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27 October 2007

Enough! Stop the pink madness!




"All right, I'm going to rain on this pink parade. I don't get it. And somehow, as a breast cancer survivor, I feel used," Lu An Cahn said. "The pink ribbon marketing is over the top, and I'm not sure what good it's doing. I wondered if I was the only one feeling this way."

No, Lu Ann, you are not the only one feeling this way. I am all about funding research to cure cancer - absolutely! AND I love the color pink - but this has gone too far! There is pink everywhere on everything and you will not convince me that in many - maybe even most cases - it isn't just those marketing sluts using the breast cancer survivors to fluff up their bottom line.

I purposely don't by things with special pink labels. I make donations to people who are doing the three day - something I might have a go at next year - even though I don't have breast cancer or know anyone who does. But soup cans, Sponge Bobs and VACCUUMS???

It is too much already. If you are a company and you really WANT to supposrt breast cancer research, make your donation and shut up about it already! Don't make it contingent upon xyz amount of donations...

Just do it. (oops - apologies to Nike, one company that I actually don't see a pink ribbon edition of anything - bravo!)

12 comments:

Jason said...

COOL!! A PINK SPONGE BOB !!!

(Sorry)

IMO if money is going to the right place, it's good - no? Better than none at all..?

DaisyBug said...

I guess my concern is that maybe no real money is going anywhere - I think at least some of the time it is BS. I don't know. Too cynical? You have to admit it is a little over the top - pink everything. Zoinks.

iFred said...

Greetings from the Sunshine State!

I agree, Daisybug. It always bothers me when a company says, "Buy X amount of our product and we will contribute to a charity." Why does a contribution to a good cause have to be based on a purchase? If they wish to contribute because they feel it is a worthy cause, it should be done without a purchase involved, otherwise it is crass commercialism, period.

It's good that the charity gets the money and I'm happy with that, but I don't like the "If you don't buy something we aren't giving squat" approach.

DaisyBug said...

Yes, Fred! That is the gist of my problem. I think that all that BS about saving yogurt lids etc so that they can donate based on how many lids they get back - what is the point? Nice that the charity gets the money - but it would be even nicer if the company just GAVE the money without capitalizing on their own feigned generosity.

Jason said...

Patient: Doctor! I think I'm a bar of soap!!!!
Doctor: That's Lifebuoy

(that joke probably only works in the UK, but you get the idea!

DaisyBug said...

LOL... Nope - works here too! Love it! :D

Jason said...

Oh good stuff :D

Frog said...

How do you get a pic of yourself in your comments?

DaisyBug said...

I think the picture comes from one's profile?

Frog said...

I think I just figured that out ;) thanks!

Frog said...

Just thought I'd let you know.... Appleweren't listening to you !!

DaisyBug said...

No Frog - that is different. That is just a pink iPod. Which I would love to have, BTW if I didn't just get a blue one. They aren't using Breast Cancer to sell their products.