So? you may ask.
Well, it's at times like this--when Tonya "makes the news"--that certain
people (media of communication, figure-skating moms, Tonya-bashers in general)
rise up and reinforce their own uninformed opinions by ridiculing Our Friend.
The media, as you know, love to run with any and all negativity that can be
pinned--however inaccurately--on Tonya. We, as people who care about her and
support her in many little ways, must also rise up and tout her honor.
Traditionally, whenever Tonya News has hit the street, Tonya fans have been
conspicuous by their silence. Naturally, dear reader, you aren't the one who
heads for the hills. It's all those other people, who should stand by Tonya, who
can't get out of town fast enough. Whenever Tonya Consciousness appears on the
horizon, we must get on our horses and ride-- not to the "rescue," which Tonya
seems to dislike (for reasons best known to herself), but rather to her support.
Get the idea? Okay. So let's do it! And let's do it NOW. One thing you can do is
go to the Columbian
site, enter the "Hot Topics" zone and leave a pro-Tonya message. (Check out the
one I left there.) Back in the days of The Tonya Harding Fan Club, which was
pretty much still the pre-internet era, some of us used to work our butts off
contacting big shots and sponsors and television networks and media moguls in
general--all in an effort to bring public support of Tonya to their attention.
It was hard work, but it often paid off. Well, nowadays it's much easier to do
this sort of thing. And here's how. (Of course, it takes a bit longer when you
have ancient equipment like mine.) Get onto your butts in front of your
computers, access the internet and FIND THOSE FIGURE-SKATING SITES. They're all
over the place. (My favorite ones, apart from the Tonya sites, are the Sarah
Hughes sites. But no matter.) And one of the best is Shallah's Passel of Polls,
here. Shallah, bless
her or his heart, has thoughtfully provided an excellent tool for democratic
expression. And, by the way, media gate-keepers know of these polls and read
them. There are all manner of categories pertaining to figure skating in
Shallah's polls. So go there and vote! Early and often! Some of Shallah's
categories allow one vote per day, others five (count 'em) votes per day. And
don't forget to sign the guest book. It's obvious to me that Shallah isn't a big
Tonya Harding fan, as categories such as "best jumper" and "most athletic" are
conspicuous by their absence. So, send an electronic-mail message to Shallah here and tout for Tonya. If there's a
category in which Tonya's name is absent (a "best" category, never a
"worst"category), add it on--if there's a window for that purpose. Then go to
Figure Skating Discussion here
and discuss! Then go to Support Figure Skating part one or part two and
do some work for Tonya. That site even has on-line petitions to the media! Go to
all the Tonya sites--to which you can find links here at theFriends of Tonya
Harding Society in PuppetLand-- and leave messages. Enter other figure-skater's
sites and leave messages. Those other figure skaters have major-league publicity
operations behind them, with hundreds of people willing to flood all internet
sites with supportive stuff, so let's get busy NOW and do the same thing for
Tonya. Now is the time! Not the day after tomorrow or next week. Our buddy Tonya
is the greatest figure-skater of all time--and she's a fine person, too (I know
from personal experience). So let's get cracking here! Massive public-support
for Tonya is not a luxury, IT'S A NECESSITY.