So, today I’d like to dedicate this space to all the great men and women who I have met through social media by getting involved in protesting Co$. While there are still many I haven’t had the pleasure to meet yet, many great friendships have been forged by those willing to stand up, speak out, and be heard.
I may be easy for Co$ members to ignore or disregard singular voices on social media, there truly is strength in numbers. Fortunately, with all the work to expose the truth, yes we are looking at you Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright, Louis Theroux, Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, Tony Ortega, Chris Shelton, Jeffrey Augustine, Aaron Smith-Levin, et al, it seems that there are more and more ex-members and concerned parties willing to publically speak about the abusive policies, actions, and beliefs. The groundswell will only continue as more information and experiences are shared online and through various media outlets.
I think the biggest misstep that Co$ continues to make is, footbullets anyone?, rather than directly address the stories/experiences/facts that are shared, they choose to attack the credibility of the teller instead. While they like to argue “sour grapes” or “desperate for money and attention” about these brave individuals, we see through this smokescreen. We understand that many of them are standing up at great personal risk. But, it seems their driving force is to shed light on an otherwise clandestine organization that seeks to “author their own story” and attack anyone who dares to question them.
I truly believe that this organization will not be changed, or brought down, by a single individual or story, but by collectively working together to educate the masses about how they operate. With enough public protest, ample political pressure, and resistance to their policies, we can make a huge impact. Constant vigilance to call out their obvious smear tactics, limiting their recruitment efforts, and making the truth readily available to anyone who wants to find it, will be our legacy.
To this end, a very personal tip of the cap to all those mentioned above, and to those who I interact with on a daily basis. Your bravery to speak out inspires me and countless others to continue. While we may seem to get lost in meme spamming, or finding levity in the posts or actions of certain individuals, we are truly supporting all exes, current members, and anyone willing to stand up, speak out, and be heard. There is only one exception that I am aware of, but I have chosen to mute that lone wolf. Playing to both sides of this issue will get the same reaction from both, and ultimately make you seem foolish.
I implore you all to continue doing what you do, we are here to support you! Just like Dumbledore says, “Help will always be give at Hogwarts, to those who ask for it”.