A new documentary has caused quite a stir over the last few days in the parent blogging community.
Christopher Wiegand, whose wife Casey has a blog called The Wiegands, created a documentary about the mom blogging community called American Blogger. He contacted a group of 51 women who blog (who happened to know his wife) and then drove across country, dropping in and interviewing each one over the course of two months.
Wiegand’s reason for making the documentary was to “change the way you see see an entire industry,” but since the trailer came out, bloggers across America are steaming. They are calling out its lack of diversity and true depiction of an industry they care a lot about being represented honestly.
Wiegand's response on the backlash has not been very apologetic:
The name “American Blogger” came not because I am representing all of America but because I am traveling America (40 states) in my airstream and telling the story of the Blogger. This film is not supposed to be, nor is it, representing bloggers or America as a whole by any means. These are the women that said yes to my request, they knew my wife and trusted that I would tell this story in a positive way.
At the end of the trailer, the narrator calls the documentary “entertaining and educational. This film will leave you inspired.”
Bloggers aren’t so sure. They've started a hash tag #AmericanBlogger on Twitter and Facebook and are creating their own videos mocking what they feel is a false depiction. It's kaboomed into a serious backlash over the last few days that would only seem to hurt the film, unless the controversy is bringing so much attention to it that it will succeed as a result.
Watch the trailer and tell us what you think of he debate about American Blogger.
American Blogger Official Trailer from Chris Wiegand on Vimeo.
Do you think that the pushback is merited or over the top?
How do you feel about the documentary's portrayal of the "American Blogger"?