State of the Blog: Never Again
Oct 8, 2016
I feel somewhat ashamed to have come so late to this decision, but for reasons I mentioned earlier on Instagram, you will never see another Ivanka Trump branded product on this blog. Ever.
Like most moderate Republicans, I watched in horror as primary voters selected a deplorable bigot who made his fortune on the backs of other Americans by being a filthy contract breaker who personally sends jobs overseas. While I am exuberant in my support for #nevertrump, I initially was unwilling to paint his daughter, Ivanka, with the same brush.
Part of the reason is that I know something about being the child of a polarizing figure. When people disparage you based on who your parent is, or ask you to choose between being your own person and honoring/loving your parent, it’s soul shredding. The other reason is that I deeply support the mission of her brand. Providing stylish, mid-price clothing for working women while supporting female empowerment is basically why I started this blog. However, it is completely impossible to reconcile her public brand with her unequivocal support for her father’s candidacy and her refusal to denounce his statements.
I’m disappointed in myself that it took me so long to take this step, but I am taking it now. At the end of this month, I will donate all of my August, September and October profits* from Ivanka Trump products to the Joyful Heart Foundation.
I understand that many of you will want to comment on this post, and that some of these comments will fall into negative territory. The comment policy on this blog has always been that as long as there are no curse words, defamatory statements or personal attacks, comments are approved. I have very rarely deleted comments, because I have very rarely had to.
First time commenters (based on email) get automatically held for moderation. Sometimes it takes a few hours before I look in to moderate. Occasionally comments with links or fake email names end up in the spam filter with thousands of actual junk comments. I don’t sort through the spam looking for legitimate comments.
I’m usually not shy about jumping into the comments to debate people. Sometimes, I quite enjoy it and over the years, I’ve learned a lot from these discussions. I’m a moderate who has some political beliefs you might expect, and others you might be surprised by. I work to keep an open mind, and support respectful, fair political discourse. But I don’t write a political blog– I write a non-partisan fashion blog–and won’t be responding to individual comments on this post.
*Because these are the only months that I have records for right now. I’m waiting to see if I can get the whole year.