A Celebration and a Smack Down

It's hard to ignore the haters sometimes

I have awesome news and awful news today, which I think illustrates the best and worst of humans. Don’t worry, no kitties got hurt in the awful news… ugliness in the heart doesn’t always express itself violently, but that does not mean it is any less hurtful — because its expression can lead to harmful acts.

But first the good news. I have to give a big paws up to the Friskies team, and celebrity cats Grumpy Cat, Oskar the Blind Cat, Colonel Meow, Nala Cat and Hamilton the Hipster Cat. Just yesterday, I shared a blog post about the music video these kitties made with Friskies. Every time the video was viewed, Friskies promised to donate a can of cat food to the rescues each celebrity cat supported, up to 500,000 cans. Well, the video debuted on Tuesday, December 10, and it only took two days for it to reach its goal! That means Humane Society Silicon Valley, Kitten Rescue, Seattle Persian and Himalayan Rescue, Purrfect Pals and the Cat Welfare Association are each getting 100,000 cans of cat food! That is going to feed a lot of kitties in need! Great job, everybody!

You all rule - thanks for helping kitties in need!

Now I want to mention something a lot less pleasant. In the middle of this worthy event, TMZ came out with a small-minded and cruel video making fun of Grumpy Cat, calling her retarded and stupid and making fun of her. Grumpy Cat has feline dwarfism and a placid demeanor, neither of which necessarily indicates a lack of intelligence… but even if she weren’t very bright, it’s still horribly wrong to poke fun at a creature (or a kid) that is different. It gives validation to the worst impulses in human beings and encourages people to do awful things to animals and other humans who are different from the norm. Sorry I’m not linking to the video, but if you want to watch it (and get as mad as me and my human), you can go to the TMZ website and do a search on Grumpy Cat. TMZ gets an emphatic paws down for this tasteless and ill-timed video. They have never been a paragon of good taste, but this is even lower than the regular fare on their website.

TMZ sucks, pure and simple

Now that I’ve had my say, let’s forget about TMZ and remember all the good humans and animals can do when they work together.

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  1. says

    It is never okay to be mean to kitties or to humans. Poor Grumpy Cat! The mom knows how it is; hers was made fun of a lot growing up for her “strange eye” that look different (no muscle control) due to severe vision loss. Even *adults* avoid sitting by hers on the bus and stuffs. Peoples can be very cruel. :(

    We hope that Grumpy Cat’s human did not let hers see the video.

    Carmine, Milita, and Jewel

  2. The Kitties of Purring Pines says

    Concats on the food donation! There is no good reason fur being so mean!!! We refuse to watch the video!

  3. says

    We loved the OTHER video, with all five. It was sweet and we are so glad the goal was already reached. Yaaay for that! As for tmz, well…. we have no wish to see that. We think Grumpy Cat is just about purrfect.

  4. says

    We watched the video…it was great! We knew it wouldn’t take long to reach that goal! YAY!

    And pffffttttt to TMZ! Aren’t there better stories for them than making fun of cats? Sheesh.

  5. says

    Massive paws up to Friskies for the incredibly fun music video they put together and reaching their goal so quickly…that’s the power of cat people!!!

    The TMZ clip is disgusting…Grumpy Cat is a perfect little angel loved by millions and their measly little website is just jealous!

  6. says

    LOVED the Friskies video and seeing all the cats. mom was jealous of your assistant. and how awesome to reach their goal in 2 days!!!

    as for TMZ and small minded people….we say – pfft!

  7. da tabbies o trout towne says

    YAY de videe oh wented sew well in onlee two dayz !!! total lee awesum that all de shelters will get de goodz…. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    N de food serviss gurl willna watch, click on, ore visit TMZ…..

    it must be run by 4 & 5 yeer oldz coz her haz knot hurd langauge such az stupid, ore retarded with reference ta poking fun at, sinz her wuz ona playground in kindergarten….

    we guess they haz their jealouz diaperz on… coz they iz knot az famous as grumpy

    enjoy yur week oh end guys !

  8. says

    I think Carmine, Milita, and Jewel said it best (and you, too!). We will not be wasting our short time on earth watching dog yak like that.

    But outstanding news about the food! Great job, Sparkle, for pointing us to the video!

  9. says

    Our human is glad she doesn’t watch many videos, only when someone emails something to her (and even then, not always). She’s not going to watch this video at all either–why give the “people” who made it any more attention. We’re just glad for the GOOD news you’ve shared! :-)

  10. says

    We cannot believe how quickly that 500,000 cans of food goal was reached. It just proves how much most people love kitties. A pox on TMZ. Mom recently saw something else negative about Grumpy Cat. Why some individuals find bashing and bullying to be satisfying, we will never know. Mom says it is usually from jealousy and low self-esteem. No excuses as far as we are concerned. Have a pawsome weekend. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  11. says

    As a special needs cat, I can say that making fun of anyone in a mean spirit is not appreciated. I can make fun of my own stump, and I do, but calling a poor kitty retarded is just not cool. – Crepes.

  12. says

    Congrats on the good news Sparkle.
    Mom has come to the conclusion that there are folks who never ever learned to live by the Golden Rule of treating others as they would like to be treated. Hugs to you and Grumpy cat….
    Madi your bfff

  13. says

    I saw the Friskies video, and Oskar’s posts about the trip to/from making it. It was wonderful to see all five cats in the video and pawsome that they reached the goal so quickly.

    As for TMZ, fat tails and hisses to them for being so cruel. I have seen some posts about it saying “its just a cat”, “its just a joke”. I say, replace the word cat in the title with kid.

    Just a bunch of underachievers making fun (and being mean) about some beings differences.

    And paws up to you Sparkle for calling them on it.

  14. says

    TMZ does and says just about anything to get people to watch them….we don’t watch but know of the program….and they are for the most part tacky PERIOD. Whoever thought it might be fun to say what they did about a precious little cat like Grumpy Cat – without knowing anything about her obviously – made a bad and uninformed decision. Obviously the “T” in TMZ stands for TACKY. 👿

    Holiday Hugs, Sammy

  15. says

    We have never watched TMZ, thank heavens. They sound like terrible people or what ever they are. That is so sad. We think Grumpy Cat is so cute. All cats are cute in one way or another. People just get jealous. Take care. Thanks for tweeting about Baby Doll and Girl Kitty.

  16. says

    We are so glad there is good in this world to counter the bad…We love Grumpy Cat and think she is a precious, beautiful baby=she makes our Mommy smile…Happy weekend, sweet friends…kisses…Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

  17. says

    Good job, internet cats and Friskies. As for TMZ… big hiss to that behavior. Although the head peep may be the only cat person in the blogosphere who isn’t on the Grumpy Cat love train, there’s no reason to talk about anyone — human or otherwise — the way that those TMZ adolescents did about Grumpy Cat.

  18. Sue Brandes says

    How awful of TMZ. That is just cruel to pick on a poor kitty. Congrats to Friskies and everyone that helped to make it a success.

  19. says

    That’s so awesome that the Friskies video was such a success, and that all those rescues were helped. :)

    TMZ, how tasteless and horrible. I guess stupid is as stupid does…

  20. says

    2 pawz up fer all da cat food donated!!!
    2 pawz down fer TMZ…me n Mum not gonna waste anytime lookin at da video cause we wuud rtather look at yer bloggie n see da guud in da werld…we saw Grumpy Kat on Anderson Cooper n she iz a sweetie pie….
    Yer rite Sparkle dere iz guud n bad in Hu’manz….phankfully we haz GUUD onez WHO Lub us just as we are….purrfect!!
    Lub Nylablue xx

  21. says

    TMZ is mean to everyone and that is why I don’t like them. They are basically schoolyard bullies–making fun of everyone around them. The less attention we give them, they will not have jobs anymore. Let’s all just ignore them.


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