I have spoken in the past about how as soon as something becomes popular, it comes into vogue to knock it. I have also noticed over time that in the social media world, if something makes somebody feel lazy, then they must whine about that as well. A good example of that is people who complain about what other post, in particular things like, when they go to the gym, or on a run, etc.
We this sort of arrogant, narcissistic, judgmental attitude carries a long way into the world of any awareness program as well. For example, last year saw one of the best grassroots awareness campaign, possibly ever. The ice bucket challenge. At the height of its notoriety, it seemed to become fashionable to knock it. “Stop dumping ice and just donate money” they would whine, or “these campaigns don’t do anything.” Of course, when all was said and done, the ALS Association raised $115 million through the campaign, and Scientists credit this additional funding as helping lead to a potential breakthrough. You also don’t have to look hard to find complaints of “pink washing” due to the successful nature of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
So, I guess Movember is coming into its own. Proof of that is the idiotic peace, Movember Is a Misguided Cancer Awareness Campaign that was published in Slate. This rambling babble of Jacob Brogan and Christina Cauterucci can’t seem to decide exactly why it hates Movember (it also takes a potshot at Breast Cancer Awareness programs as well to balance out their equal opportunity judgmental stupidity), it rambles on from how it is “too sexist and exclusionary” and is too much about “masculinity.” Apparently there is not enough nod to gay potential for these two. There is some serious Freudian quality jabs that could be put here, but this is not simply about these two clueless know-it-alls.
I could go on and pick their logic-less arguments, but this is just the freshest example of the newest and exaggerated blowhards. This breed, likes to sit in judgement and make fun of awareness programs as not working. They have no ability to comprehend how this could possibly work. Luckily, I have an excellent example of just how it works, so perhaps I could bring some light to their dark and unenlightened brain cells. At lunch the other day in my office, a gentleman asked me about my mustache and why I was growing one, which led to me telling him about Movember, and prostate cancer, and the statistics behind it, others joined in the conversation either to share information they themselves knew, or to ask more questions and learn something.
The other issue that is perceived and whined about is “nominal advocacy” of these programs. In other words, you are not doing enough. Thus the efforts put forth must be of suspect value. Once again, the dimwitted are making judgments, not based on anything like a fact, but simply their lazy opinion. An opinion based, seemingly predicated on the fact that… they don’t want to participate.
That’s right. There it is. What drives these critics? Is it the desire to improve such programs? Do they offer a solution that they believe would be more effective or have a greater reach than what current programs like Movember currently provide? No. The simple common denominator is that these people simply don’t want to do anything at all, so they justify their lack of action by trying to show their “superiority.” But all they end up doing is showing just how much of a jackass they are.
If you are so inclined, get involved. Of course, you have every right not to do so. But I suggest you then remember a quote by Abraham Lincoln (also apparently attributed to others) that says it is , “Better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.” In more simple terms, if you aren’t going to part of the solution, then Shut Up!