"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do.
God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know,
and holds us responsible to act." Prov 24:12

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Shame On Advance Auto Parts


I have to say, that Jeremy and I were completely disgusted and shocked by something we saw at Monster Jam this weekend put on by Advance Auto Parts. We are not monster truck fans but thought we would take the boys since they are at an age where things like monster trucks seem pretty cool to them. The monster truck part of the show was fine but what Advance Auto Parts decided to do during the intermission times was unbelievably shocking. They had the master of ceremonies bring out a gentleman with dwarfism and proceeded to mock him as a form of "entertainment". 

Why in the world anyone would think the MAKING FUN OF SOMEBODY'S DIFFERENCES is an acceptable form of "entertainment" is beyond me. They didn't just bring him out once, twice... no, it was about 5 times (about 5 to 10 minutes each time) and each time the MC made fun of the way this gentleman looked, walked, ran, moved his arms... the list could go on and on. Why is something like this going on in this day and age?! It made me wonder what all those kids that were staring at our son with limb differences as we were leaving were thinking. If they are being exposed to this kind of "entertainment" where it seems perfectly acceptable to make fun of somebody's differences why in the world would they have any compassion for our son or others with differences. The whole thing just really saddened, angered and shocked us. 

There are only a couple of ways we can take a stand in situations like this and I ask that if you find this just as disturbing, that you too will join us in this. We can make sure that we do not purchase tickets to an Advance Auto Parts monster truck show (which tours the entire country meaning that this "side show entertainment" will be seen by thousands, which is just unbelievably frustrating), we can choose not to do business with Advance Auto Parts (money talks, or rather lack there of talks) and most importantly, we can join together and write or call this company and let them know that this is simply unacceptable! If you made it through all of this... thank you so much for listening. This is just something I couldn't ignore. Here is all their contact information...


3 comments:

  1. Intersting that I read this post today after seeing a Monster Truck show advertised on a billboard. Having 3 boys who would enjoy it immensly, I gave it some thought, but since we are in the midst of adopting our son with bilateral upper limb difference, I decided not to pursue going. Boy, am I ever glad I made that decision!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What very poor judgement on the part of Advance Auto Parts! Just yesterday I purchased tickets for the Monster Truck show in Sioux Falls, SD, but I don't know if it is an Advance Auto Parts show or not. Are there others? At the very least, I will contact Advance Auto Parts to complain of their inappropriateness. Thanks for sharing.

    Oh, and I enjoy checking in here periodically to watch your ds grow and thrive. His efforts and accomplishments are heart-warming and inspiring.

    Wishing you and your family many blessings in the New Year!

    Lori

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  3. Please let us know if they respond to complaints or anything. So wrong, and so glad that you are letting people know!

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