Tonight, author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, who for the last week has been blogging and commenting about her disappointment with the TV script adaptation of her novel, The Dirty Girls Social Club, has asked her readers to “Please refrain from bashing NBC on this issue.”
The blog post, which includes an image of a dove and peacock, begins with the following statement:
As my efforts to see the best possible version of my novel THE DIRTY GIRLS SOCIAL CLUB made for the small screen becomes less a battle for public opinion and more a true-blue legal case, I have chosen to respect NBC’s wishes that I remove my posts about the issue for now — even though copyright law offers exceptions and limitations for commentary in the public interest.
The post concludes with this statement:
As soon as this situation is resolved, I will alert you all to the outcome. Depending upon the outcome, the posts I’ve removed will [sic] either be remanded to the dustbin of time (and google cache – doh!) or they will be reposted with updates.
What I do know is that people are listening, and that there is, indeed, compassion and empathy and intelligence to be found in Hollywood, if you know where to look.
Now I have a favor to ask of you all: Please refrain from bashing NBC on this issue, on my behalf, for now. We don’t know what the future holds. We have ears and hearts open to us at the moment, and this is good news.
Valdes-Rodriguez also said that the script is still in development and that there is always a chance that changes and revisions will be happening. She specifically mentioned two executives at NBC who respected her work and also acknowledged that NBC has made positive movement in promoting Latino talent at the network.
The tone of this blog post is quite different from her previous posts and tweets about this subject. It is clear to us that this olive branch post is the legal equivalent of a possible return to the table to see if a more mutually agreeable outcome can be found. During the last few days, supporters of Valdes-Rodriguez had been criticizing NBC on their social media streams.
It has been an interesting holiday break indeed for Valdes-Rodriguez, and we’re sure that more will be happening. In the meantime, there is no doubt that NBC is trying to cut off momentum on what could have been a social media frenzy against the network.
We still have some questions that we will continue to monitor, such as:
Will Valdes-Rodriguez be deleting her older individual tweets and updates from her social networks that specifically address NBC?
Will she be updating and revising her previous blog posts to reflect this new development? UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 1, 2011: The blog posts related to this story have been taken down from Valdes-Rodriguez’s official blog.
Will her social network follow her lead and allow for NBC and Valdes-Rodriguez to reach a compromise?
This new statement is a stark contrast from the one Valdes-Rodriguez wrote last week. We think it speaks a desire among all parties to come up with a positive resolution.