All Fall Down

Ah, yes, the Komen Controversy.  I feel as though this has been pretty well covered – if you’re paying any attention at all, you have a pretty good idea of what’s going on and the various reactions down the line.

Myself, I’ve not been that fond of the Komen organization for a long old while, though it’s impossible not to acknowledge the huge and largely positive impact their work has had on the public perception of breast cancer, the amount of good they have achieved in the past 30 years. There have been quibbles and controversy with the organization for a while, the branding and marketing of breast cancer, the percentage of funding going towards research, the absurd breast cancer perfume ‘Promise‘, the at times unfortunate pairings* – but even their most bitter critics have had to acknowledge the amount of good the organization has done.

This last, however – ah, what a waste, what a shame. This was the tipping point – you can’t claim to be ‘for the cure‘ while withdrawing funding for the most vulnerable populations served. It doesn’t work that way.

The pity of it is that Komen was in a position where they had fantastic opportunities, they were a trusted and beloved ‘brand’, they could have done amazing things. And this is what they choose.

I don’t think they’ll recover. As I’ve said, I’ve never been a huge Komen fan but, odd as it may seem, I find their fall saddening.

It is a such a waste.

*, for example. (thanks, Andrew!)

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One Response to All Fall Down

  1. Nancy Brinker’s demonstrated interest in money and right wing politics makes her downfall predictable even as it saddens some. Imagine, if Komen were helmed by a woman like Barbara Ehrenreich or Susan B. Hrdy. No titty pink Kitchen Aid mixers or lousy dollars raised to dollars spent ratios which has been the norm at Komen for quite some time now. The difference between the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Susan B. Komen is striking. As they say in the old country, the fish rots from the head down.

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