From an e-mail sent to state employees this morning:
I mean, I get the cause. I understand the campaign here. But does filling one of the Capitol fountains with food coloring actually seem like it’s going to do a lot of educating? Maybe instead they should have hosted a “Survivors’ Wall” or exhibit or something in the rotunda, something that actually EDUCATES?
Geez, Pennsylvania…do all of your public education campaigns have to be this stupid?
Yup, that sounds pretty dumb to me. I think that governments like to come out “in support of” breast cancer awareness and treatment, because there’s very little controversy in it. I mean, isn’t everyone in favor of early detection and treatment of breast cancer? They do crap like this because it’s one of the “causes” that’s reasonably sure not to piss anyone off.
Pshaw. Governments do crap like this all the time. As norinew said, who’s going to be against breast cancer “awareness”? As such crap goes, this particular show is relatively cheap and unspectacular, it’ll be over in a day or so, and no one will remember it in a week, so I see no source of embarrassment.
But my source of embarrassment is that it IS such an empty gesture. They COULD have set up an information wall in the rotunda. They COULD have had a meet & greet with breast cancer survivors in the capitol plaza. They COULD have had a memorial photo wall for those who succumbed to the disease.
But instead they decided to put a vial of food coloring in the replenishment tank for the east fountain. :smack:
I seriously wonder how many people are going to connect this with breast cancer rather than “some gay thing”?
They do that here in STL, too. I’m not sure whether they’re going to do it this year, but if I recall correctly, they did last year, which struck a lot of people as odd, since the Komen Race for the Cure is in early summer (I think it was June this year). And it’s downtown near the fountain, so most people get confused as to when Breast Cancer Month actually is since the race is so far away from BC month.