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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:13 pm 
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Food for thought

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Food allergy is misrepresented and misunderstood in the media. Comedians, talk show hosts, and other members of the media often make light of the seriousness of food allergy, which encourages the public to not take food allergies seriously. FARE’s goal is to educate the public about the facts.


Worth a watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XI71sK ... e=youtu.be

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:21 pm 
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I should have credited this article - it was where I found the video posted below:

Peanut allergies are frightening, not funny.

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A comedian on HBO last Saturday night delivered what I can only call vicious jokes about people with peanut allergies on planes. On the one hand, I understand that much of a comedian’s role is to push social boundaries. In many cases, comedians use offensive discourse to force us, the audience, to look inside ourselves and hopefully start the conversation.

Many in the food allergy community believe that responding to such negativity or expressing extreme distress in response to such skits encourages comedians with such dialogue. Silence does not work. Dismissing this as “only comedy” normalizes this abuse.

Comedians may or may not be ignorant, but if audiences, and society for that matter, stop and think and ask ourselves - is it really so funny when humor is hurtful? By dismissing these comments as funny, the world will never begin to understand the danger of food allergies and how food allergies affect peoples’ lives.

If we do not raise objections to this kind of comedy, we are teaching those around us that food allergies can be funny. It is then no surprise why kids are anxious, embarrassed, and bullied due food allergies. When we make light of anaphylaxis, we perpetuate the misleading stigma regarding food allergies.



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When discussing the HBO comedy special on my No Nut Traveler page on Facebook, one comment stood out to me. It came from food allergy mom and powerhouse disability rights attorney Mary Vargas – she stated, “We have so much work to do in educating those around us. In objecting to this kind of ‘comedy’, we are educating and having important dialogue. We are saying that there is a third rail that isn’t funny for our community. While we may not be able to educate everyone, it is my experience that we can educate many who have the heart to care but just haven’t been asked.”

I also believe by educating the greater public on the potential severity of food allergies, we will reach a point where it will be taboo to make these kinds of ‘jokes’ publicly. The sentence my son read aloud to me was once considered the norm and now is just appalling terminology in society. I hope for a day that it is simply unacceptable to joke about food allergies.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pea ... 5bdfb3206c

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