I don't think I've ever received so many personal emails and messages regarding anything I've ever written in a blog post. That's saying something! When I stated that I'd 'Clooney'd myself' - the word and phrase caught people's attention. Most who wrote were also distressed that another celebrity participated in the advancement of the use of hateful language in reference to people with intellectual disabilities. But that aside, there was great good humour about it all. Here's a sample of what I received:
First Email on the subject:
What I liked about your post was that you coined a term for an experience that needed naming. As soon as I read what you had written I thought to myself, "Self, you've done that!!!" I propose the following definitions for the term:
a situation wherein an individual makes a decision or performs an action that accidentally reveals their true nature
a situation wherein an individual makes a decision or performs an action that does damage to their reputation
I've been there, I've done that, I'm going to use this word from now on to describe it! I'll get to explain what it means and that will give me an opportunity to explain about that word.
After I read your post today I was in a situation and as I was getting upset I remembered your post and thought, "Don't go all Clooney, here." Thanks for giving me a quick way to think about the way I react and what I do.
I hesitate to admit that I have a George Clooney poster in my bedroom. I'm way passed my teen years but I don't care. I'm not going to take the picture down, I'm just going to imagine spanking him for being such a naughty boy.
So there you have a sample of what came in to my mailbox. I enjoyed the messages and, I must admit, I enjoyed the sense of support that they gave me. Sometimes we all feel very alone in the struggle. So these, along with my comments, made my day better.
Here's to the disability community having a new word ... ! Celebrate, but remember, don't Clooney your day.