For those just tuning in, I have the privilege of working very closely with the Odyssey II Project with Clive Barker
and I couldn't be more excited. The following is my personal opinion on the project, Clive and PETA, so I encourage you to direct any conversation regarding what you read here, to the comments below, so I can respond
First, I'm a huge fan of Clive Barker's work. His artwork and his stories have entranced me for years but beyond that, he's truly a deviant. *CliveBarker
has become an active member of the community, submitting his artwork and commenting on others. He's a perfect fit in my opinion, but that's not entirely why I'm writing today.
Clive's initial choice for a cause to donate the proceeds of this project to, is PETA and if you've been watching the #ODYSSEYPROJECT
unfold, you've certainly seen several opinions in regards to the organization.
If you know me at all, you'll know that I was a Vegan for over two decades (I've changed my status to omnivore over the last 5 years). During that period of time, I was a card carrying member of PETA and during my tenure with the organization, the extent of their requirements from me involved a lot of letter writing and outreach. I was never encouraged to dress up and protest, torture anything, throw paint at anything.. etc etc etc. As with any organization (and yes I'm thinking about Religious organizations right now) there are extremists and certainly those people exist within PETA. My personal opinion of the organization and any organization for that matter, is that judging by the craziest is really unfair. However, I do have some personal experience with situations like this and I'd love to share that for perspective.
My family has been plagued with Cancer and I've lost very important people in my life. For the last 15 years I have actively raised money and participated in events to raise money for Cancer research. Every year, when I begin my fundraising efforts within the community, I am harassed by people who tell me I'm wasting my time, that research money is wasted and it's a giant political agenda. I have had people be ridiculously cruel to me BECAUSE I'm raising money for Cancer and once I had someone tell me that my loved one's were afflicted because of an inner evil they possessed that no 'medical treatment' could cure. It's a cause that means a lot to me and I extensively research where the money goes every time but to no avail, I get barraged by people screaming at me for my efforts and my choices.
I don't know that there is one charity or cause that everyone can agree on, considering what I've experienced. What I do know is that I respect Clive and his participation in this project and I trust that he, like me, has done his research into his chosen cause and stands behind it for a reason.
I appreciate that people have very strong opinions and *CliveBarker
is certainly aware of the concerns conveyed by the community as you can read in his journal here
and I am confident that he will do the necessary research and make an informed decision. At the end of the day, we may not all agree on it but I implore you to look at the bigger picture. This project means a great deal to me and to those that have helped bring it to fruition including, the incredible *CliveBarker
and our own $techgnotic
. This opportunity is not one that you're going to find every day and while I love that there has been open dialogue about the concerns regarding the charity, lashing out at Clive personally, is unfair and unwarranted.
Clive, like myself, believes in something that's dear to him. I'm sure people read my above statement regarding the personal attacks I get every year, and because you know me, likely want to come to my defense and I appreciate that. However, Clive also deserves that respect and those feelings.
Sure there can be misguided ideas about what deserves our charity and what doesn't but what's drawn us to whatever cause we're fighting for is likely personal and no one should be attacked because they care. Ever.
I'm asking you to be the community I know you are and rise to the occasion. The charity situation will be sorted one way or another, but the humanitarian one is up to you. This is a fellow deviant, this project has the potential to be absolutely epic and I, personally, have felt the power of this community when it comes together in support.
Let the Odyssey begin.