When I contacted my Personal Care Truth co-founder Kristin almost a year ago, I knew what we were about to form would touch a nerve with many of the special interest groups and their followers. My parents raised me to be an independent thinker and I’ve always fought for what I believe is right. In doing so, I have been labeled many things. It’s all good though because I can take whatever is thrown at me, and I can dish it out too.
Over this past weekend, I tried to leave a comment on the original article Dene discussed on Monday. To my surprise, my email address had been “permanently deleted” from The Huffington Post website.
For those that can’t read what is in red in the above image, I have increased the file size so you can see it in the image below:
This action had me wondering why my email address had been “permanently deleted”. I have left comments on the site in the past and didn’t feel I had violated their comment policy; and I never received an email stating I could no longer comment on the site. So, it got me to thinking of other reasons. Maybe it has everything to do with the fact I am a co-founder of Personal Care Truth, and that I loathe bullies, both personal and corporate.
I searched Google for Lisa M. Rodgers + The Huffington Post, and found 1 comment I left on the article titled, ‘Stacy Malkan: Why We Made the Story of Cosmetics‘ and here it is:
I clicked on my name to see if there were other comments and it states my profile has been deleted. Call me crazy. Do you see anything in my comment that would have caused me to be “banned”? Whatever the reason, it is censorship. My ability to comment has been snuffed out with the click of a mouse, and that’s okay. I’m actually quite glad this has happened because it allows me another opportunity to shed light on Personal Care Truth. When it comes to accepting comments with opposing views, we don’t censor, unless you violate our Blog Comment Policy.
Just so there isn’t any question to how we do things around here, let me explain….again. Personal Care Truth was founded by me and Kristin Fraser Cotte, and funded by our personal monies. Personal Care Truth was not “produced in part by a cosmetic company” as seen in this comment left on the same post. PCT was produced by two women, who happen to have cosmetic companies, and had enough of the fear mongering and misinformation.
Personal Care Truth does not accept articles from individuals that are wishing to put a feather in the cap of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics or the EWG. There are plenty of other sites that sing their praises; however, we aren’t one of them. We don’t and won’t regurgitate junk science. What we do allow are comments with opposing views. Dialogue is important and we understand that not everyone will agree with our point of view. Unless peer reviewed studies can be provided that support the opposing view, I will not conform based out of fear, or the “precautionary principle“.
If you believe that Personal Care Truth has an agenda, then you would be right. Our agenda is to provide truthful information in regards to personal care products, and the cosmetic industry, based on scientific facts. Yes, we do have a donation button on our site, in the hopes that people who believe in what we are doing will help us remain on our journey. What we don’t do is send weekly emails urging our readers to donate $5 here and $10 there, and include some scary headline to produce anxiety and fear, based on junk science.
And, just when I thought I had this post wrapped up, I was quite disturbed to read the comments by “anonymous”, on Estelle Hayes blog , attacking authors from Personal Care Truth, and calling them “pathetic and transparent shills for the cosmetic industry“. It is evident to me that people like “anonymous” are a colossal waste of time, and should be left alone to hitch a ride on the “scare wagon”. I find the best definition of “anonymous” as described by number 3 of the following, taken from the site The Free Dictionary. At least when any of us, and I mean the co-founders, experts or guest authors of Personal Care Truth, leave a comment here or on another blog, we do so as ourselves, not as a “no-name”, and it’s because we own our words.
So, go ahead Huffington Post, censor me. I have the Personal Care Truth platform to set the record straight. There are people who believe in the truth and science, not misinformation, educated guesses and censorship. The special interest groups admittedly say they don’t have the science and that they may never will. At their rate, they would have better luck finding the science with a Ouija Board.
If you have a comment, opposing or not, I welcome you to contribute to the dialogue on Personal Care Truth. Unless it violates our Blog Comment Policy, your comments will see the light of day. Too bad The Huffington Post can’t say that.
Have a great day y’all!