By Estelle Sobel Erasmus
Most bloggers Blog with Integrity. That’s right. If we receive payment for a post or we are using an affiliate, the FCC requires that we disclose it. Many of us did that anyway, before being required. But, the point is we want to do the right thing. And usually, we do.
Paula Deen didn’t.
I admit, I’ve never been a fan. I’d rather eat Rachel Ray’s suspect recipes than go for the butter-laden, calorie cornucopia that Paula Deen promised. Southern food has never been my drug of choice. However, Paula made many mistakes that are unacceptable.
You can’t separate a person’s morality displayed in their personal life from their public life. Just ask Anthony Weiner. No, we don’t want someone representing us who took pics of his um, eponymously-named organ and showcased it while using one of the perks of his office-the gym.
And, Paula, the public made you…the public will break you. And crocodile-tears do not excuse that you thought it was just dandy to recreate the slavery of the old south for your brother’s wedding, because you wanted that “OLD WORLD CHARM.” And boo hoo that your grandfather committed suicide after he lost his precious slave labor. And what about the diabetes drug you touted after coming out with your own condition of type 2 diabetes two years after the diagnosis and just enough time to have been able to ink your lucrative deal with Novo Nordisk. They dropped you too, like the hot potatoes you have encouraged an already obesity-prone nation to devour like so many lemmings.
Well, who’s in the frying pan, now?
I blog with integrity and many of my fellow blogging friends do as well. Many of us will be attending BlogHer in Chicago in a few weeks. Blogging with integrity means disclosing affiliate links and saying that you were paid for sponsored posts or received items to review or giveaway.The ones who don’t? We will find you out, and social-media-shame you.
Just like we have done to Paula.
Perhaps we should have a new button and call it Live with Integrity? We’ll offer it up to celebrities and other public figures and see if they bite?
What do you think of politicians and other public figures who abuse the public’s trust?