WE DID IT! Thank you for supporting the petition asking Honda to remove the inaccurate “Synth and Seattleites” ad stating people with narcolepsy shouldn’t drive and to dedicate resources toward truthful awareness. We collected over 2,100 signatures in 36 hours!
Late last night, we saw our first sign of response. The ad’s YouTube video (http://youtu.be/rC-zopOGVOI) became PRIVATE so that no one can view it or comment on it. (Boy, I’ve never been so happy to see a SAD FACE! 🙂 )
This morning, I spoke with Robyn Eagles, Honda North America’s Manager of Public Relations, who assured me that the ad has been pulled and will not air on television. Their marketing team will revise to remove narcolepsy portion.
In addition, Honda has issued the following statement to our community:
“In a series of ads for the 2015 Honda Fit, the company attempted to demonstrate how the Fit answers the needs of the customer in a very direct, yet humorous way. One ad in particular addressed narcolepsy in a manner that is insensitive. We have heard from those with the disorder and understand their concerns with our positioning of narcolepsy within the ad. To that end, Honda has pulled the ad from its YouTube channel and will not air the “Synth in Seattlites” ad with any reference to narcolepsy on television. We apologize to those who are living with and managing this disorder each day. Please know that Honda did not intend to hurt those affected by the condition.”
I have asked to visit Honda’s Headquarters here in Los Angeles to share my inspiring narcolepsy presentation. I look forward to a response and I’ll keep you posted on this fantastic educational opportunity.
Thank you to Robyn at Honda for responding promptly and personably. Special thanks to my dear friend Dr. Mark Patterson for bringing this matter to my attention and to Narcolepsy Network for leading the charge with me online.
In closing, please do not thank me for this. I’m not interested in credit, I’m interested in change. Please thank YOURSELVES and EACH OTHER for championing this cause together. I’m in awe of each person, around the world, who signed, shared, commented, tweeted, emailed & called Honda and contacted local media. One supporter spoke with a news reporter this morning who said she’d already heard from several people about the story. WOW, we rock!
Reading your eloquent petition comments brought tears to my eyes – as PWNs, loved ones AND sleep professionals all raised our voices together to prove that humanity, kindness and dignity still DO exist. For every thoughtless joke and misguided comment, I know more than ever – I’M NOT ALONE!