While I have your attention….
Posted by wendy on 2012/01/14
Oh hi, New People. It’s been super fun to interact with you and meet so many of you during Wendy’s Wild and Ironic Ride on the Meme Train. (seriously, I love that my complaint about viral updates turned into a viral update. That was pretty cool.) You’re awesome. Oh yes, I’m looking right at you when I say it. Because you know you are. If you want to stick around, I’ll do my best to keep it interesting around here. Deal? Deal.
So, this week, I am the Go-To Girl for snappy retorts to stupid cancer memes on Facebook. I’m okay with that. Next week, we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled program of Me Hating My Curly, Curly Hair, and I have a Nutella and Sea Salt Fudge recipe that you need to try and report back to me–or send to me. (mmmm, fudge) But, we’re going to toss out one more meme before we get to that.
We’ve discussed the Facebook cut and paste phenomenon here, and I have mentioned one of the many versions of the following Facebook forward before, but we’ll give this dead horse one more THWACK before we let it go, okay? A friend of mine–a cancer survivor, no less–received this the other day. She was torn, because it was sent to her by a friend, and she didn’t want to hurt her friend’s feelings by telling her how it made her feel. (so…if none of your cancer warrior friends have complained to you when you send them this stuff? It is more than likely because they’re concerned about hurting you–so, maybe before you hit send, take a minute and think about their feelings. Please.)
Let’s all take a minute and just…absorb the next few paragraphs, m’kay?
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness…So we all remember last year’s game of writing your bra color as your status? Or the way we like to have our handbag handy? Last year, so many people took part that it made national news and the constant updating of status reminded everyone why we’re doing this and helped raise awareness!! Do NOT tell any males what the statuses mean…keep them guessing!! And please copy and paste (in a message) this to all your female friends! It’s time to confuse the men again (not that it’s really that hard to do ;]) The idea is to choose the month you were born and the day you were born. Pass this on to the GIRLS ONLY and lets see how far it reaches around. The last one about the bra went around all over the world. Your status should say: “I am going to________________for___________ months.”
The day you were born should be for how many months you are going.
January–Mexico; February– London; March–Miami; April–Dominican Republic; May–France; June– St Petersburg; July–Austria; August–Germany; September–New York; October–Amsterdam; November– Las Vegas;December–Hawaii
I know so many cancer fighters and survivors who get stuff like this. I’m one of them–because apparently, people think that since we had cancer–especially breast cancer, because that’s somehow the SEXY cancer (???? Really?), we’re really appreciate cute and coy ‘don’t tell the boys’ memes about our bras. Seriously, there are more ‘flirty’ email forwards for breast cancer than I can begin to count. It’s depressing. But, that is a rant for another day. Where was I?
Oh yes. Many of us don’t complain, because so many times it’s our friends and our family that send these things to us, and we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Well…I’ll will go ahead and be the Bad Guy here. That’s not okay, y’all. It’s not . There is NO PART of that email that is okay. And, don’t you dare say to me “it’s a bit of fun”, because co-oping cancer for flirty fun puts you firmly in the ‘insensitive and clueless’ category. (Yes, I just called you insensitive and clueless. Good thing you’re reading this, because now you can move over into the sensitive and aware category if you choose to do so.) 😉
Even if we try to look past the asinine nature of the meme, “we’re going to raise awareness by keeping it a secret from the men!”–Wait. No. No. I’m sorry, I can’t get past that at all. Men get breast cancer, too. MEN GET BREAST CANCER, TOO. God, people. GOD. Nothing in that email has a single thing to do with cancer. Nothing. It’s a game. It’s a forward. It’s a meme. It’s useless. And, it is by-GOD so insulting to the people who have to fight this disease every day. If you want to participate in silly Facebook memes, then by all means–do so. But, how DARE you have the gall to do it under the guise of “it’s for cancer!”. How. Dare. You.
The fact that the bra meme ‘went around the world’ is nothing to be proud of, dammit. You want shame? That’s a shame, right there.