We’ve established I’m a Bleeding Heart Liberal.
Now I’m a Bleeding Heart Liberal in Trouble.
I chose to use a widget (for the non-bloggers, it’s just that: a little thingie that does something) called Social Vibe on TLH. The idea: free advertising by “sponsors” to help raise money for clean water. You can see it in the side bar on the right, scrolling down. Readers click on the “help” button, follow short instructions, and voila, water is donated. To date (it says) 514 gallons have been raised. I chose Showtime as the sponsor: I figured they had the big bucks, and readers would be more tempted to watch a video clip of an upcoming show than some of the other sponsor options.
I noticed the water had trickled to a halt. Checked it out. Turns out I have to pick a different sponsor every so often, out of a very small group of sponsors. (Four) In other words, Social Vibe effectively shut itself down on my site. You’d think they’d let you know. I looked at the choices, trying to pick one readers might find tolerable to interact with. I like Body Glove’s clothing line, thought, “How bad can that be?”
I wasn’t thinking. Body Glove also has a swimsuit line. For women. I clicked on Social Vibe myself to check out what BG wants you to do. They want you to rate a video. Of a model in a kabillion itty bitty swimsuits. I would not want my daughter to see this video. Or my son for that matter.
It’s practically pornographic.
I’m sure that’s the idea behind the video. Problem: I watched (through my fingers), and my reaction wasn’t “cute swimsuits”. It was, Oh Lord, I’m so FAT. My eyes! My eyes! Take it away!! Make it stop!
(note: you can make it stop by clicking on the stars below to give it a rating, and clicking Next.)
A zillion dollars in psychotherapy and forced self-acceptance, undone by an eensy one minute video, great lighting, and spandex. My first reaction: remove Body Glove as the sponsor for clean water. Then I thought, hey wait a minute…mostly women (I think) read this blog, why not let them tell Body Glove exactly how they feel about this video? You can do that with by rating it, and still donate water. Social Vibe isn’t supporting BG, it’s supporting getting clean water to people in serious crisis.
So have at it girls. What do you think? Should I put up Folgers instead? Get rid of Social Vibe? Opinions, please?
This is an Unofficial Post, and by Jane Blog Rules, does not count as an actual post (unless I can’t think of a darn thing to write). If this were an actual post, you might be laughing. Check back. If you find yourself injured by hot apple cider up your nose, we may have made an Official Post.