Taking Concerns to Huffington Post

by Jen Lee Reeves on December 6, 2012 · 5 comments

in 2012, Huffington Post

I rarely publish my opinions on sites beyond Born Just Right, but a new show had me concerned enough to try and bring it to a wider audience. AMC, the network known for awesome television shows like Mad Men, is airing a reality show called Freakshow in February. There’s an ad on the network now and it shows adults with limb loss or limb differences who are okay with calling themselves “freaks.”

I just had a post published on the Huffington Post. Please share it and while you’re at it, there are some ways we can take action:
Join the Facebook page focused on putting a stop to Freakshow
Call AMC customer service: 1-646-273-7105.
Email AMC’s customer service: amccustomerservice@amctv.com
Leave a note on AMC’s Facebook page
Tweet @AMC_TV and mention #nofreakshow

Spread the word in any other way you can think of. The Born Just Right community is strong if we all work together.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

laura traynor December 7, 2012 at 6:20 am

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME !! YOU ARE SHOWING CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITHOUT LIMBS AND CALLING THEM FREAKS?I WILL FIGHT TO MY DEATH TO FIGHT THIS SHOW!SHAME ON YOU !

Jen Lee Reeves December 7, 2012 at 9:06 am

Laura – the show focuses on adults who participate in an old-style carnie show about the untypical. They are adults who are okay with calling themselves “freaks.” I support them in calling themselves what they want to call themselves… what is difficult for me is the use of the term in a more general way that makes it okay for anyone to use it. It’s disappointing.

Crystal December 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm

AMC’s Freakshow is the new unscripted series that follows Todd Ray’s quirky family business — the Venice Beach Freakshow. Leaving behind a successful career in the music industry, Todd was finally able to realize his true passion: bringing together all things bizarre and unique, including two-headed animals, strange artifacts, eccentric performers and human oddities. Located on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, spectators gather to see truly exceptional people, specimens and creatures. Todd and his wife Danielle open their home and hearts to the extraordinary people who proudly call themselves “Freaks.” Normal is relative. Premieres Thu., Feb. 14 at 9:30/8:30c, only on AMC.

Jen Lee Reeves December 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Yup. That’s the show.

Michael Jose December 13, 2012 at 5:48 am

Jen,
I read your post. Congrats for standing up and making it known. I felt thankful that we have some restrictions about the TV shows here in India. ( This is one moment where the freedom of speech and expression ( think you call there as first amedment ( if I am right), does not seem sooo beneficial ……….)… I could never imagine my daughter watching something like this when she grows up and a thought crosses her of being a freak!

Again, thank you for all what you do!

Regards,
michael.

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