In the last day or so there has been a small “stir” created by a select group of disgruntled people regarding a picture that Kate Gosselin posed for and posted on her website. In the picture, she is sitting on a chair in her home wrapped in an American Red Cross blanket. This group of disgruntled people have determined that this picture of Kate with this blanket is inappropriate. One writer claims that Kate is trying to look “coquettish.” I will have to admit when I first read that I wondered what wrapped up in an American Red Cross blanket had anything to do with playing croquette. Ok, refocused my continuously failing vision and I saw the word again. “Coquettish: A woman who makes teasing sexual or romantic overtures; a flirt.”
Hmmm, I just don’t see it. I don’t see how a woman sitting in full daylight on a chair in her living room smiling at a camera wrapped in a blanket is looking “coquettish.” What else was she suppose to do with the blanket. Place it on her head and wear it like a scarf?
Anyway, I decided to write this branch of the Red Cross and get my own take on this ridiculous situation. This is the statement that I received:
The Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross is launching a fundraising campaign to support the chapter’s work in responding to home fires, the most common type of disaster. To raise the visibility of the campaign, the chapter reached out to dozens of Philadelphia area celebrities-including Kate Gosselin-and asked them to send a photo of themselves with a Red Cross blanket. We gave the celebrities the leeway to be creative with their photos, but did ask that the poses be appropriate. We have reached out to Kate and have asked that she submit an alternate photograph. All of the celebrities have volunteered their service for the campaign and none have been compensated in any way. Each year, the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter responds to about 750 home fires each year and we appreciate the help of all of the celebrities to support that effort.
In addition to this statement, their spokesperson stated:
Unfortunately those who contacted me in previous emails and by phone misrepresented themselves and have since misrepresented what I said. I did mistakenly write that we have asked Ms. Gosselin to take down the photo. We have not. I meant to write we have asked that she submit a different photo for us to use on the phillyhomefire website.
In an additional email, Dave stressed:
It’s about we want the attention to be on the campaign and the wonderful work the Southeastern PA Chapter of the American Red Cross does and the need for that work, and the great support we are receiving, not side issues that only detract from the campaign’s core mission.
I agree 100 percent Dave! So let’s do the right thing here. Let’s forget all of this nonsense and get out and support the American Red Cross. I for one will be making a donation this afternoon. Let’s take what these people have made ugly and turn it into something positive and beautiful. Please support your American Red Cross.