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1. TITUS: FOX Shuts Down Email after Flood of Messages
2. Me, Myself & Irene
1. Titus: FOX Shuts Down Email after Flood of Messages
Many NAMI StigmaBusters have notified us that their email messages about TITUS to the FOX comment line were returned as undeliverable. The email address we provided (email@example.com) was mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org correct. FOX tells us that they shut down this email box on Monday (May 14, 2000) after receiving a flood of messages from NAMI StigmaBusters expressing concern about this new television comedy series.
The TITUS production office is currently closed. However, FOX will hold the email messages they have accepted and deliver them the first week in July when TITUS production staff returns to start writing and producing shows for the Fall 2000 season.
If your message was returned, we have been told that you may send it to another FOX comment line at: email@example.com.
2. Me, Myself & Irene
First mentioned in our May 14 StigmaBusters Alert, this new Jim Carrey movie portrays a gentle state trooper that has a split personality labeled as "schizo". The Jim Carrey character turns into another character who is evil and very aggressive.
The movieís web site, passed along to us by one of our StigmaBusters, http://www.memyselfandirene.com, features the offensive tag line, "From Gentle to Mental."
Similarly to the information provided about sending comments on Titus, you may send your message on this movie to the new email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hereís a great suggestion from a NAMI StigmaBusters that we wanted to pass along:
When the film opens on June 23, send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to clarify that schizophrenia is not a split or multiple personality, and that this misuse of a devastating mental disorder, using it as a basis for humor, is demeaning, dehumanizing and stigmatizing to the two million Americans struggling with this severe brain disorder and to their families.
In advance of the opening, we also suggest that you send a letter to the film critic at your local newspaper.. Although we canít stop this movie, we can use it as an opportunity to educate the public about the true nature of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a disorder of the brain, with onset usually in the teens to mid-thirties, characterized by delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech, thought, and/or behavior, coupled with so-called negative symptoms (decreased emotional expression, decreased ambition and interest). It does not mean split personality.
Meanwhile, thank you for your immediate response to our Alerts. Numbers do count.
Together we can educate the media, the entertainment industry, and the public to help reduce the pervasive stigma toward mental illness.
Stella March, Coordinator
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We look forward to hearing from you!