonymousreply 1904/08/2015
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