No Blood for Strips of Silicone!
Found this article in the Sunday Telegraph on 29 May.
It's like, I dunno, Coca Cola calling McDonald's unhealthy.
But anyhow. I mentioned this to certain individuals at college and I must say I did enjoy watching them backpedal furiously, saying that it's "justified" profiteering because they can now send 70% of the money from the wristbands to charity. Lesser of two evils and all that.
Only thing is, it isn't the lesser of two evils at all. It's the same evil that is among what the people beind MPH seek to stamp out but in a different place. Again, the end appears to be justifying the means. Again, we see double standards - slave labour is bad unless the fruits of said slave labour go to good causes. I can just see hundreds of the socialite munters who blindly back the campaign looking to boost their profiles making a big deal about whether they should cast aside their wristbands and boycott it as they do Tesco's and M&S for their tenuous links to Israel (which is unquestionably evil, apparently.) In fact, the white silicone indulgences could feasibly become a self-feeding cycle whereby the people in charge of the campaign pocket a few pence here, a few pence there, doing good, but never quite completely stamping out poverty. It could be quite profitable, couldn't it?
And another thought - Suppose that the yellow "Live Strong" anti-cancer wristbands are made in sweatshops as well. The "lesser of two evils" writ doesn't run here either. If it is unethical for people in developed countries to exploit those in developing countries for profit and consumer goods, then how is it any less unethical for people in developed countries to exploit those in developing countries to help cure or prevent cancer in developed countries? It's the same thing, is it not, enslaving one group of people for the benefit of another?
This whole affair only comfirms my suspicion that with self-publicising celebrity socialites in charge of the campaign, the left hand just doesn't know what the right is doing.