Posts Tagged ‘#godlovesbatman’
Protesting against idol worship of comic characters, originally uploaded by mhaithaca.
Okay, so according to Andy Khouri and Pat Loika, the WBCers DIDN’T STAY THE FULL TIME FOR WHICH THEY WERE SCHEDULED. Consensus seems to be that they were there doing their thing for roughly 40 minutes and there were “3 or 4″ of them.
Now it’s time to make good on our pledges. Write the check or hit the big donation button and we can retire the hashtag. (I’d encourage you to do it now if you can, so that you don’t forget, but if you’re actually at SDCC, I can see waiting until you get home.) Don’t forget to put “Fred Phelps” on the memo line.
Whatever you can afford/think is appropriate.
We said we’d do $50 if they showed, plus $10/hr for however long they stayed. (Clearly, I was expecting a little more enthusiasm from them for their cause.) That’s what? Roughly $57.50? Fraction and I are gonna round up on principle and send $100 each to amfAR and maybe one other foundation. But seriously, if you said you’d do $10/hr–there is no shame in a $7.50 donation if that’s what you’ve got to spare right now. A gift is a gift. The important part is following through on your word.
If you pledged $10 per person, it looks like you’re out forty bucks. If you pledged time? Put 40 minutes of volunteer work on your to do list.
I want to leave you with something I read about #godlovesbatman on Tom Spurgeon’s excellent Comics Reporter site:
I…I think I might have something in my eye, ya’ll.
Heh. I stand by my assertion that it’s really best to ignore the WBC, but… I couldn’t help but LOL at some of the counter-protesters. Good God, I love you people. (Heeeey. See what I did there??)
Alright, as soon as I have confirmation that they’re gone, we’ll go ahead and make our donation.
(My understanding is that there were 3 WBC-ers and they got there about five minutes before their 1:15 pm scheduled start.)
Oh–another charity I’ve heard mentioned as an appropriate beneficiary is the Matthew Shepard Foundation. I couldn’t find them on Charity Navigator, but I’ve heard Shepard’s mother speak and have been profoundly moved by her message.
Okay, so, Fred Phelps and his family of hateful bigots are getting a lot of press for their planned appearance at (or near?) the San Diego Comic Con. The man lives for attention and confrontation. If you see him there, don’t sneer, don’t scream, don’t confront, don’t point and laugh–DON’T ACKNOWLEDGE. Ignore, ignore, ignore, ignore, ignore…
EXCEPT! We need some help in the form of a time-keeper or two, letting us know exactly how long the patron saint of backwards thinking and his family manage to stand and scream in the California sun. Then, by all means, do stare–at your watch! Make a note of what time it is and alert the internet that they’re there/still there. (But do it quietly and from a polite distance, will you?) Go get yourself a cold drink and check back every now and then until we have an approximate time count. Like… here would be good. Or on Twitter, with the hashtag #godlovesbatman
Why? Because in the spirit of love, we are pledging to donate $50 to amfAR if Phelps and his crew actually show up (often they don’t) and $10 an hour additional to amfAR for every hour they stay. And we’ll make our donation in Fred’s name.
We’d love you to join us.
(And we’d really love to be able to post a tally of how much we’ve raised.)
Repost far and wide, my pretties.
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