Keep Charlie and Joey Together on Australia's Home & Away! Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Rights!
3484 signatures so far!
Petition created by: Mag Melvy Jolie
This petition is to keep Home and Away's new lesbian couple, Charlie and Joey together, and to help people understand that Love is Love, pure and simple. It should transcend all barriers and prejudices. Just because society deems something wrong or abnormal, doesn't mean it is. People have to accept and embrace the fact that gays, lesbians and bisexuals are as human as any of us, and they have the right to fall in Love with whoever they want as well as to stay in that relationship happily just like everyone else.
PS: When you sign this, it'd be even better to both sign and comment. That way, if this makes it into the press, they'll get to see all your views and opinions. It'll be creating awareness and helping out the gay, lesbian and bisexual community too. THANKS!
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Details, Impact and Progress
I am going to post this link on YouTube first, since there are heaps of people there from all over the world who support Charlie and Joey. Their romance and relationship is something that can be used to educate others about what Love really is and how it should be.
I've now also sent the invite out to the Facebook group "I support Joey and Charlie." They've got 150 members and growing. I'm hoping to see all their signatures here.
I've just made people on Yahoo7 aware of this petition through the messageboards. This is the link: http://au.messages.yahoo.com/tv/haa/159136/
We've had 115 signatures in the last 6 hours now from YouTubers.
We now have 271 signatures and counting, less than 24 hours since this petition was created. (11.52am Singapore time)
My reply to ongoing debate on the Yahoo7 forums about this petition - I started the petition because I feel that True Love should transcend all barriers. It doesn't mean that just because men and women anatomically 'fit' each other that they should go together. Look at the soaring divorce rates and break-ups among couples. It is also a fact that there is a much lower percentage of heterosexual couples staying together for life than homosexual ones. Love should a last a lifetime and beyond that into eternity. So for me, I'm not going to fall in love with someone because of their physical disabilities or abilities, the colour of their skin, hair or eyes, their race, culture or religion, their gender; I'm going to fall in love with a person who makes me feel complete and whole, and who will be there by my side when I need them to be. For girl, you don't always find that in guys, and vice versa. If this were between two men, I'd still start a petition for them. And if one day, a girl walks into my life and I feel right about her and her about me, I'm not going slam that door in Love's face, because True Love doesn't come often, and when it does, you should at least give it a try. (3.19pm Singapore time)
Collated list of countries from whom people have signed this petition:
~ Australia (duh)
~ New Zealand (another duh)
~ South Africa
~ United Kingdom (yet another duh)
~ United States
That's a grand total of 30 countries! This is now officially a global petition to keep Charlie and Joey together and to raise awareness about homosexual and bisexual relationships. (3.56pm Singapore time)
367 signatures with 2 more countries added to the list!
~ South Korea
(6.25pm Singapore time)
Turkey has joined the list of countries, so now there are 33 countries in total. (7.29pm Singapore time)
Conservative China has also joined us now. Brilliant! 34 countries. (8.35pm Singapore time)
Islamic Malaysia just added on to the counrty list! 35 countries. 410 signatures. (9.23pm Singapore time)
Kim has started a "Drop the Charlie and Joey Together Storyline on Australia's Home & Away!" Petition on TIG as well. I'm glad to report it's not doing as well, with only 3 signatures so far. I've also replied to her petition - I'm the one who started the Keep Charlie and Joey Together Petition, and to quote you "The media should not force their opinions on people as young as children that watch this show. Just because the media deems something right or normal, it doesn't mean it is. People have a right to make their own minds up and form their own opinions without a TV show at family hour forcing it down our throats." The media is made up of people my friend, all sorts of people, some of whom are homosexual and bisexual and wish to express themselves. They're not forcing you to watch the show. If you don't think you want your kids watching it, turn the TV off and play a game with them. If you don't want to watch the Charlie-Joey parts, just turn the TV off for a minute or two while they show them. The media should cater to everyone and not discriminate. And you talk about what's "right and normal". May I ask, how does any human being have the right to judge that? Are we all not flawed? The majority in society has often been proven wrong, and so has "science" and "biology". Without Love, those two words are without meaning, because what do we always say makes up the human race? "Faith, Hope and Love" right? By censoring such relationships on TV, you don't just kill one of those words, you kill all three. It's not like you don't have a choice not to watch Charlie and Joey. I know you say you're not a hater, so thank you for that. But you obviously still have prejudices that need to be gotten rid off. You have never fallen in Love with someone of the same sex before, never been in that situation, so you don't understand. But such situations are very real, and they need our support, not our reluctance and marginalization. (9.51pm Singapore time)
Portugal just joined the country list, so now that's 36 countries. (10pm Singapore time)
Switzerland and Catholic Philippines have just joined the country list. 38 countries. 427 signatures. (10.27pm Singapore time)
Czech Republic has joined us on the country list as well. 39 countries. 436 signatures. (11.17pm Singapore time)
Japan has also joined us now. 40 countries. 446 signatures. (11.49pm Singapore time)
Hong Kong has just joined us. 41 countries. 495 signatures. (10.22am Singapore time)
United Arab Emirates have also joined us. 42 countries. 506 signatures. (10.34am Singapore time)
Jamaica and Israel have joined the countries list. 44 countries. 538 signatures. (4.03pm Singapore time)
Hungary just joined us as well. 45 countries. 565 signatures. (7.54pm Singapore time)
Argentina, Serbia and Spain have joined us now as well. 48 countries. 641 signatures. (11.51am Singapore time)
Ukraine has joined us. 49 countries. 693 signatures. (11.10pm Singapore time)
743 signatures now! To think this was started just a couple of days ago. (9.33am Singapore time)
I didn't spot this country earlier, but now I do. Nigeria joined us a day or two ago. Sorry about that. 50 countries. 752 signatures. (11.14am Singapore time)
Venezuela has now joined us too. 51 countries. 811 signatures. (3pm Singapore time)
Romania joined us on the countries list. 52 countries. 902 signatures. (8.02pm Singapore time)
India has joined us now. 53 countries. 1017 signatures. (10.11am Singapore time)
Someone on the Yahoo!7 forums passed some really negative comments on the petition, and I felt I just had to say something, so this is what I replied - To white_husky, I hope you do know that many more people got interested in H&A because of this storyline. People who lost interest in the show years ago came back, and people like me, who are NOT Aussies, New Zealanders or from the UK, took notice of H&A only after watching Charlie and Joey. Now H&A is more widely known, and that propels Australian TV to whole new level, so I think it's something to be proud of rather than to shun away from. And just like you are entitled to your own opinions, so are we, who support the storyline and homosexual and bisexual rights. This storyline is about homosexuality in society and how to deal with it, as well as the relationship between Charlie and Joey. There's no one without the other, which is why the petition supports both. Like I said, no one's forcing you to sign it. If I had said "You MUST sign it!!!" and stuff like that, I would understand if you took your objections out on me personally, but I've been open and understanding with my words, and I'm always cautious not to come across as demanding or coercive, so I don't think it was very nice of you to say that I'm abusing this site. Just like you, I have views to state, and I'm doing the petition because I feel in my heart it is right. It has reached out to over a thousand people. At least I'm doing something about prejudice and discrimination in this world. And I'm only one person. There are so many issues here that could do with petitions and awareness, like rape and drugs. For me, because homosexuality and bisexuality are closest to my heart, I chose to do it. I understand how both Charlie and Joey feel, and I can easily empathize with them. (8.28pm Singapore time)
Algeria joined us as well. 54 countries. 1148 signatures. (10.55am Singapore time)
Vatican City, aka the Holy See, has just joined us. That is the centre of the Catholic faith, so it's a huge achievement for the petition to have reached that far. 55 countries. 1171 signatures. (1.56pm Singapore time)
In the last 18 hours, Dominican Republic, Jordan and Seychelles have joined us on the countries list. That's 58 countries, 1282 signatures! (9.53am Singapore time)
Iran has joined us. 59 countries. 1325 signatures. (6.43pm Singapore time)
In the last 17 hours, the countries Belize, Panama, Thailand, and Russia have joined us. That's 63 countries, 1436 signatures. (12.22pm Singapore time)
At this point, the petition has garnered 1529 signatures. As people go out for the weekend, things online tend to get a little sluggish and just like last weekend, I figure that signature numbers will not jump as fast. However, thanks to a certain Tabby, as well as people at Charlie-Joey.com (http://z3.invisionfree.com/charliejoey/index.php?act=idx), I found out about 2 pieces of good news to cheer everyone up:
#1. The people at Home and Away and at Seven Network have definitely seen the petition and are possibly tracking it. On Yahoo!7, the official site of Home and Away, the petition has made it into the latest news.
#2. Digital Spy has also caught wind of the petition and Darren Rowe has written an article about it there. (http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a153716/fans-petition-to-save-home-and-away-couple.html)
This shows we are making good progress, so I would like to thank everyone who signed the petition and also those who have been glued to their computer screens tracking the petition and spreading the word around. Our aim is still 10,000, so do continue to share this. Now that you've seen the good news, don't get too worried when you don't see the numbers climbing over the weekend. (9.48 Singapore time)
I noted this yesterday, but forgot to mention it on here, so apologies for that. The exact same Digital Spy article has made it onto the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), which is a global search engine for anything to do with celebrities and their movies/TV shows.
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2608066/news#ni0757724) (11.44am Singapore time)
Over the weekend, 2 more countries, Angola and Pakistan, have joined us. That makes it 65 countries, 1654 signatures as of now. (9.53am Singapore time)
I woke up this morning and realized that tonight would be the last night Joey appears on H&A and we won't be seeing her for the next dreaded 3 months. However, we still have to keep this petition going strong so that we can hit our target of 10,000 in the next, hopefully, 2 months, and show H&A that it is worth bringing back Joey (Kate Bell) into Charlie's (Esther Anderson) life and keep her there permanently. Once again, I would like to thank everyone who has been spreading this petition around and who follow it religiously. I would like to specially mention:
#1. Jamie Zelene Glades, who is one of my closest friends. She lives in the UK, which is countries away from Singapore, but she nonetheless supports me in all that I do, and has been the one in the past 2 weeks who has sent over a thousand mails and comments to YouTubers with regards to this petition.
#2. Tabby and all those at Charlie-Joey.com who have given me and the Charlie-Joey storyline so much support, and constantly encourage me to do more than I have already done with their kind and warm words. I hope I'll get to meet the lot of you someday in the not-too-distant future.
#3. Shannon Castle, the creator of the "I support Charlie and Joey" Facebook group, who spread the word on the petition to all members of the group and posted the link on the group's profile.
#4. Darren Rowe from Digital Spy for writing the article on the petition.
#5. Traceve, whom I forgot to mention much earlier before, who spread this petition to the Back to the Bay forums. She posted it here: http://www.backtothebay.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=35247&st=20&start=20 at the bottom of the page.
#6. Bebo user "Home and Away is Klass" for linking the petition on his/her profile page.
#7. Siobhan for promoting the petition on Yahoo! ANSWERS.
As of now, we have 1769 signatures from 65 countries. Let's keep it going! (11.24am Singapore time)
Aruba joined us on the countries list. 66 countries. 1933 signatures. That's a huge spike over the last 24 hours, probably due to yesterday's final Joey episode. Hopefully, the petition will bring her back in the next 3 months. (12.04pm Singapore time)
It has come to my attention that some people are trying to sign the petition more than once, and a certain person has also been coming back daily and adding fake signatures to the petition. In case you're wondering how we know, we have managed to track these suspicious signatures back to the same internet address. I have promptly deleted such signatures as I want this petition to be as accurate a reflection as possible of the number of people who support the Charlie-Joey storyline as well as homosexual and bisexual rights. Please do not attempt to fake signatures or to sign the petition more than once as such actions can be traced and reported. (6.32pm Singapore time)
Continuing the special mention list from two days ago, I would like to add my gratitude to two more people:
#8. MissToastie for spreading the petition to members and readers of "Come Clarity, a Home & Away fanfic".
#9. Stephanie Walsh for putting the petition link on bebo.com's "Home and Away - The Hottest Gossip".
We now have a total of 2099 signtaures from 66 countries. We've got about 2 more months to achieve the penultimate goal of 10,000, so let's keep spreading the word around. (11.13am Singapore time)
2230 signatures at this point. That's a pretty big spike from 24 hours ago. As usual, expect figures to get sluggish since the weekend is coming up. Also, I would like to advise people to use their real names instead of those of celebrities or your own aliases online. Using such fake names tends to make the petition suspicious and disbelievable, and that's the last thing we want. But aside from that, thanks for signing and good job spreading the word around everyone! (2.05pm Singapore time)
Over the weekend, 4 more countries have joined us, namely:
~ American Samoa
We now have 2496 signatures from 70 countries! Please continue to spread the word around. We're trying to hit 3000 signatures by this Friday. (9.46am Singapore time)
Ecuador and Isle of Man have joined us on the countries list. That's now 2528 signatures from 72 countries. (10.33 am Singapore time)
We may not be able to hit 3000 signatures by this weekend. Jamie, who has been tirelessly sending out the petition to YouTubers, called to say she's got a high fever and will not be near her computer anytime soon. We all hope that she'll get well as soon as possible, but in the meantime, I've been writing a fanfiction at Charlie-Joey.com entitled "Love Isn't Blind", so if you're interested, you can over there to read it. (9.21am Singapore time)
Since the last update, Zimbabwe has joined the countries list. We now have 2707 signatures from 73 countries. Jamie is still unwell, and I'm pretty busy this week, so we might not have time to spread the petition around, so don't worry too much if you see numbers remaining stagnant. In the meantime, you can head over to Charlie-Joey.com to read some fanfiction (most of them are pretty good). If you're looking out for the one I wrote, it's entitled "Love Isn't Blind". I update it whenever I can, so if you're hooked, keep checking back. (12.54pm Singapore time)
Anguilla and Poland have joined us on the countries list. That's 2847 signatures from 74 different countries! I do believe many of those signatures are from Charlie-Joey.com where I write my fanfiction, so here's a shout-out to all of you there from me to say THANKS! (10.11am Singapore time)
We have passed the 3000 mark now, which is fantastic! Qatar has joined us on the countries list, so that's 3008 signatures from 75 countries! Also, I need to another thank you note to someone...
#10. ausgirl87 aka Jaz, who posted the link on About.com.
(10.46am Singapore time)
I know it's been a long time since my last update, and I feel terrible for that. So here goes...We have some really bad news. It is confirmed that Kate Bell, who plays Joey Collins, is unlikely to return due to her other projects taking priority. (This can be found on the official Home and Away website.) Also, there have been rumours that it is highly likely that Charlie and Angelo will get back together. Of course, those of us who loved the Charlie-Joey relationship are enraged by this. Stacey, the founder of Charlie-Joey.com is planning to start another petition site for Charlie to embrace her bisexuality/homosexuality and get together with another woman instead. Naturally, Jamie and I will both be its avid supporters. Nevertheless, we still urge you to continue signing this petition as we never know what the future holds, and you know the saying "Where there's a will, there's a way."? Well, maybe if enough of us will Joey to come back to Summer Bay, she just might do so one day. (9.08pm Singapore time)
It's been more than a month since I last updated this page and I must apologize. In any case, it doesn't seem like Joey will be coming back to Joey. However, there are still a great many Charlie-Joey fans out there who are hoping against hope that somehow, the two might reunite. That's the spirit people!!! Keep hoping and never call it quits!!! Right now, there are 3202 signatures from 75 countries, so despite it being a very slow upward climb, we're getting there, and at the end of the day, it's not so much the destination we've reached, but the journey we took to get there. (10.50am Singapore time)
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