I’m sure a number of people will find this post controversial and be offended by it but I was quite offended by the idea of posting a photo of yourself with no make up for cancer, but hear me out and find out why before you go off on one! As you’ll have noticed from yesterday’s post I am taking part in Cancer Research’s Race For Life so don’t go thinking that I’m against raising awareness or money in the hopes of finding a cure for cancer because that is not the case in the slightest.
How is posting a photo of yourself without make up relevant to cancer?
I actually saw someone say what’s the point in donating and not posting a selfie to someone who decided to post a status saying they had donated already that day, I was actually disgusted reading that! Who are they to decide whether someone posts a picture or not, and they done the important part which is donate to the charity.
If we all painted a ribbon on our face in a colour that has affected you, a loved one or just go with a lavender ribbon which is the colour for “all cancers (general cancer awareness)”. People will be talking about what the colours represent and be more focused on that then the fact that you posted your no make up photo which is not the point of all this. Search cancer ribbon colours on google if you would like to see them all 🙂
This is not just in regards to cancer research, but any charity for that matter. When all the selfies disappear from your timeline will you even give charity a second thought, will it cross your mind once? Would you notice getting £1 less a month from your wages, it doesn’t even have to be a large amount, and most businesses these days have a match your donation campaign where they will donate the same amount. Or just make a small donation here and there if you don’t get a regular wage. When you posted your photo, did you donate anything?
I’m sorry if this post offends anyone but I just think that this is not the best way to raise awareness for such an important issue. From what I’ve seen it is becoming more of a vanity issue, with people either really proud of themselves for posting their no make up photo when no make up is not an achievement or tagging friends that they know won’t want to take their make up off and making them look bad.
I’m sure most of your timeline have donated but a good chunk of mine did not feel the need and were more focused on the “achievement” they had accomplished. Curing cancer, losing someone to cancer, getting cleared of cancer, these are the important things here, not that you put up a “naked selfie”