Yesterday Kelly Rippa was interviewing Christopher Walken about his upcoming movie Seven Psychopaths, wherein she refers to the types of dogs, a gangster would take by saying “But the gangster’s dog is uh, I mean if it’s a gangster it would have to be a dangerous, uh, Pit Bull kind of dog, right?” now here’s a clip I found on YouTube:
Ok, I certainly do not claim to be the defender of all things ignorant or stupid, and her comment was pretty ignorant, but what we really have here is a woman, who at worst is uneducated about the breed. She has possibly read to many things from websites like (insert laughter here) Dogsbite.org or any of the other hype mongers out there. But it doesn’t make her evil, or even mean, and it certainly doesn’t mean she hates pit bulls. People like Kelly I can live with, because their hearts and minds can be opened, can be changed through exposure and education.
It’s the real haters, the Colleen Lynn (Holder’s) and the Ingrid Newkirk’s, of the world that I can’t stand! Because their motivation is driven by money and hate, or both! Placing Miss Rippa in their company by saying she slams pit bulls, or hates them is truly unfair!
Let’s face facts here folks, it’s not like the wonderful family pet pit bulls, bully’s, staffy’s and mixes, who live uneventfully but happily with a “fam” in the “burbs” makes the most headlines now is it?
No, it’s the dog fighter, drug dealers, food stamp fraudsters, and all around sludge of society, including neglectful or possibly abusive owners that make the headlines with their pit bulls! After all to them making a mean pit bull keeps your stash safe and gives you that all important “street cred.”
So to be fair to Miss Rippa I think everyone needs to take a HUGE step back and analyse how we as responsible loving owners want to discuss and address situations like this, rather than jumping on the attack band wagon (keep in mind here she’s not McDonalds, she didn’t deliberately use the pit bulls negative stereotypes to gain media attention.) She did make a big mistake, that’s for sure, but by immediately attacking someone rather than writing to them, and asking them to show our dogs, the good dogs, offering to introduce and educate them/her about the breed, many of you have chosen to launch for the throat so to speak, and frankly, that once again paints Pittie, bully, and staffy owners as “aggressive, dominating, and bullying” NOT the image I personally want conveyed about me or my dog.
So to Miss Rippa I offer this… Any time you want to come and experience “Pit Bull Awareness at my house you are more than welcome to come on over and say hey! We don’t bite!
Let’s remember friends it’s “Pit Bull Awareness Month” So let’s try spread the right message! and have understanding for others that may be ingnorant or uneducated about our dogs, give them the benefit of the doubt, some may surprise you!