Animal Advocates of Arizona (AAAZ) Message Board › Just passing along info about the current sponsors of Michael Vick's new show
Please e-mail the companies who have ads appearing during the Michael Vick Reality Show and ask them to contact BET to request that they remove their commercials from airing during the show. As a result of advertising support, Vick is profiting from a lucrative reality television contract. This show is beyond the pale of depravity. Even if these companies have purchased blocks of advertising and aren't aware of the air time of their ads, they still retain the power to ask BET not to play their ads during the airing of the show. Let's give them all the benefit of the doubt and allow them the opportunity to express their opposition to the show. Some of them may not even be aware their ads are airing during it. As you can see from the updated list below, most of the companies have responded very favorably.
Please let me know if any of these companies notify you that they are withdrawing their sponsorship of the show and I'll verify it so I can remove them from the list. All of these companies ads have appeared on the show. I record it and fast forward to the commercials. Thank you for your support.
Please also contact BET and tell them what you think of the show:
Lysol (Reckitt Benckiser)
Lysol refuses to remove their ads. Please continue to e-mail them and boycott their products.
Freedom Debt Relief
or contact by phone at 1-800-468-1714
Hershey's refuses to remove their ads. Please continue to e-mail them and boycott their products.
Chevy refuses to remove their ads. Please continue to e-mail them and boycott their products.
2/4/10 Update: Nivea ended their commercial sponsorship of the show after being inundated with customer e-mails complaining about their support of the program.
2/5/10 Update: Pizza Hut asked BET to end their commercial support of the show.
2/5/10 Update: Denny's Restaurant contacted BET and ended their support after receiving e-mails from concerned customers expressing their opposition to the show.
2/6/10 Update: L'Oreal terminated their support of the Michael Vick "Reality" Show and apologized for offending L'Oreal customers.
2/8/10 Update: Nationwide Insurance issued a press release announcing that they asked BET to pull their ads from the Michael Vick Reality Show and that they do not support the program and do not wish to have any association with it.
2/9/10 Update: I spoke with a representative from Customer Relations at Dave and Busters today. She told me that they contacted BET and insisted that they pull their ads from the show.
2/10/10 Update: Walden University, Ballys, Applebees, and TurboTax all ended their sponsorship with the Vick show today citing that it is inconsistent with their values.
2/11/10 Update: Maybelline and 5-Hour Energy pulled their ads from the Vick show.
2/12/10 Update: Progressive and Avon contacted BET and told them not to play their ads during the Vick show.
2/18/10 Update: After standing by their ads for two weeks, Sprint caved in after unrelenting e-mails and phone calls and instructed BET to pull their ads.
2/20/10 Update: Footlocker withdrew their support of the program and stated their ads will no longer play during the show.
2/23/10 Update: Broadview Security (formerly Brinks) said they contacted BET to ensure that their ad is not aired during the show in the future.
2/26/10 Update: KFC notified BET that they do not want their ads playing during the show.
If Vick hadn't killed dogs, he would never have this show. He's making money off his killing spree. He recently said the reason for the show is to clear his family name. He also said that he will not speak about dog fighting anymore after the show. He did a masterful job of using the HSUS to help him re-enter society. He was never sincere. He still thinks he's a victim as evidenced by his arrogant and callous remarks after being nominated for the Ed Block Courage Award:
"I've overcome a lot, more than probably one single individual can handle or bear," Vick said. "You ask certain people to walk through my shoes, they probably couldn't do. Probably 95 percent of the people in this world because nobody had to endure what I've been through, situations I've been put in..."
Some people argue "everyone deserves a second chance...it's time to move on" and "everyone makes mistakes". Vick did not make a mistake; it was a conscious and calculated decision that he knew was wrong. He is diabolical, transparent, and evil. There is no cure for evil. He doesn't deserve a second chance for his heinous and unspeakable crimes against animals. Those of us who speak for animals will not "move on" as Vick is emblematic of a larger problem in a society that shows disregard for the welfare of animals and believes lenient sentences and fines equate to justice. They do not.
If people want to idolize this sadistic killer, cheer for him from the stands and wear his jersey, they can do it. We draw the line with a reality show that allows him to profit from his felonies. Let us send a clear message -- if you brutalize helpless animals, you will not be allowed to make money off your crimes. Our silence allows the opposite message to be sent. Complacency breeds acceptance. Acceptance leads to continued violence against animals.
On behalf of the dogs Michael Vick fought, kicked, shot, hanged, electrocuted, drowned, tortured, and killed,