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  1. I have avoided the ToonKriticY2K thread for the past several days. I noticed that it very much turned into a Debate Pit-esque thread in which a few members of our forum community (who will not be named) have lashed out. And it is completely understandable that they are having difficulty dealing with the disgusting actions of a prominent member of the fandom as a whole. I wanted to let all of this process for a bit before saying something apart from merely condemning ToonKritic's actions, which I have already done on a few occasions. About a week ago, I first learned about Toon's actions via a video that gave a basic rundown of the situation. I have been a brony for over 3 and a half years now. I often took to the internet for my fix of pony-related content long before I even made a Poniverse account. During that time, I grew to enjoy the brony analysis community on YouTube: their personalities, their unique insights, and above all, their passion for what they love. While I wasn't really a fan of ToonKritic's content from his own channel, I certainly recognized him from the wide array of collaborations that he did with other people in the analysis community. I even came across some of his writing on Fimfiction and enjoyed what he brought to the table. It pained me to find out what Toon has been doing behind the scenes. And at first, I didn't even know the full extent of what had been happening. I looked into the situation even more and eventually I learned that ToonKritic had been engaging in similar illicit acts with minors for more than a decade. I already knew that what he had done was heinous and has no place in not only this fandom, but a civil society. But as I dug deeper, things began to look even worse. I am incredibly ashamed of members of this fandom who have allowed such perverse activities, no matter how serious they actually were, to continue for a long time. I am ashamed of members of the fandom, specifically the analysis community, who learned about the full extent of ToonKritic's sexual abuse of minors, and kept their mouths shut about it until a Skype call and various screenshots of Toon's interactions with his victims were leaked. Pedophilia, and indeed ALL forms of sexual abuse or harassment, are not something to be taken lightly. There are victims whose livelihoods were shattered by the actions of a manipulative child sexual predator. They will forever have to live with the memories of this man taking advantage of them. Justice needs to be served, but that alone is not enough. What about other people who have suffered at the hands of members of this fandom? It is an odd coincidence that a thread about pedophilia and underage dating in the MLP Forums community showed up in the Feedback section over a week before ToonKritic's behavior was made public. And this reminded me that incidents of a similar nature have happened close to home. This community is made up of people from their teens all the way to their 40s. In a setting where adults are grouped with and allowed to interact with minors, then there is a risk of abuse. I'm not saying that the majority of adult users of this forum would do such a thing. I'm not stereotyping adult users of the site, because I myself am a 20 year old. But it appears to me that in some way, shape, or form, there have been underage members of this very community who were victimized by older users (who were then given appropriate consequences). And that hurts. Yes, the fandom has proven time and time again to be a force for good and positivity in the world. It has broken down barriers. It has changed lives for the better, like my own. It has been a light in the lives of many people in this dark world. But every group is going to have its bad apples. If we won't bring to light and discuss the truth that sexual abuse can and does exist within this fandom, then how are we going to fix the problem? While the fandom has been a wonderful thing for many people, staying silent about a problem we are aware of for the sake of preventing controversy is a disaster waiting to happen. What do you care about more? The public's view of a fandom that is honestly already stigmatized to begin with, or the innocent young people who have fallen victim to abusers who just so happened to be bronies? So in light of the ToonKritic mess, I have this to say to the members of this forum, and indeed all members of this fandom who may happen to lurk on the site without being active contributers. If you are being victimized by a member of this forum, this fandom, or anybody else, then there are people you can reach out to for support. We have administrators and other staff here who have dealt with abusive situations within the community before. There are authorities who can help you get out of an unsafe situation. And I honestly believe that there are good people within this very community who you can talk to and who will be there to support you. You are not alone. As for myself? I have noticed quite a bit of talk--not just here, but indeed across all places on the internet where bronies congregate--about leaving the fandom behind in light of the controversy. I will not be leaving the fandom as a result of the actions of people like ToonKritic. I believe that it is your choice, and your choice alone, to stay or to leave. If you no longer feel comfortable in the fandom, then I respect that. But I am incredibly ashamed of the members of the community who have committed such acts of abuse, and who let such things slide without making it clear that there is a problem. I sincerely hope that together, we can tackle this problem head-on, and foster not just a forum community, but a fandom with no tolerance for sexual abuse, harassment, or misconduct in any form, as well as a positive culture that seeks to empower the individual fans in the community and make a positive difference in their lives. -------------------------------------- So, with that, I thank you for reading this. I didn't plan on it being this long, but I needed to vent and express my thoughts on the matter.
  2. I know I haven't been on the site for awhile. I've neglected my other forums as well, and I've missed my friends. But as some of you know by my last blog, my mother met a man in may on the internet, went to visit him for a month in august, and 6 days after knowing him she married him. Since then, life just became a hell fest frankly. With my mother trashing my character, and acting as if I was the strange one for being concerned for her safety...you know, marrying a man you just met is a little abnormal. Midway through September, she informed me that she was moving at the end of October, and that I was not coming with her, and I needed to find a place to live, and that it was none of her concern what happened to me. I am chronically ill and disabled, so I don't have an income, which put me in a serious position. Pretty much, she was punishing me for some nonexistent infraction. I've had to change my number, and have been dealing with lots of abusive letters from family, and family friends who have started attacking me. It's been horrible, and has drained me of my energy and joy. Some of you may know what my mother is really like, some of you may only have known she got married unexpectedly and was being really mean. But to say that my family is cruel, is very spot on. To give you a bit of perspective of what I've been dealing with in my home. My mother is a narcissist, manic depressive, has bipolar disorder, and is a hoarder. My home has since I can remember, been filled to the brim with things. I wont go into details, but it's been a toxic and verbally abusive life with my mother. I had packed my things, and was attempting to work on commissions to get money to survive. My mother, spent most of her time on her laptop, ignoring packing completely- but it wasn't my problem to help her. So when the night came that we needed to move out, I did what she told me to do which is 'worry about yourself, you're an adult and not my problem anymore'. So my friend and I dealt with everything that was mine. My grandma came despite me saying I was not ok with it since she's elderly, and my mom and grandma were packing. My mother wasn't packed at all, and had to leave in 5hrs for the airport. She hadn't got her shipping labels in order, my mom got herself a u-haul truck, and my friend and I had to take all my stuff by my car. Well, by the 3rd time we came to my house to get a load of stuff, things had descended into complete anarchy, and my mother was having what I could only describe as a psychotic break, and I didn't feel safe in my home anymore and my friend, who'd grown up in an abusive household and is very protective of me, took charged and wanted me to leave immediately for my safety. So my friend and I got my animals, I took my most important boxes and bags, and we left with the intent to get the rest of my things the next day as the house wasn't being cleaned out till the 2nd of November. Around 2hrs later, when my mom was being taken to the airport for Alaska, she sent me this. "Bravo. Well done. You win. You got your revenge on me, and kudos on the bonus of having your 81yr old grandmother in the position to move furniture. You promised to help. So- here is everything. How does it feel? All yours. We got you a storage unit, and a truck, so we don't have the money to change my ticket. 1800Junk will be there on Nov 2 to clean everything out. Good Luck." Of course none of these accusations are true. But this is what narcissists do- everything is always everyone else's fault. Everyone is expected to drop what they are doing to assist the narcissist or you are the enemy, and because I finally stood up and said 'enough of the abuse' I have been getting vile and horrible messages from family and family friends who have heard the heavily edited story my mother has been telling them. The storage unit that was suppose to be mine was closed, thank goodness I had nothing in there or I literally would have lost everything. I came back to the house the next day to get my stuff, and everything was there. She packed and took absolutely nothing with her, and the house is jam packed with stuff. As I stated before- my mother is a hoarder, and collected vintage things. I've spent the past couple of days, literally going through box after box, in every room with my best friend, and 7 members of his wife's church. All in an attempt to save family heirlooms, genealogy, and photos...all my baby pictures I found in the trash. I've saved what I can, but just like the house, I was thrown away like garbage. I was coping pretty well, trying to keep it together so I could finish the task of packing up the most important items. The final day my best friend and I were at the house getting the final items I needed, when all of a sudden my grandma just showed up. She showed up to clean out the fridge...talk about priorities. I will go into details later, but I had a break down, and my friend had to get me to his house quickly. I couldn't handle it anymore. I was sobbing and crying in his arms, and all my grandma could do is pat me roughly on the back and say 'oh, that's to bad' and walk away. My friend has some WORDS with my grandmother after that as he was so furious at how she was treating me. It's hard to consider myself a victim of abuse even though I had been for most of my life. No one likes to feel like they aren't in control, and it can blind you to the truth. But when a dozen people who I've never met, entered into my home, and looked around, and look at the hoard, and the fact that she left me, and threw my baby pictures away, and they can say 'A sick mind lived here' it's really shaken me, and opened my eyes. You never know what peoples homes are like, and even what condition your friends live in. Not everyone has a good family life, and not all parents appear like vile monsters in public, some can appear to be completely likable and fun- my mother was that. Untreated mental illness destroys families, and the victims of abuse have hard time recognizing there own situation. I'm hoping to come to terms with the sort of life I've lived, and that my life was not normal. I want to thank all of you who not just ordered commissions and let me put them on hold while I deal with all this, but also those of you that selflessly donated money to me in my time of need- it saved me. It's wonderful to know there are good people out there that care. I hope someday I can come to terms with it, and learn to better myself. I'm mostly hoping that with me sharing this, and also future journals and pictures, that people in the same situation will realize that things can change and get better. Once you get away from your abuser(s), you can learn to blossom. ~Anti~ PS: A special thanks to the Mormon church for helping an Atheist in need.
  3. How plausible do these theories seem? There was an all-adults party back then in Cloudsdale and everypony had some "guilty fun". But the adults soon regretted and became ashamed of what happened. The foals heard Freudian slips like "play rough" and "tough fun". And that's why many of the foals at Flight Camp came of as jerks. They weren't really cruel. They just got confused and mislead. Trixie was underrated for nearly her whole life, despite being a great show pony. Even when Trixie finally got an official career, she still got little to no notice. And soon, Trixie didn't get anypony's attention. She was alone, on the stage, looking at the lifeless rows of seats. Overtime, Trixie got mentally tormented by rows of quiet, empty seats. So Trixie became a travelling showpony. Trixie did what she did to obtain and maintain an audience.
  4. In my fanfic, my preferred ending (you can choose one of four timelines) is when Discord and Screwball (his daughter) escort Shelby to a spot where he is supposed to be taken home to Earth. Yet, in this Equestria, it's mired in a civil war, and some Aliens were the ones who mind-controlled most of all the sapient beings who live there. Oh, and the Aliens had technology powerful enough to limit Discord's powers to whatever circumstances only they wish. Every time anyone dissents against the aliens, even the Princesses as well, they will be briefly electrocuted. Considering Discord's manipulative, and wicked, personality (in the fanfics, he is reformed), how will Discord treat the Shetland pony along the way, amid the base trespassings, encounters with the psychotic Solar Empire/New Lunar Republic ponies (all waiting to catch him and exploit him for their axe-crazy ends), and the one barely-escape from Krastos the Glue-Maker? Tl;dr: If Equestria were to be split into civil war between the Two Princesses and Queen Chrysalis, and all the ponies (minus Screwball and Lauren Faust, the latter imprisoned in a space fortress) are axe-crazy psychos, and the aliens order Discord to escort Shelby to the Canterlot Maze (where a portal to Earth is supposedly located there): How will he treat Shelby, the Shetland Pony?
  5. I am a human. No, I am a male going through highschool. I am a sentient creature. I like to consider myself a revolutionary. Someone who fights the norm. (Wait isn't that a rebel)Someone that tries to encourage and motivate different behavior or action. As a student suffering from multiple different kinds of disorders that screw with the way I behave, I have an extremely strong sense of justice and ambition. These disorders include Sensory Processing Disorder, OCD, ADHD and anxiety. Are these a curse? Nope, just a part of who I am. I'm just giving you the background information so you can understand where I'm coming from. Because I believe as humans we should aim to understand one another before accusing, lashing out or sentencing to any form of judgement. I cannot take it anymore. Over the past few months, this last month especially, I have watched brilliant people, friendly people that love to help others, with their own enjoyments and passions, get treated like total and utter garbage. As if they were all rats and scoundrels. I recently wrote an essay for English class about Lord of the Flies. (OOOH YES EVERYONE LOVES THAT BOOK.) We were asked to write about human nature. I've always known something about humans and that is that we have the potential to be absolutely savage to each other regardless of what we would have others do to us. Something has happened to a place that used to be my home. It is no longer a bright place where opinions are respected and used correctly. It is no longer a world where I look forward to going to after school. I now fear opening my "Private Message" list to see what hate mail awaits me next. I now fear visiting the moderator skype groups to see what links to horrid posts by members directed at us have been made available. Most of us are introverts. Introverts by not our own will, but for our own mental safety. By us, I think it should be fairly obvious I mean the moderators and I. At school I am one of the most extroverted and outspoken students in my grade of 120 people. Before I became a staff member or moderator I was frequently involved and loved to talk to people. I no longer enjoy this because just about anything I say can be taken and used against me. Everything I do someone or some people will hate me for it. The MLP Forums has developed a subtle form of cyber-bullying that I never dreamed possible in a community like this. You are bronies. You watch a show initially aimed at children, but found a passion and concept behind it you loved because many of you have been through experiences in the past that made you appreciate the morals and themes MLP:FiM has brought to its audience. This kind of thing brings people together, and causes us to relearn things we should have learned when we were younger. It unites us into a group of people who have things to share and things to relate to. Hahaha, no. None of us have "learned" anything. All we've learned is how to abuse "freedom of speech" and "opinion" into weapons of absolute desecration against other human beings. Let me explain to you about one of my favorite elements of harmony since obviously it wasn't clear enough in the show. Honesty: Free of deceit; truthful and sincere. Honesty is the act of telling the truth. Applejack demonstrates this well, especially in the recent Season 4 Premier. (SPOILERS) When Applejack tells Twilight she should leave the forest, she was being honest. She didn't say "Twilight get the hell out of here. Me and all the rest of your friends think you should go and that we don't need you for this." She instead explained her reasoning and said things nicely because she values Twilight's feelings. She's not going to stomp on them. Sugarcoating? Pardon my french but that's total BS. This is called compassion and care. If you think a certain person "should go die in a hole" then you're not displaying a single piece of compassion. (orly?) This brings us to our next element. Kindness: Don't tell me your favorite pony is Fluttershy because your actions say otherwise. Kindness is the act of simply being nice, displaying care for someone and going out of your way for them. True kindness is doing this regardless of who it is. "How do I show kindness to someone I absolutely despise?" This is called forgiveness. Which brings me to... Generosity: Rarity is fabulous and there's no denying that. She adores her own fabulous-ness and doesn't deny that herself. Then why would she cut off her own tail and give it to a sea serpent she knew nothing about until 15 seconds earlier? This is true generosity. Giving something someone may not even deserve, regardless of who they are. That takes heart. Oh hey, I just discovered why the 6th element of harmony is magic. Because in this world, it takes true magic for the traits of the other five elements to truly shine. I have never met a single person with all 5 traits. I've never met someone who is completely honest, kind, generous, loyal and has humor (laughter.) Never to such an extent as FiM displays. I dream of meeting people like the mane 6. I have not ever found a place with many people like this. Not even here on the MLP Forums. It's unfortunate that the MLP Forums has stooped to the point of using opinions as weapons, and bullying people that are trying to help. It's unfortunate being a moderator is a hate-sentence now. It's unfortunate I accepted my position in the first place. I am here now to ask everyone just a few questions. If your closest friend was being mistreated, would you stick up for them? Could you bear to see someone being tortured right before your eyes? Why do you really like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? When was the last time you apologized for hurting someone in any way? Some of you may be surprised by your own answers. If you answer, answer honestly. Not for your image. Not to make yourself look good. If you take anything away from this rant, may it be this. Stop being hypocrites and start acting like the lovable ponies we love so much Take action before you lose the opportunity to have something beautiful here, because you may never get the chance again. MLP Forums is approaching 20,000 members. Stop complaining about how bad the forums are and do something about it. Something honest. Something kind. Something generous. "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not." ~ Dr Seuss P.S. The only reason I am still a moderator here, is for two reasons. 1. I would like to try my hardest to restore the MLP Forums I knew as much as possible, and 2. I am the project manager of Canterlot Arcade and need the presence for the forum section that will follow it.
  6. This is a Saddark fiction. I am so sorry, Celestia. Fluttershy was sitting in her kitchen. "Come on, Angel Bunny, these carrots are delicious." She was trying to coax Angel to eating his dinner. "Please?" Angel responded by flipping the plate of carrots into the air. "Eat it." Angel shook his head. Fluttershy was losing her patience. "Angel. Eat your dinner." Another head shake. Fluttershy gave him The Stare. Angel shoved the carrot into his mouth. "Good boy, Angel!" Fluttershy praised him. "Fluttershy, are you home?" Came a voice. "I-I'm coming." The shy pony creaked open the door. "Oh, hello, Twilight." Twilight was standing in the doorway. "Are you worried you're going to be tardy? Because your mane is a lit---" "SSH!" Twilight put a hoof to her mouth. "I'm trying to be the only element." Fluttershy's eyes widened. "Wha..what?" Twilight stepped closer. "I'm gonna be the only Element--The Element Of Friendship!" Twilight squeed. "And I'm starting with you." Fluttershy let out a shrill yelp as Twilight launched herself at the defenseless Pegasus. Twilight pounded her hooves into Fluttershy's face, grinning as Fluttershy's nose bled onto her relentless hooves. "Twilight--" She gasped in pain, "What are you doing?!" Twilight cackled. "Killing you!" Fluttershy flailed her hooves at Twilight, who paid no attention to the weak blows. "Now stop moving and it'll be faster!" Twilight screeched. "No! Neveeer!" Fluttershy yelped. Twilight pounded her harder. "Oowww..." Fluttershy's weak blows were getting weaker. "Hahahaha! Die, Failureshy, DIE!!" Fluttershy squeaked in pain. "STOP IT!!!" Four voices rang out. "Buck you, You pathetic mista---" Twilight was launched off of her crying victim. "Don't EVER hurt her again!" Came a screech. Rarity gave Twilight a crazy judo-kick to the jaw. Applejack and Pinkie helped Fluttershy to her hooves, blood pooling below her. "I-it was...blood...pain..k-kill me.." The traumatized pony mumbled. Pinkie hugged her, crying. "I-it's okay Shy, yer safe now." Applejack comforted her. Rainbow Dash and Rarity were holding Twilight down. "LET ME GO, YOU ANIMALS! I MUSSSST KILL HEERRR!" The insane pony screamed. Fluttershy had collapsed, her shattered muzzle pouring blood. Applejack and Pinkie were laying beside her, comforting the scarred pony as best as they could. "S'okay, sugarcube, Ah'll keep her away." Applejack told her. Fluttershy spoke in gibberish. "I can keep you safe, Fluttershy." Pinkie hugged her. "NO! NONE OF YOU CAN! SHE WILL DIIEEE, LIKE THE REST OF YOU!" Twilight yelled. "You have a right to remain silent, you BRUTE." Rarity punched the screaming unicorn. Rainbow frowned. "I can't believe you." She told Twilight. "You're a monster, you're a second Discord. Buck you forever, you horrible equine." Dash gave her the what-for. "Y'all call the police, We're takin' Shy to tha hospital." Applejack said. "Yeah. Call the princess. I'm sure she'd LOVE to hear what her star student did today." Pinkie said. "Ah said police. But call the princess too." The two Earth ponies and the ruined Pegasus left the cottage. Rarity reached Fluttershy's phone. "Darling, how does this work?" She asked. "Gently and carefully." Rainbow replied. Rarity began pressing buttons. "Hello? Yes, Twilight tried to kill Fluttershy. Mm hmm. Okay. At her cottage. Mm hm. Bye." Rarity hung up. "They're on their way." Rainbow Dash nodded. "Good. This brat needs to be taught a lesson." Seconds later, alarms were heard. "We're coming in! Sit tight!" The policeponies burst in. "Where'd it happen?" One asked. Rarity pointed to a pool of blood. "There, darling." She told him. The policeponies hauled Twilight off, kicking and screaming. ******** A few weeks later, Fluttershy was healing nicely. Apart from a broken leg and her nose, she only had a few bruises. Her friends brought her flowers and board games and Pinkie brought a lot of treats. When Fluttershy left the hospital, she walked by the library with Pinkie. "Hey, it's all boarded up." Fluttershy noted. "That's cause Twilight had to move back to Canterlot." Pinkie explained. "Oh. Wonderful." Fluttershy said. "Now I'm safe." Hope You Enjoyed! Again, I'm so sorry, Celestia.
  7. im very interested in becoming a child abuse counselor and would like some suggestions on child abuse fiction/non fiction to read to help me understand it from a victims perspective can any pony list some books in that area of literature?
  8. Spike is no doubt the number one assisstant for Twilight Sparkle. He does everything asked of him and more, from cooking and cleaning to climbing three-story high bookshelves just to retrieve a dictionary. But we've all seen the daily amount of abuse he takes at the hooves of Twilight. Whether she's dragging him into a furniture face-plant with her levitation skills or just outright lecturing him on things any sane person wouldn't give a second thought, Spike has to put up with an awful lot because of his not-so-stable friend's whims and worries. If you had to be Spike for a day, could you handle this kind of ragdoll treatment?
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    Watch this: I'm too tired (and short on time) to go into excessive detail about why it is important to know what you're buying and where it comes from, but I think the video does a good job of explaining it. Feel free to do more research on the subject. It's not only Nike. Maybe you might check out other companies, such as HASBRO and its workers. Start a discussion about your thoughts. This guy (Jim Keady) is still hard at work to get LIVING WAGES for Nike sweatshop employees. These people deserve better. Here's and interesting statement on their Diversity & Inclusion page (Found under "Contact" on Nike's website): "Most companies embrace diversity. Not Nike. We soak it up. We squeeze it out. We want it to drip over everything Nike does. Because without diversity of opinion, diversity of background, diversity of perspective, the Idea grows fallow. Or worse, it vanishes altogether. The mission is to harness diversity and inclusion to inspire ideas and ignite innovation. And you know as well as anyone: if there is no Idea, there is no Nike." -Nike Do you see the irony in this? No. I'm not letting this thread die because of some current post overtaking it. BUMP.