What’s that?

I must admit – I hadn’t heard of it until yesterday when a slew of female friends started posting selfies without makeup (but mostly heavily filtered on Instagram) in the name of ‘Cancer Awareness’.

I’ve done a bit of reading and this ‘Cancer’ thing looks pretty horrific! I had to Google it and apparently one in three people will develop a form of it in their lifetime, and 910 people each day in the UK are diagnosed with it..WHAT?! This is news to me!

Oh. Wait.

I’m not sure what is more insane, those stupid idiots who died playing ‘NekNomination’ earlier this year, or girls posting pictures of themselves without make up believing it will ‘raise awareness’ of Cancer. It’s like ‘#BoobyWednesday’ on Twitter is meant to raise awareness of Breast Cancer – no, it’s not, it’s just women posting pictures of their tits.

How can we raise awareness of Cancer? Well – we all know what it is, we all know that it’s not good, and it kills far too many people. We need awareness of the symptoms, the signs that it’s there, I don’t need to see someone I went to school with with no slap on.

I know that it’s ‘just a bit of fun’, but in the time it’s taken you to take a selfie, Instagram the fuck out of it, post it online with a ‘Urgh I don’t look very good’ comment, you could actually do something much more helpful. Text BEAT to 70099 and chuck £3 into the Cancer Research pot. Or if you can, go bigger and find out other ways to give some money to Cancer Research. Cancer can only be beaten by education, prevention, and CURE, not a selfie.

So please, stop with the selfies, let’s kick Cancer in the balls with some MONEY!


17 thoughts on “Cancer? What’s that?

  1. Victoria Welton says:

    Er, I have given money too!! My Mum has had cancer twice and a single mastectomy. I have had a scare as have two of my sisters. There is nothing wrong with having a bit of fun and doing something about it in the process.

    • Kip Hakes says:

      Excellent! My point is, it’s not being used (mostly) as an exercise to raise money or a awareness, it’s (from what I’ve seen) for girls to post a picture exclaiming how terrible they look and their friends to say ‘No hun, you look gawjus’ etc.

  2. tiasmum12 says:

    Lol well said as always Mr hakes. I was tagged to take part, and posted a picture of my donation instead.

  3. suzanne3childrenandit says:

    Maybe ask people to sponsor you to wear no clothes for a week! I am so glad i haven’t been tagged cos I absolutely agree with you – can’t stand these stupid things on FB about raising awareness. How?!

  4. Misty says:

    For the most part I agree. However I did take part, but I also donated and encouraged others to do so if they want to take part.
    The whole reason behind the #nomakeupselfie has been lost, but cancer research have actually applauded everyone for taking part as they have seen a massive increase in donations in the past week.

    Personally, if it raises awareness in any way, then it can only be a good thing. No one is pretending they’re going to cure cancer, but it sure made me donate some pennies!

  5. Mummy Glitzer says:

    I was tagged and initially I didn’t take part because I thought it was pointless. But then I heard about the text donation, so I did that, posted a #nomakeupselfie (because, personally, I am rarely seen without make up on and you certainly wouldn’t find another photo of me without it on) and I included the text to donate number as well.

    The #nomakeupselfie trend has now raised over £2 million in a couple of days so I fail to see how it is a bad thing?

    • Kip Hakes says:

      Well.. The thing is, when it first started it wasn’t about people donating, it was just selfies for ‘awareness’. There was a subsequent backlash that pictures don’t really do much, and then the donations started flooding in.. So yes, ultimately – it’s done really well. A cynical friend of mine suggested that it’s all been a VERY clever marketing campaign and I think they are right. Even so – it’s made a lot of money! So it’s a good thing! 🙂

      • Misty says:

        It was originally started as a campaign to sponsor women to go out with no make up, ie: to work or on a night out. The #nomakeupselfie was a bandwagon everyone jumped on and lost sight of the original cause. Luckily, people soon caught on after cancer research did an appeal. Although a lot of people targeted breast cancer it was actually for all cancer x

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