Thanks to the Peterborough Examiner for reporting the story.
Before we get off on the wrong foot, it’s important to provide a dictionary definition of the word exposé so we’re all on the same page as you read this article.
An exposé is a public report of the facts about a situation, especially one that is shocking … a public accounting that reveals the true, objectionable nature of someone or something … from the Latin word expositus which means ‘put or set out.’
Wednesday (February 27) is Pink Shirt Day. It’s a day to stand up against bullying. Unfortunately, not everyone is getting the message yet.
Back in 2007, a high school in Cambridge, Nova Scotia was forever changed by the positive actions of two Grade 12 students who witnessed a Grade 9 boy being bullied, and stood up against the bullying. The Grade 9 student had worn a pink polo shirt on his first day at the high school, and he was threatened with physical violence as well as called a homosexual which was meant to be an insult to the young student.
The two Grade 12 students went so far as to go to a local discount store and purchase 50 pinks shirts which they and their friends wore to school the following day, creating what these two boys referred to as a “sea of pink.” But it wasn’t just those 50 students wearing pink. With the same speed that bullying takes off, so did the anti-bullying, and hundreds of students showed up at school that day wearing pink shirts!
It’s this kind of initiative … this kind of awareness … that will change the world for the better.
Now imagine my shock and utter surprise when I learned about a bullying category being celebrated in the local Peter Tweeter Awards, an awards show that is supposed to celebrate “shining the spotlight on people who are helping bring the online community together.”
His website claims that he’s a businessman who has “a decade of communications planning and delivery, he has the experience and connections needed to successfully garner attention for your programs and events” and he most assuredly garnered my attention with Category 17 in this year’s Peter Tweeter Awards!
And now he’s garnering the attention of my readers, visitors, subscribers, followers and more.
So on Pink Shirt Day especially, when people are standing up against bullying all over the world, know that there’s so much more work that needs to be done right here in Peterborough than you had perhaps initially believed.
Let Donald Fraser, KawarthaNOW, 101.5 The Wolf, 100.5 KRUZ FM, radio personality Dani Stover, radio personality Catherine Hanrahan — as well as the sponsors of the event, the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce (Stu Harrison), Aria Night Club, Creative DJ Audio Services, and Corus Entertainment — know that Category 17 should be stricken from the Peter Tweeter Awards because of what it is: Bullying!
In the words of Sandra Bullock’s character, Mary Horowitz, in the movie “All About Steve” ….
There are meaningful words, there are pointless words, and then there are words that hurt.
It’s sad to see that for some business people in Peterborough, Ontario, those words may be lost on them forever.
UPDATE on 25 February 2013 (2:00 PM): The Peter Tweeter Awards have changed the name of Category 17, and it now reflects a more positive image.
Thanks to everyone who participated in encouraging the committee to rename the category, and thanks to the committee for renaming said category.
UPDATE on 1 March 2013: Peter Tweeter Bullies (PDF)
UPDATE on 4 March 2013: Earlier today, someone on Twitter suggested renaming Category 17: Tweetest Couple. I would love to acknowledge the person who made this wonderful suggestion, however, that information is not available on the Twitter account, the blog site or the website. Nonetheless, thank you for suggesting a name that is in keeping with the spirit of the awards, and in line with the “Best” categories.