Stouffer’s Sponsors BlogHer 2010. Will They Be Judged?

We were called “shills”.  We were verbally attacked and blocked on Twitter. Our recap posts were riddled with trolls and haters.

Why?

Because we attended a Nestle event in Los Angeles.

For the most part, it didn’t matter what our opinions actually were, because in the eyes of the haters and some boycotters, just being at the event made us guilty.  We had the opportunity to question the Nestle USA CEO with the boycotter’s questions, which seemed like the perfect opportunity to bridge the people with the company, but it still wasn’t good enough.  We were  judged and done so quite harshly.

Some of us were even interviewed by the LA Times regarding the Twitter bullying we experienced, and even that went down the toilet.

To put it mildly, I am annoyed and hurt with the treatment we received, still.  I feared that writing this post would open a whole new can of worms and potentially conjure up old issues, but questions must be asked.

Do Nestle boycotters have a problem with Stouffer’s, a Nestle Family brand, sponsoring BlogHer 2010?

For the record, I support Nestle products AND BlogHer.  I am no way offended that one is supporting the other, and I will eat the Stouffer’s lunch at the conference if there is one.  I do not want BlogHer to be attacked for its sponsors and I do not want to ignite drama.  I am simply making a point.

If we were judged for simply being at the Nestle event in LA, will all BlogHer attendees be judged as Nestle supporters as well?

Why or why not?

Does the fact that Nestle provided our travel and accommodations to the event make us any different from BlogHer 2010 attendees who pay to attend a conference that has Stouffer’s as a sponsor?

I do not have a problem with boycotters in general.  Boycott all day long if you’d like, it’s your prerogative, but don’t attack those who disagree.  Have your opinion and express it, but don’t be ugly.  I know there are Nestle boycotters attending BlogHer this year, yet I haven’t heard a lick about this issue. Believe me, I hope it stays that way.

Saying that, I am still trying to figure out why the 18 of us were singled out. Countless other bloggers are often sent to events sponsored by large brands, and most large brands have boycott groups for one reason or another, like Nestle.  We were treated unfairly, and I suppose that comes with the territory of blogging and having a presence online, but I still wonder why we received the biggest backlash.  We were 18 moms and dads, looking to connect and learn more about a brand.  Plain and simple.

Honestly, if it weren’t for my loyal friends and followers support, I wouldn’t have handled it as maturely as I did.  I am grateful for that.

Dying to hear your thoughts.


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