Another chance to see the champions
Posted September 14, 2008on:
Mary Lou Retton, Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin will be among the gymnasts participating in the second annual “Frosted Pink”, a charity TV special about women’s cancers. The show is filming today.
While I commend the gymnasts for using their celebrity to draw attention to important causes, I am always a little weirded out by breast-cancer awareness month and other awareness organizations that take this “pink” approach to serious diseases. I think it’s more than a little patronizing to send teddy bears and pink Oreos to women who are suffering from a serious illness. (Can you imagine if they sent men similar things for prostate cancer?!?)
Barbara Ehrenreich (who is otherwise often extremely annoying) wrote a great article about this phenomenon.
The special will air October 12th on ABC.
**Sorry for the political off-topic-ness of this post.