Canadian Documentary 'Pink Ribbons Inc.' Rips Into Komen's Big Business Charity

Breaking News in the midst of the Komen | Planned Parenthood conflict that has energized American women as no other event in decades. We repost this article from CTZ British Columbia:

A new documentary from a breast cancer survivor raises questions about the “pinkwashing” she believes brands are using to sell products that are actually carcinogenic.

Dr. Samantha King’s investigation into the growing corporate involvement in breast cancer fundraisers is the basis for Léa Pool’s new documentary, “Pink Ribbons Inc.,” opening in select theatres Friday.

The documentary suggests brands use the pink ribbon to create a feel-good sense for their product –-a tactic she calls ‘pinkwashing’.

“That’s when corporations … sell products that might be linked to breast cancer,” King explained. “So cosmetics with toxic ingredients, for example, also make money by doing pink ribbon marketing”.

She said many of the products are not even related to breast cancer.

“One of my favourite examples is a breast cancer handgun that went on sale in the U.S. last year. We’ve seen Kentucky Fried Chicken, snowshoes — the list is really endless” she said.

The trailer for the documentary shares a few stories from women with breast cancer who claim only a small percentage of money raised for fundraisers goes towards research.

“It’s almost like our disease is being used for people to profit and that’s not OK,” said one woman featured in the film.

University of B.C. researcher Carolyn Gotay said she values the questions the documentary raises but argues the push to find a cure has not overshadowed prevention research.

“I think we’re on a good upward trajectory but we’re still not near the finish line,” she said.

Gotay added that some of the film’s arguments have not been scientifically proven.

“Some of the carcinogens identified in the film haven’t really been shown necessarily to be deleterious to the levels they’re being used,” Gotay said.

Representative for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation B.C./ Yukon. Judy Caldwell also said the documentary uses decade-old campaigns.

“If it’s a product we don’t believe in, if the amount to be donated is highly inappropriately small, then we would refuse it,” Caldwell said

She added that Run for the Cure, the foundation’s signature event, is monumental in raising awareness about breast cancer and providing to prevention research.

“Pink Ribbons Inc.” opens Friday at Denman Cinemas and The Rio in Vancouver, Roxy Theatres in Victoria, Avalon Cinema Centre in Nanaimo and the Paramount Theatre in Kelowna.

Now that Komen has reversed itself on defunding Planned Parenthood, the question NPR asks: Can Komen Recover From Controversy?

Anne of Carversville has withdrawn ANY support for pink ribbons associated with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. We will not BUY any brand or product associated with the Komen Foundation, and we will list all brands and companies who supported Komen in their 2011 campaign.

I will be contacting those companies personally to voice my strong disapproval of Komen’s decision to align with social conservatives against the fight for breast cancer among poor women. Komen’s decision to reinstate Planned Parenthood does not impact our policy.

Until Komen fires its board members and SVP of Public Policy Karen Hanley AND gives more than the current 20-28% of its donations to cancer research, Komen is ‘black’ not pink at AOC.


Michelle Obama Out Push-Ups Ellen DeGeneres As Million Moms Denouces JC Penney for Hiring Popular Talk Show Host

Karlie Kloss | Mario Testino | Vogue UK March 2012 | ‘Luxe Lady’ AOC Private Studio

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America’s First Lady Michelle Obama won a push-up challenge with Ellen DeGeneres, knocking out an impressive 25 in front of the audience.During a taping of the Ellen DeGeneres Show airing today, America’s First Lady Michelle Obama accepted and won a challenge from Degeneres to see who could do more push-ups on the spot. Michelle was appearing to promote her ‘Let’s Move’ campaign, which stresses the need to exercise in America’s battle against obesity.

Michelle Obama’s Push Ups

“And I thought it wouldn’t be good to show up the first lady,” retorted Degeneres. “So, I stopped because I thought this looks bad that I’m going to beat her. And I’m 54 and you’re 48. Let’s make sure we know.” via ABC

Michelle Obama’s arms in top spot on Google Sept. 8, 2009Soft Gloves Only Will Be Worn By Lubna’s Smart Sensuality Arms Agents AOC Sexual Politics

You’re talking to somebody who directed traffic in the middle of Sixth Avenue, when New York went dark in “Son of Sam” summer.

Decending 62 floors of late-night darkness with only a candle, I had a terrified, weeping Spanish cleaning woman in tow. “It’s all right,” I kept telling her. “You can lean on me. Come on, you can do it. You’ll be fine.” Anne

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McDonald’s Abandons Use of ‘Pink Slime’ in Burgers

MSNBC reports that McDonald’s has eliminated the use of ammonium hydroxide in its hamburger meat. Denying that the decision had anothing to do with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s campaign to get amonium-treated chicken and beef out of the US food supply, the company agrees that an ingredient used in fertilizers, household cleaners and some ‘roll-your-own- explosives doesn’t belong in its Big Macs.

Ah yes, Timothy McVeigh used 1625 kilograms of ammonium hydroxide to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The US Agriculture Department classifies ammonium hydroxide as ‘generally recognized as safe.’

British chef Jamie Oliver’s campaign began in April when he called for the elimination of ‘pink slime’ on his TV show, ‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

The use of treated scrap meat “to me as a chef and a food lover is shocking,” Oliver said. “… Basically we’re taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest form for dogs and making it ‘fit’ for humans.” Note that McDonald’s calls the pink slime ‘Select lean beef trimmings’.

Jamie Oliver | 70% of America’s Beef Is Treated with Ammonia

Exercise as Housecleaning for the Body via New York Times

When ticking off the benefits of physical activity, few of us would include intracellular housecleaning. But a new study suggests that the ability of exercise to speed the removal of garbage from inside our body’s cells may be one of its most valuable, if least visible, effects.

AOC Culture Wars

Yesterday’s news focused on the decision of the Susan G Komen Foundation to stop funding breast exams and mammogram referrals for poor women through Planned Parenthood. Today the social conservatives have taken on JC Penney’s decision to hire Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson.

“Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families,” the million (or so) moms write on their website. “DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there.” via Reuters

First a Planned Parenthood update. The backlash against Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been severe, probably because the transparency of the timing of their action is so obvious to thinking people. When you hire a woman named Karen Handel, who is an avowed opponent of Planned Parenthood as your Senior Vice President for Public Policy in April 2011, and then amend your bylaws prohibiting funding any organization under investigation, after a Republican has launched one of Planned Parenthood in Congress, the general public really isn’t that stupid as to your intentions.

Many Republican moderate and even prolife women are astonished that Komen would hijack breast exams for poor women without a backup plan, which they do not have.

“Komen has placed its supporters in the untenable position of aligning themselves with acquiescence to the agenda of the religious right, or aligning themselves with health care and breast cancer organizations that will not bow to such pressures,” said Calif state Sen. Alex Padilla said, formerly one of Komen’s ‘Pink Tie Guys’.

“The choice is clear to me. I choose the latter.”

Anne of Carversville also supports Planned Parenthood, and Anne has signed the petition condemning Komen’s decision. In its 7th new goal, the petition has garnered 61,543 signatures in a little over 24 hours.


AOC Stands with Planned Parenthood As Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation Cuts Poor Women's Breast Exams

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Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer FoundationThe biggest story for American women today is Susan G. Komen dropping its funding for Planned Parenthood. Being generally ambiguous about its reasons for cutting funds for Planned Parenthood’s mammogram services, huge numbers of American women smelled a rat.

It’s no secret that Planned Parenthood is a victim of the Republican War on Women. In a development just in, Jezebel reports Komen recently hired as its Vice President of Communications one Karen Handel, a Sarah Palin-endorsed, rabidly anti-choice failed gubernatorial candidate from Georgia. As a candidate Handel was vocally in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood. Presumably she has now taken that belief to the Susan G Komen organization, whose founder Nancy Brinker was a major donor to George W. Bush.

The LA Times writes that Handel couldn’t be reached for comment today, nor did executives for the Komen foundation respond to requests for comment. Their article quotes Handel’s stated negative stance on Planned Parenthood.

NPR reports that Komen has lost donations from several Catholic dioceses around the country, and so their decision will open them up for donations from the prolife movement. The total amount that Komen donated to Planned Parenthood last year was $680,000, and the loss is being made up in significant online donations and a single check already in hand of $250,000 from the family foundation of Dallas oilman/philanthropist Lee Fikes and his wife, Amy. Planned Parenthood reports that they raised more than $400,000 from more than 6,000 online donors as of this afternoon.

The Southern Baptist Convention’s publishing division was also recently forced to pull its line of pink-bound Bibles because of complaints that some of the proceeds donated to Komen might be finding their way to Planned Parenthood. 

Komen has now issued an official statement, writes NPR:

Komen says it was forced to make the move by a new policy that prevents it from giving grant money to groups that are under investigation. In this case, the focus is a congressional inquiry launched last fall by Florida Republican Cliff Stearns, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Investigative Subcommittee. He is looking into whether Planned Parenthood is using federal money to fund abortions.

“This is a trumped-up investigation by some Republicans in the Congress who have a vendetta against Planned Parenthood,” said Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California.

“The work of the Komen Foundation has lifesaving potential and should not be intertwined with an industry dealing in death,” said Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life.

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Nancy G. Brinker receives Presidential Medal of Freedom Aug. 12, 2009 in WashingtonNancy Goodman Brinker is the founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization named for her only sister, Susan, who died from breast cancer in 1980 at age 36. Previously she was US Ambassador to Hungary from 2001 to 2003 and Chief of Protocol of the United States from 2007 to the end of the George W. Bush administration. Brinker is a breast cancer survivor.

For her work on breast cancer research, TIME magazine named the relentless crusader for breast cancer victims to its 2008 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Calling her “a catalyst to ease suffering in the world,” President Barack Obama honored Brinker with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor on August 12, 2009. via Wiki

We’re uncovering a long history of attempts by the prolife movement to penalize Komen’s support for Planned Parenthood. As recently as last year, Brinker sat on the advisory council for Planned Parenthood of North Texas.

Komen’s decision to drop its support of Planned Parenthood may back fire far worse than they imagined possible. Even many prolife women disapprove of making the totality of women’s health a war zone over abortion. Outraged members of Congress like Colorado’s Rep Diana DeGette, a Democrat issued a statement:

“I don’t see two groups at war with each other,” DeGette said. “I see the Komen Foundation declaring war on women’s health. Planned Parenthood has done everything they’ve been asked to do. And with their own private money, with 3 percent of their services or less, they do abortions, which the last I heard were still legal in this country.”

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said on the House floor that she could no longer support Komen, the charity known for its pink ribbons and products. I have been a big booster of the Susan G. Komen organization,” Speier said. “But not anymore.”

“They’ve really hurt their own cause,” said Judith Waxman, vice president of health and reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center, according to The Hill.

She said Komen has alienated part of its fundraising and advocacy base while undermining its core mission — helping fight breast cancer. Planned Parenthood performed about 170,000 breast-cancer screenings over the past five years with Komen funding. Previously, Komen has said that no other organization met the needs of poor women receiving mammograms.