A Video Response to “Survivor’s Remorse” …

I did this short video in response to “Survivor’s Remorse” and their episode that had some rather questionable language regarding people with cleft lip and cleft palate health issues. I hope you get something out of it and feel free to share with others.

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‘Survivor’s Remorse’ needs some awareness, like, now …

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Recently “Survivor’s Remorse,” a show that airs on the STARZ TV network, had some dialogue which was quite belittling of anyone with a cleft lip and cleft palate.

The terms “fucked-up mouth” and “snaggleteeth” and “weird lips” were used to describe people like me.

Really?

I’m not sure what the point behind the writer’s words were. If they were trying to do their best “shock jock” type of vignette, then they succeeded.

Yes, you want to see the clip don’t you?

This comes via Facebook as posted by Rya Medassist:

There, you can see it for yourself.

I do want to let the producers and actors in “Survivor’s Remorse,” as well as those in charge at STARZ, that people like me with cleft lips and cleft palates have overcome a lot in our lives. We are brave, talented and gifted people. In fact, one of the stage and screen’s best actors ever — Stacy Keach — was himself born with a cleft lip or cleft palate or both. He’s done pretty damn well in front of the screen and in front of live audiences for a long, long time.

My intention in writing this post is to raise awareness, though. I am not writing this to wag my finger in your faces. I just want you all to know that there are people, real people, who have come a long way to simply live and, yes, breathe.

I make an open offer to any producer or actor involved with “Survivor’s Remorse” to reach out to me and have a conversation. Of course, I realize it is simply television and you are just doing a show for entertainment purposes. Take a minute … like, one minute … and consider what words you do write into the show. As a writer myself, I can appreciate the creative process … but at the detriment of 1 in 600 children who are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate daily?

Please.

Thanks for reading this.

To the international cleft and craniofacial community … just know that you are loved right where you are as you read this. Every minute counts, and you are loved.

Peace,

Joe Rutland

Host, “CleftCast”

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/CleftCast

The world needs your voice and smile …

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How many people within the facial difference community around the world are silent? How many are kept silent and not allowed to truly be themselves?

It can feel so stifling and certainly sad. I want to encourage those whose voices are kept silent by others who do not know what you are going through to speak up! Let me hear your voice. This community is alive with the hearts and souls of many people and it does not matter about where you are in your life.

Remember: The world needs your voice and smile.

Love and blessings,

Joe