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Monday, June 20, 2005

New Bracelet: “You’re an Idiot”

Ok so Lance “I’ve seen Sheryl Crow nekid” Armstrong, decides to start off this new fad with these yellow plastic bracelets… Inscribed on the bracelet, as you already know is “LIVESTRONG”…. See Lance had testicular cancer and beat it (punning), so he forms this foundation to support survivors of testicular cancer… He wore the bracelet when he won the Tour De France, and pretty soon everyone started wearing them.. For USD 1, you too could own a yellow, fashionable article and still show people that, “Hey guys, I’m sympathetic towards testicular cancer survivors… and I’m cool like Lance.”

So what happens next? The world is awash in yellow bracelets: Athletes, Actors, businessmen, students, soccer moms, doctors, everyone was wearing this yellow bracelet… At first the bracelet carried a lot of meaning, it symbolized beating a horrible disease, it meant pushing yourself like lance did to win another Tour De France and break a world record… Pretty soon, everyone and their mother is wearing live strong bracelets, they even began floating around the profiteering market for USD 9 instead of USD 1…

It was not long before some other group gets the idea of getting pink bracelets for breast cancer, and then blue ones for some other disease, then black and white to stamp out racism, and then green for the rainforest, and then just plain white to end poverty, and then magenta for men who like pink, and then brown color to support diarrhea (IBS) sufferers … This bracelet phenomenon has just taken the planet by storm – a very tacky and unoriginal storm…

Walking around, you’ll see a bunch of people wearing these stupid bracelets… support, donate do whatever you want to do: I’ll commend that, but to walk around like you even care about supporting this cause? Please… We can spot you for the fake poser that you really are… This is not fashion, this is a fad, a very very overdone fad.. it’s served it’s useful life… Friends exchange them with other friends, people who can’t find the real plastic buy the fake ones.. The current thing is that you release these little plastic bands for any occasion.. Liverpool in Istanbul for the Champions League Final (sorry rf) - they need to release a bracelet. Lebanon and their new democracy – lets release some bracelets. Mike Tyson retired, lets release a bracelet to commemorate and charge people. What started off as a good idea to raise money for a worthy cause, has turned into a walking advertisement and a silly bandwagon way to make money… It’s gotten so bad that I actually saw a black bracelet the other day with the “Playa” inscribed on it… Why would anyone want to wear a bracelet like that? If you want to wear something on your hand, why can’t you go find one of those handmade bracelets? At least those weren’t made out of a mold…

It started off with you laughing at people unaware of the cause they were supporting with their bracelet – so then you’d have to criticize and ask “you bought this bracelet, but you don’t even know that you’ve contributed to support testicular cancer? What kind of a moron are you?” Then the moron wises up and then can state “umm yeah, it supports testicular cancer survivors – Lance Armstrong and shit.. Livestrong.”

Teenyboppers and their fascination with overdoing it to the extreme… now it’s cool if you show off all your bracelets.. so people are sporting around 3-5 different colored bracelets.. Now I’ll give you props over this whole bracelet issue if you were supporting Gay rights and the different colored bracelets on your arm symbolized the Gay rainbow… Otherwise, whomever came up with the idea of wearing more than one bracelet, should have to wear a t-shirt stating him to be the idiot responsible for this stupid piece of plastic on your hand…

There needs to be some accountability for this stupid fad…

If you do truly support these causes, then good for you… fight the good fight… I’m just poking fun at the people who’ve decided to take a good idea for a good cause and squeeze the profit and reveal it for what it really is: an expiring fad…

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a unique individual and totally original. Just like everyone else.

Anonymous said...

And one to affirm that the gulf is Persian.

http://www.persiangulfonline.org/bracelet.htm

Mo said...

Persiangulfonline.org is the most ridiculous website I have ever seen in my entire life.

To have so many people dedicated to such a stupid cause is highly confusing and yet strangely entertaining at the same time.

The Joker said...

you have a bracelet for the gulf already? what happened to the blogger in jail? Do you give out wristbands for him too?

Anonymous said...

what is up with these persian's anyway? how come they have such a stick up their asses? Just cause you got beat by us three years ago, you still carry that chip on your shoulder? what a bunch of wankers. I would be much more worried about the fact that a bunch of mullas are calling Iran an Islamic Republic than some people calling the Gulf Arabian.

For the record, I posted the first, but not the second comment

Anonymous said...

Commentators, are we talking about the bracelet fad, politics, or football? What do " Persians " have to do with this blog? How many of you have ADD?

BahrainiRants, I feel your disdain for the over abundance of tacky plastic bracelets that are eating everyone’s wrist. The money raised for cancer research, fabulous, but the last time I checked there was nothing trendy about a disease. Most of the people in my life bought the bracelet ,because proceeds went to a good cause. The bracelet remains in the cello bag in which it was sold ,and is tucked away in a discrete place never to be seen again.

Leena

Bahraini Rants said...

what's all this junk on my comments ayyyhh? Keep your politalk and country bashing for some other site. We're talking about wristbands and how they've taken over the arms of so many people...

Not to be outdone by the international world, Bahrain have released their own "Proud to be Bahraini" wristband... I've been proud to be Bahraini my entire life, why do I need to prove it with a silly wristband.. Even more importantly than that, who's profiting off this? I wonder if this is some savy entrepeneur looking to cash in on this fad or if this is for a real cause... does anybody know?

Evil Odd said...

If you only knew who posted that comment about the bracelet...

LOL!

Anonymous said...

All the cancer and AIDS’s bracelets are genuine. You can track proceeds of bracelet sales @ each organization’s website. The other bracelets, hum, maybe the government. Either way its some smug looking person, thinking to himself "what a bunch of suckers,” as he puts his 93 cents to the dollar profit into his savings account. When SA mag released articles stating plastic was the way of the future, I had no idea it came in the form of statement bracelets .

Leena

The Joker said...

"proud to be bahraini?" bracelete?
what he's really saying is "glad to take your money"

I honestly hope to god I see someone wearing it... I havent seen an idiot up close for a while now

jon said...

I was looking at your posts about cancer lung and found a good article about the same cancer lung info too...

God luck with it : )

bemusedly resources said...

Looking for breast cancer bracelet information I came across this post. I totally agree with you and would feel the same way!

jon

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