Sunday, May 13, 2007

Can't I just donate money?

I went to buy roller blades the other day. However, the only pairs that the store I was in carried had the breast cancer ribbon on them. It pissed me off and I walked out. I also never go into the Running Room because half of their clothing has the pink ribbon on it as well.

Not that breast cancer isn't a worthy cause. In fact, I donated a crap load of money to it this year in support of a friend who just went through breast cancer. But that's it - if I want to donate to a cause, I can find their web site. I do not need to have the cause perma-etched on my apparel.

[HIV is the cause that I always support and I don't buy Bono's project red items either.]


St. Dickeybird said...

I feel the same way. I'll give money or time, but please don't make me wear a ribbon!
Who I support is my business...

madamerouge said...

Businesses that don't offer their customers a choice soon find themselves without customers.

Dantallion said...

Goodness, you ARE unfeeling and selfish. Wearing a ribbon is SO much more important than actually offering direct support to (insert name of worthy cause HERE)

(Ok, tongue has been successfully removed from cheek)

Incidentally this brings to mind something else: Earlier today, a local radio host suggested very strongly that the city should make it illegal for people to give change to pan-handlers - I don't understand people sometimes.

Susan as herself said...

I agree. Why advertise your cause on clothing and jewelry? Just give.

If everyone did that, we'd eventually run out of causes. Imagine that.

Snooze said...

StD: I will wear a ribbon, but if I'm out buying roller blades, I'm buying roller blades - not a cause. I know what you mean though about keeping your causes private.

MR: Amen to that. Power to the consumer!

Dantallion: Is that like don't feed the seagulls? Imagine being fined for charitable acts.

Susan: You're right - we couldn't allow that to happen.

Rebekah said...

The Pink ribbon has taken over. I have pink gardening gloves for goodness' sake.

It then becomes trendy to sport it, rather than support it.


Tickersoid said...

It seems bizzare a business would do that unless they thought it was cool.

Freak Magnet said...

Mass marketing the crap like that doesn't help the cause, in my opinion - it numbs the public to it.