A few days ago, I read an article from the New York Post slamming Jessica Alba and her “Honest Company” products. I will disclaim that I am a customer of the Honest Company and I’ve been more than pleasantly surprised by the quality of the products I have used. But it wasn’t so much the insult that “my” products and choices were criticized, but the tone of the entire article that was so trite and opinionated, it made my stomach churn.
The author of the article was quite insistent about the fact that Jessica Alba is a liar and her insulting lies have built her a billion dollar industry. And no one should lie like that. Her stuff has chemicals in it after all. And Jessica uses scare tactics to gain customers built on lies and other falsehoods. And dammit, no one should fall for that! No one should ever buy her products. She’s an actress and should stick to that. And she should be ashamed of herself, fleecing the American public of their hard earned dollars based on being a prevaricator. How dare she!
Doesn’t every company do that though in an effort to make a buck? Don’t ALL companies make claims that they are the best, the only, the pinnacle? I’m the most honest, so you should trust me. I am very hard to get so you should be willing to pay whatever to get me. This actress uses my products so you could be as cool as her if you use them too. I was created on family values so if you use my competitor who isn’t well, you’re not family oriented. I can cure your disease, but be prepared there might be some side-effects for SOME people.
So why was the “Honest Company” singled out in this article and not other companies who make similar claims and who lie just as hard? Maybe because there is an actress heading it, not some faceless corporation. So, it’s easier to point fingers directly at her and vilify her because she has a face you can look at and try to demean and trash. And isn’t that what America has become as of late? Staring at someone else, judging them because they don’t agree with you and vilifying them to the point of making them irrelevant and hated? I’m tired of it.
And I’m especially tired of “journalists” taking this editorial approach to spewing un-cited “facts” not with the intention of creating questions in the reader and challenging them to make a choice, but to create a devilish, lying hoesbeast out of Jessica Alba (or insert anyone with any notoriety). It’s that push to “take a side” and if it’s not my side, it’s wrong and I will sully you, slander you and bully you until you admit you’re an idiot. I am so over it.
So, pick a product that is right for you. If you like “Honest Company” products, use them. Don’t be bullied not to. Do your research, find what works for you and your family. That’s why we are blessed to have so many choices here in America. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re a lesser person because you’ve chosen to use a product, support an idea, like a public figure, choose clothing you like, parent in the way you choose, follow a faith that you like, marry the person you choose. We are all individuals and we ARE in this country allowed to make our own choices. And we are deserving of the RESPECT for our choices and opinions even if someone else disagrees. Don’t let popular opinion tell you otherwise.
And for what it’s worth, “Honest Company” has the best stain remover ever created and their butt rash cream is better than anything else I’ve ever used (for the babies people – come on!). And that’s my opinion. Come vilify me for it, or respect me for it even if you disagree. I like that idea much, much better.