this is a letter Joey Baer sent to PURPLE representatives. I have his permission to reprint here. If you would like to send your own letter – they can be sent to the addresses below but replace the (at) with @ and the (dot) with a .
Date: Sat, May 15, 2010 at 10:03 PM
Dear Dan Luis, Ron Obray and Mark Bella,
Trust all’s well with ya. My family and I are doing good and we are looking forward to the summer! 🙂
Since I feel very comfortable with you and know that you will take my words seriously, I am writing this letter to share my grave concern about DeafRead and DeafVideo. I am very concerned on how DeafRead and DeafVideo operate and approve blogs/vlogs. To many of us, this is not new because if you refer to my vlog, “Leaving DeafRead” at http://www.joeybaer.com/?p=148 and “Part 2: Leaving DeafRead” at http://www.joeybaer.com/?p=149, that was made in July 2008. It has been almost two years and it is clear that they have done nothing to protect Deaf community. This is getting out of control and it is hurting us.
Knowing you both who put integrity and reputation above anything with ultimate goal to provide best quality in everything. Unfortunately, DeafRead and Deafvideo have not done that and failed to improve their quality and expectations two years ago. They continue to approve many inappropriate vlogs/blogs and yet denied some great vlogs/blogs and established a lot of double standard practices. I need to emphasize that if you watch my very beginning message in my second vlog that many others left DeafRead before me. And since then, many people continue to leave DeafRead because of their practices.
The most recent blog, “What tangled webs Deaf Read and DVTV weave” by Patti Durr at https://handeyes.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/what-tangled-webs-deaf-read-and-dvtv-weave/ , you will notice very similar concern I brought up in July 2008. it is clear that they continue to ignore many of our pleas for them to improve their standards especially the overall quality of the sites itself. While they can continue and operate, I strongly recommend that Purple seriously should withdraw your sponsorship toward DeafRead and DeafVideo. Unless you have already withdrew your sponsorship on their sites, your banners should be removed immediately. Purple needs to protect their intergrity and reputation that they believe in bringing the Deaf community together rather than the other way, to hurt each other. DeafRead and DeafVideo editors have failed to do their jobs.
Thank you for taking your time in reading and viewing this letter, two vlogs, and a blog and I certainly hope Purple will take some steps to protect their own integrity and reputation within the Deaf community!