Whee, more media crap
Kellie Henika sent you this message from San Francisco Bay Area Otherkin Meetup on Meetup:
My name is Kellie Henika and I work in Development at Discovery Studios, an entity of the Discovery Channel. We are their internal production company that develops and produces a wide range of content for their channels such as The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC and much more.
I saw a link to your meet-up group for Otherkins and alike and I am really interested in finding out more about your community. I work for an Executive Producer who has an overall deal with Discovery to develop and produce exciting new series for Discovery and we definitely think that your community has potential to reach new audiences throughout the nation. He has produced several award winning shows one being Dirty Jobs.
I would love to talk with you more over the phone when you have time to learn more about the Otherkin community.
Below is my direct phone number and e-mail address:
-- Kellie Henika
(Dirty Jobs, really? That's supposed to encourage me?)
This was my response:
I am not interested in participating in any television show, especially on Discovery or Animal Planet.
Otherkin experiences with journalists and media are almost universally bad for us. In my fifteen years in the otherkin community, written pieces that treat us well or even neutrally are few and far between, and I have yet to see *any* commercial television piece that was not exploitative and "oooh look at the weirdo and his weird beliefs."
Shiro Ulv's recent experience with Zig Zag and the piece they produced for Logo, which they promised he would get to vet for accuracy before it aired yet broke that promise, does not help matters.
Until your industry stops behaving like that towards the people it purportedly wishes to study, treating us as a sideshow to be displayed to other people for gawking at, you are going to continue to meet a lot of resistance from the otherkin community.
P.S. "Otherkin", not "otherkins". It does not take an -s in the plural.
Ugh. Guys, are you sure we don't want to look at producing something from within the community? (Especially since Lupa is letting the Field Guide to Otherkin go out of print in May.) This kind of stuff is only going to continue and probably escalate.
ETA: Response to response:
I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my inquiry. I completely understand where you are coming from. Here at Discovery Studios, our intentions are never to exploit or harm anyone in regards to their beliefs. Eddie Barbini is a highly respected Executive Producer who understands that a relationship comes before ratings. I apologize if I offended you in my grammatical error. I appreciate you letting me know the correct way.
I am very sorry to hear about Shiro Ulv's experience with a television Network. It saddens me when I hear those stories for we always work with our talent and make sure they are comfortable with the content we are broadcasting. Here at Discovery Studios, our intentions are never to exploit. If we were to produce a show with you or any of your peers, we will only show what you are comfortable with because in the end, it is up to talent.
If you would like to discuss this more, feel free to call me. I would love to hear about your concerns and help in anyways possible.
Again, thank you for taking the time to respond. I do hope to hear from you soon.
Oh, well as long as you say it's not your intent to exploit or be sensationalistic then it must be okay. Of course, silly me.
I'm tempted to reply sourly "Yeah, that's what everyone always says, and look how things turn out in spite of such claims," but I don't think it will help. I think I'll just drop the line here.