christopher575 (christopher575) wrote,

A message I just sent to the Make-a-Wish foundation

I am writing in support of Ina Garten. I think the Make-a-Wish Foundation does amazing work, but I'm disgusted by the idea that anyone will be publicly shamed in the worldwide media if they choose not to participate, for whatever reason. Does the foundation have a policy about this? My hope is that Enzo Pereda and his family were told when they came to that you would do your best to fulfill his wish, but that they absolutely should not turn to the media if Ina was unavailable.

It's easy to see how just about any celebrity will end up being inundated with requests for appearances and donations, and there's no reason to think they can possibly do it all in addition to their own work. You have an obligation to ensure that nobody going forward is blackmailed into working with you. We're now seeing stories from every major media outlet (and even a blog post from the Pereda family asking people to leave Ina alone) but what we're not hearing from the foundation is a commitment to ensure that people who work with you from now on are doing it because they want to, not because they are forced.

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