Yesterday, after receiving private messages of distress from many Star Wars fans, I wrote a post about the cruel photo slideshow that Local 10 in Miami was using to taunt Star Wars fans. In the past few days, thousands upon thousands of Star Wars fans have implored the news station to take down the slideshow and issue an apology.
Our voices have been heard. Local 10 has issued a formal statement of apology. In reading the comments, I see many gracious people are simply responding with "thank you for this apology." There are some others, however, who are still feeling hurt and are questioning the sincerity of the apology.
I would like to address those who are not satisfied. Naturally, there is some truth to the assertion that the apology came as a result of intense public pressure. But I think we should focus on the fact that there IS an apology, and it is not sarcastic. It is a written expression of regret. The public pressure worked, and that is not always the case, so let's offer some positive feedback.
This is a win for the anti-bullying movement. We do not need to seek punitive measures or look for names of specific people to fire. Instead of attacking the apology, let's take it for what it is. It is exactly what we asked for. The station is taking accountability for the mistake and saying they are sorry for pain that was caused. This is more than most victims receive from their bullies. This is a WIN, and we should celebrate the fact that an apology was offered.
People make mistakes. It is important to forgive and move on. The cycle of fear must be broken. Local 10 can continue to restore justice to the Star Wars fans by offering positive coverage of future events that involve the 501st. Let's give the station a chance to continue to repair the harm they have done, instead of attacking their apology as too little too late.
This is the Force, working its magic. Right here, in our world. And it is a beautiful thing to behold.
Carrie Goldman, Author of Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear
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