There was a story in Newsday yesterday (5/30/11) “Mom urges gluten-free Girl Scout cookie” reporting that Dix Hills Mom Stacy Malinow is helping her 7 year old daughter petition the Girl Scouts of America to start making a gluten-free cookie. While this story in and of itself would make my blog- originating right here on Long Island, what really caught my eye was the 64 (as of current) comments posted online below the article which has created quite a stir online in the comments section.
The overwhelming majority of the comments are harsh, negative and down right mean towards the subjects of the story, the celiac community and those on a gluten-free diet. Some outright bash this poor Mom and her SEVEN-year-old daughter! There are a few positive ones, some trying to help educate others who are not familiar with Celiac Disease (noting that it is actually a “disease”) and calling people out on their rude comments. But it really shocked me that people would have such a strong reaction to a story like this. I understand if people do not think that it would be important for the GSA to offer a gluten-free cookie, although, I would be one to buy them, but if I didn’t I do not think that I would go to such measures to attack someone else trying to get something to help a child.
Some of the comments did speak to helping the child celebrate for the things she can have (with the advancement in the gluten-free world, there are plenty of options, local and national so that it is becoming much more commonplace), but c’mon people- take this article for what it’s worth… no need to get up in arms about it. I am truly saddened by this attack on this family for just trying to do something that they felt would benefit their child and other children with Celiac Disease. Mrs. Malinow, I along with the rest of the gluten-free community I’m sure, think you did a great thing!
You can view article online at: http://www.newsday.com/news/health/mom-urges-gluten-free-girl-scout-cookies-1.2914127