Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Do Claymates REALLY Care About Autism?

Fans of Clay Aiken love to pride themselves on being a charitable lot.

They love to tout the "power" of "Claynation" to do good and then exclaim "look what love has done".

It would seem that for Claymates, love and charity only exist for them if it somehow benefits Clay Aiken, which would make them total hypocrites. Love and charity in the true sense, springs from the heart without needing motivation.

During the "Six Degrees"fundraiser, Claymates were beside themselves using multiple pay-pal accounts and desperately trying to get anyone they knew to donate in hopes of raising money for a program (BAF) that promotes inclusion of all children. Were they really trying to raise money for the children and the cause or was it only about making Clay Aiken a "winner"?

There were pages and pages on the ClayBoard about this fundraiser with members urging each other to give and some even offered to donate for those who could not afford to. That would "appear" to be "charitable", wouldn't it?

Why then, when the midnight hour came and the drive for matching funds was over, did all talk of donations stop? At midnight, did the people on CB all turn into pumpkins or did they just stop caring about the children at that point? More likely it was never about the children in the first place. It was all about Clay Aiken for them. It always is.

If Clay Aiken rips a fart in Memphis, there will be a 38 page thread about it on CB discussing whether it smelled like lilacs or gardenias, yet yesterday, a thread was started about an autism site, a cause supposedly close to the hearts of Claymates where there was a link to a video and for each time the video is viewed, money will be donated to "Autism Speaks", a reputable and respected charity for autism.

The link to the thread will be posted below and you will see what kind of outpouring came from the Claymates to it.


The link to the video site will also be posted below and I hope that everyone who reads and posts here will click on it and help raise money for research that can help autism be better understood.