Friday, 25 November 2016

Dear Linda: Plus Size Awards

I am sure you have heard about what happened with the British Plus Size Awards this weekend, but in case you're yet to catch up, you can read all about it here.

Today we were issued with a statement


Dear Linda

While I appreciate that unless your statement said "I'm really sorry, here have your money back" no one would have been happy, I think your statement is nothing less than a shambles - it was over 80 words into your statement before you even said you were sorry. People reading your statement are hundreds of pounds down, waited a week to hear from you and you thought it was more important to tell us about your 21 years in the industry than it was to actually apologise.

I agree you have done some fantastic work within the plus size industry, but your action over the past 7 days has literally destroyed that. People are doubting other events nothing to do with you, events that are to do with you have been cancelled and people have such little faith in what is happening that we're arguing with each other. That wipes out anything you claim to have done over the past 20 years. You ruined it and you're not even sorry.

I understand that you are protecting yourself from possible legal cases and being careful with your non committal of words, but you haven't given anyone any answers. Who were the winners? Will they get their awards? Will brands who sent you items for goody bags get their items back? Will you even TRY to get us refunds? Your testament is nothing but a subtle reminder of the good you have apparently done for the industry, while giving us literally nothing surrounding the actions of the last week.

You claim to have exhausted every avenue to avoid the cancellation of the plus size awards but this is simply not true. I know of no brands you have asked for the help of. You could have asked bloggers. You could have done a cut down event and explained to people why it had to happen - at least people would have had somewhere to go, instead of being turfed out of a venue, in many cases on the other side of the world from home - with literally no back up plan!

Your lack of passion in the statements you have issued, your refusal to show any empathy and your reluctance in giving any answers is very telling in the passion you put into saving the plus size awards and quite frankly the damage you have done to this industry is unforgivable, I only hope it's one that can be fixed.

Debz 

8 comments:

  1. Oh Debz you took the words out of my big gobby mouth. You're truly a talented writer, and this post is just YAS YAS YAS from beginning to end!

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  2. I really feel for the people who helped fund that woman's lifestyle over the years, but especially everyone she's ripped off this time around. It's amazing that a career criminal gets to carry on ripping people off if she just throws a bit of glitter in the air first.

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  3. As one of those hugely effected by Linda's actions and lack of them, I want to say thank you Debz for writing such an accurate and succinct open letter.
    Mary-Louise Chandler

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  4. Hear hear Debz. That statement was a total waste of time. I think it's appalling that she hasn't answered any of the questions you've posed above. That she appears to take no responsibility for what's happened, and she clearly isn't sorry. What a joke. Unprofessional and deeply unfeeling. Ridiculous woman.

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  5. @PlusSizeAwards
    I know many people were disappointed and upset about the late cancellation.. and many have lost out financially.. but let's not forget the good times Linda created.. let's not forget how many ladies found a safe haven where they could dress and feel like a princess... Let's not forget the many many years off enjoyment she created.... Let's not forget how many of us found love at a bgp party..
    There are many women i know today.. that are confident in their skin and confident to wear so many sexy outfits.. but many of those women were a little insecure before bgp offered a safe haven to develop and nurture their self confidence.. i to was upset at the cancellation but when I think of all the happy years I can't really say in was short changed... so let's stop the public humiliation of Linda.. let's stop the $itching... and sort out any indifference in private and then move on to continue the good work Linda started.. let's give credit were credit is due.. (no pun intended)

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  6. @PlusSizeAwards
    I know many people were disappointed and upset about the late cancellation.. and many have lost out financially.. but let's not forget the good times Linda created.. let's not forget how many ladies found a safe haven where they could dress and feel like a princess... Let's not forget the many many years off enjoyment she created.... Let's not forget how many of us found love at a bgp party..
    There are many women i know today.. that are confident in their skin and confident to wear so many sexy outfits.. but many of those women were a little insecure before bgp offered a safe haven to develop and nurture their self confidence.. i to was upset at the cancellation but when I think of all the happy years I can't really say in was short changed... so let's stop the public humiliation of Linda.. let's stop the $itching... and sort out any indifference in private and then move on to continue the good work Linda started.. let's give credit were credit is due.. (no pun intended)

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