Our Pink Truth 20/20 Weekend In NYC
Written by SuzyQ
I don’t think any of us have written about this experience so I will. As God is my witness, I thought it was 2016 but I don’t think that is accurate (Tracy: 2015, but close enough) and I am too lazy to check it out. It began by an ABC producer contacting 4 of us who were active on Pink Truth with Tracy’s recommendations.
We were all former directors, and none of us could believe this… 3 of us were in almost daily contact with each other for years and had grown very close. I was not familiar with the 4th director who had not interacted with us. It turned out that this was a legit request from ABC and after talking about this at length, we decided to be interviewed. I don’t know everybody’s story for certain so I will share mine.
ABC booked my flight to NYC. I was picked up at 4 AM by a chauffeured limousine from my house to Eppley airport in Omaha. I boarded my flight and remembered flying over Manhattan and landing at JFK. I was met by another chauffeur (holding a sign with my name!) and a limo and was taken to the apartment where we were taping in Manhattan.
I rang the bell and went upstairs, I had been trying to call Raisinberry, Pinkpeace, and Tracy and they did not return my calls. As it turned out, ABC was fascinated that we were so close, and had yet to meet each other in person and wanted to tape this initial in person meeting. (Tracy: They told us not to answer! Let’s have her talk to you in person for the cameras!)
I reached the apartment and was met by Raisinberry, Tracy and PinkPeace and we hugged and cried. I was so emotional, so tired and so scared. We had a terrific lunch and beverages and we all had to fix our makeup. We were ready to tape and the crew decided the air conditioners were too loud so they turned them off. They also decided that my gold bracelets clanked too much so I had to take them off. It is August in NYC, we are in an apartment with a western exposure with no A/C and camera lights ,and we were all sweating profusely as we sat on a leather couch.
“The Talent” Rebecca Jarvis* arrives, and the taping begins. So much soul wrenching testimony from all of us about our experiences in MK. Humiliating, devasting, honest, heartbreaking testimony. It went on for hours. (Tracy: And remember all the footage of us each walking down the street, as if we weren’t being filmed? None of which saw the light of day!)
ABC treated us to a night in NYC and we made the most of it. Tracy knew a terrific host and we went to Times Square at night after a wonderful dinner. We had drinks at the Soho hotel and met for breakfast in the morning. We were able to visit the 911 Memorial and other typical tourist sites. I bought a glass statue thingie of the Empire State building.
My flight was the first to leave and I went into the street to hail a taxi like I had seen on TV. I felt so cool when a cabbie stopped. I arrived back at Eppley in Omaha thinking that I would be thought of as famous because the chauffeur would be picking me up. Sure enough, he was there with the sign with my name. There were very few witnesses to my fame. Damn.
When the episode aired, our stories were heavily edited and Tracy’s part was left out. We were told the episode would be 2 hours and then when it aired it was something like 15 minutes. ABC called me right before it aired asking about my name (full name vs. nickname) and said they couldn’t edit it. Our content was watered down, but it still had an impact in that Pink Truth crashed that night and we got a lot of blow back on Facebook. So my watch party was kind of lame, but, but BUT.
These women, Tracy, Pinkpeace and Raisinberry saved my life! I imploded on this site years and years ago and it was such a great gift to meet them in person. Tracy allowed me to chart my journey with posts on MK Sucks and later, Pink Truth. Fast forward, Tracy, PP, and I met in Las Vegas for my birthday, and I will never forget this, best birthday ever!
I am writing this now, in 2023, because it matters, and Pink Truth matters, and we will always be here, and we will always tell the truth.
*(Tracy: Remember how we got done filming and Rebecca said loudly, “Well if anyone wants a picture with me, we’ll have to do it now.”??? And we all looked at her and blinked a few times. Ohhhhhhhhh….. we were supposed to want pictures. Got it! Don’t get me wrong, Rebecca was nice and is a great interviewer. We were just too busy talking to these people we had waited 8 years to meet in person.)