I just started a mafia! Who wants to join? I’m not sure if I’ll be getting into drugs or just stick with guns, but regardless it’s totally going to be gluten-free. First target: Those jerks who are making fellow celiac, Jennifer Esposito, lose her shit.
I’m not 100% clear on what the issue is, but it sounds like Esposito is in need of some consideration for her medical condition on the set of “Blue Bloods” on CBS. I also don’t know given the language and “official” statements if Esposito was forced out, or if she left on her own. Regardless, she’s saying it is the former and here’s her tweet on all of this noise:
“CBS PUT me on unpaid leave and has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doctor said you needed a reduced schedule due to Celiac,” she wrote. “CBS didn’t listen to my doc and I collapsed on set. Which everyone saw! After a week off my doc said I could return to work but CBS implied that I was NOT truly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise! It’s been almost two months without bringing me back to work + keeping Me from working anywhere else!… Absolutely shameful behavior.”
Take that, CBS! I think?
Since my husband is “in the biz” and will be totally annoyed that I just referred to him as such, I know that long hours are a given when you’re making the magic that is TV. Whatever Jennifer Esposito’s doctor is telling her to do, it obviously does not involve working 14 hour days.
As a fellow celiac, I know that we don’t all present the same in the way of symptoms. While I feel like I could work a 14-hour day — assuming I hadn’t just been gluten’d — I can’t speak for Ms. Esposito. In fact, when I was getting sick 8 — 10 times a day and had no idea what was happening, I totally quit my job. Or at least went part-time, because napping (aka, passing out in the middle of the day) is not conducive to full-time work.
Unfortunately most of us don’t really have the luxury of not working due to celiac symptoms. In fact, most of us work through them even when we wish we were dead. I am not endorsing this kind of martyrdom, I’m just stating a fact. It certainly doesn’t mean we should, and if we can advocate for ourselves, well, that’s what we should all do. Regardless, CBS should maybe look into some sensitivity training as it seems they’ve got enough management/talent conflicts over there to start their own reality show.
Have you ever had to leave your job because of that asshole, gluten?
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