Think one person can't make a difference? THINK AGAIN.
If your name is Scorchy, also known as The Sarcastic Boob, you just power your way through. The Scorch-Meister was pissed off. I like that in a person: Pissed-offed-ness. It's what generally spurs us to action.
Scorchy was pissed off at Facebook. Why? They were censoring the photos from The Scar Project. She managed to amass over TWENTY THOUSAND signatures on a petition she launched via change.org in protest of the actions of Facebook. Here's the part where I mention that this is not the first or even the second or possibly the THIRD time someone has tried to get the powers that be at Facebook to listen.
Apparently, Facebook prevented David Jay, the internationally renowned Scar Project photographer from posting for 30 days because of this nudity violation. They also stepped on my buddy, Upstate AM, Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer and requested she stop posting photos of her mastectomy. Another person that will not be pushed around. Trust me on that one. U-AM has a heart of gold. And a spirit that shouts integrity. Push her and she WILL push back. And I love that.
Back to that petition.....and The Boob. SHE didn't give up. She didn't let it go. She kept at it until she got someone to listen. And she is made things happen. Scorchy did. And I love THAT, too. The story is just hitting the wires now and it's already in several outlets.
Thanks to Renn, The Big C and Me, a twitter newbie for getting that in 140 characters so I would see this stupendous turn of events. In several places....
ABC News Health Blog
The NY Daily News
And on and on...
In a side note, in one of those oddly timed coincidences, I received a secret Facebook message just as all of this was unfolding....... The same stupidity is circulating behind the scenes yet again on Facebook. You know, the one about the color or your bra or where you keep your handbag. In the spirit of raising REAL awareness, I AM going to be a buzzkill....And yes, I did post it on Facebook, too. Despite the warnings NOT TO TELL THE GUYS. What are we here, in 2nd grade???? The groan heard round the world:
"It's that time of year again...support breast cancer awareness! So last year's game was writing your bra color as your status? Or the way we like to have our handbag handy? Last year, so many people took part that it made national news... and the constant updating of status reminded everyone why we're doing this and helped raise awareness! Do NOT tell any males what the status means...keep them guessing!! And please copy And paste this in a message to all your female friends. The idea is to choose the month you were born and the day you born. Pass this on to the GIRLS ONLY and let's see how far it reaches around. The last one about the bra went all over the world. YOUR STATUS SHOULD SAY: "I am going to Mexico for 21 months. "The month you were born is the Place you are going, and the day you were should be how many months you are gone....January - Mexico February - London March - Miami April - Dominican Republic May - Paris, France June - RomeJuly - Hawaii August - California September - New York October - Puerto Rico November - Las Vegas December - Australia Please do it, don't be a spoil sport...show your awareness for Breast Cancer! Don't forget to pass it on!!!"
REALLY??? Ummmmm. No. Can someone tell me how the hell THAT is raising awareness? How the hell is that doing anything to show the reality that is breast cancer. The scars. The long term fallout. The deaths. And if you think I'm being sour grapes, click to this post in memory of Susan Neibur. She quite eloquently explains why these "harmless meme's" are like "ripping off a scab." The video is embedded within the post. Please do listen.
I'd like to say that my head is bouncing between two Alicia Keys tunes at this moment.... Proud of my fellow New Yorkers-Scorchy and Upstate AM for making noise. I love noise......
"Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, let's hear it for New York....." because "This Girl is on FIRE."
This one's for you Scorchy. NOW, about that trending on twitter thing. Give me a little time. I'll make it happen. Damn, sistah, you earned it! And where's Upstate AM as all of this is unfolding???? Sending out a posse.