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August 28, 2013
6:41 pm
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pegatha
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I thought there was already a thread for her, but couldn't find it in the HLB or Running forums… apologies if I'm just missing it and creating a duplicate thread.

 

Can someone explain the uproar over her NFL-sponsored post to me? (In the comments on her post, and she was highlighted by Fatfluential on twitter.) I don't have kids, nor did I participate in organized sports as a child, nor into watching professional sports, so may be I'm just not aware of the context. Is the NFL or other sports organizations caring about safety a controversial issue? Is the promotion about the NFL caring about head injuries somehow whitewashing past issues they've had, the way that General Mills pretending to care about GMOs would be? 

I'm pretty sure she's done sponsored posts before, and I thought it was fairly well done for a sponsored post – disclosure at the top (although I don't like just "brought to you by" – that's still a bit vague in my opinion – say sponsored or compensated), it's relatively related to her blog subject, very related to her non-blog career, she's expressed personal interest in watching football/sports in the past, she tied it into her personal life (like with naming of her kid, which is also something she's mentioned before), told a narrative that tied into the promotion rather than just spitting out PR content. She has been posting less lately, so I guess that ups the % of sponsored content even if it's not super often, but other than that… I'm just confused why there seemed to be such a strong reaction to this particular post of hers?

August 28, 2013
6:53 pm
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marysaurus
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I don't really get it either, but she's pretty insufferable in general (in my opinion) so perhaps people are looking for things to get irritated about? Seems to happen a lot for other "popular" bloggers.

 

My issue with the blog is that she complains all the time. About everything. I sympathized with her when she was writing a lot about her fertility struggles. After she had the kid though, her posts were insanely whiny for someone who supposedly wanted a baby SO badly. And now she's trying to get pregnant again… can't wait! People give HTP shit for being a mommy martyr and for having a kid when she wasn't ready, but Jen isn't much better. Seems like she focused so much on getting pregnant that she didn't think about how hard the parenting part would be, similar to how so many women focus on the ~*wedding*~ and then are like "WTF marriage is hard".

August 28, 2013
7:10 pm
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pegatha
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I'm fairly neutral towards her myself (except when the Disney stuff seemed to appear out of nowhere), but yeah, I can see how those things are annoying. Maybe it's just an outlet for annoyance towards her in general like you're saying. I usually find #Fatfluential to be very even-keeled, though, and only call-out things that are really obnoxious in some way, without a bias of just trying to find something to complain about, that's why I was wondering if there was a piece I was missing.

August 28, 2013
7:12 pm
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The Butter Family

Probably because of this :

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323823004578594511017381932.html

and 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-espn-nfl-20130823,0,2973229.story

 

But I agree that the sponsored post was tasteful and does fit in with her blog. People are just pissed about the NFL right now and took it out on her comments. That's my theory!

August 28, 2013
7:14 pm
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pegatha
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And I was going to say she seemed to be responding well to the criticism, for example:

 

Hey Eileen. I appreciate you taking the time to comment but I disagree. I turn down most opportunities, but literally jumped at this one because I’m extremely passionate about football + public health + youth sports. Clearly I’m not doing a good enough job as a writer if my readers didn’t know that. I apologize.

But then she posted this on twitter, in what seems to be a response to fatfluential:

I feel sorry for all the children out there who are being raised by parents who think it's OK to be mean to others.

August 28, 2013
7:18 pm
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pegatha
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Ah, thanks for the links sowhatimbutter. I guess that explains why the NFL is doing the promotional campaign in the first place too. (I did kind of go wtf? at the fact that they were even sponsoring blog posts in the first place, even though I thought Jen's was a decent post.)

August 28, 2013
7:22 pm
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justeatalready
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I don't know what the uproar is from the people who think it sounds any more fake/contrived than any other sponsored post she has done, but a few people were bringing up the fakeness of the NFL caring about kid/player safety and I think there is a legitimate point there. Here are a couple articles about it if you're curious – it's kind of complicated and opinion based, although from Jen's responses in comments it sounds like she's all "tee hee, I wanted my son to play now I know he shouldn't play for safety reasons but look they're working to keep kids safe so whatever". 

http://deadspin.com/espn-pulls-out-of-frontline-concussion-investigation-1185320690

http://deadspin.com/report-nfl-pressured-espn-to-back-out-of-concussion-do-1187895031

August 28, 2013
7:24 pm
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justeatalready
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I see sowhatimbutter beat me to it, but hey, at least they're different links? 

August 28, 2013
7:29 pm
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The Butter Family

Yeah, I agree. I think the commenters have issue with the NFL, not with Jen.

But it definitely is a hot topic right now and the NFL's campaign is so gross and fake.

I don't think she knew.

August 28, 2013
7:29 pm
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The Butter Family

No, thanks for your links! I'm reading them now.

August 28, 2013
7:38 pm
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pegatha
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justeatalready said
I see sowhatimbutter beat me to it, but hey, at least they're different links? 

Thanks to you for the links too! Makes sense that people have the problem with the NFL promotion, but sucks that it's being targeted at bloggers in a more personal manner, especially when I thought it was relatively (for a sponsored post) well done.

August 28, 2013
7:39 pm
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gator796
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pegatha said
I'm fairly neutral towards her myself (except when the Disney stuff seemed to appear out of nowhere), but yeah, I can see how those things are annoying. Maybe it's just an outlet for annoyance towards her in general like you're saying. I usually find #Fatfluential to be very even-keeled, though, and only call-out things that are really obnoxious in some way, without a bias of just trying to find something to complain about, that's why I was wondering if there was a piece I was missing.

I agree about the Disney stuff, however I think it came from her being BFFs with Sassy. (See Running with Sass thread and you'll understand the disgust.)

August 28, 2013
7:39 pm
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nae23
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boohiss, i like her. 

 

PS: love my kids, but i whine about them a lot too.

 

in fact, i tend to whine more than i tend to express gratitude. something i'm working on, but failing miserably at. :)


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