(WARNING: RANT AHEAD) Oh Goody. Time for Another Stupid Facebook Meme

Hey everybody. I’ve got a great idea. Stop falling for lousy Facebook mass emails and subsequently spamming my Facebook feed with idiotic “let’s fool the men” status updates that do nothing more than irritate me.


I’m a bit testy today, aren’t I? Well, this is the third year of this asinine breast cancer “awareness” drive that irks me more and more each passing year. And at the risk of irritating many of my friends (who have already posted the “I’m _______ weeks and craving _______” status update), I’m going to detail just why this meme seems to get under my skin so much. Nothing against you people who have already posted the update. This is about the MEME not YOU. Got that? The MEME. Not. You. I still love all of you, even if you’ve taken off five years of my life out of sheer aggravation that so many of you fall for this tripe.

(In case you were wondering, here’s the wording of the email making the rounds. The email that takes all of 5 seconds to find with a Google search:)

Ok pretty ladies, it’s that time of year again, in support of breast cancer awareness!! So we all remember last years game of writing your bra color as your status?…..or the way we like to have our handbag handy? Remember 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’ mean, keep them guessing!! And please copy and paste (in a message )this to all your female friends to see if we can make a bigger fuss this year than last year!!! I did my part… now YOUR turn ! Go on ladies…and let’s have all the males guessing! .. It’s time to confuse the men again (not that its really that hard to do :) ) Everyone knows it makes their brains work wonders on what we’re talking about!! The idea is to choose the month you were born and the day you were born. Pass this on to the girls only and lets see how far it reaches around. The last one about the bra went round all over the world. So you’ll write… I’m (your birth month) weeks and I’m craving (your birth date)!!! as your status. Example: Feb 14th is: I’m 2 weeks and craving Chocolate mints!! (***Followed by a grid that lists what candy bar to list for which day of the month***)

But first, a public service announcement. Cancer is an awful, terrible, horrifying thing that affects everyone on this planet, and doing anything we can to prevent it and find a cure for it is time well spent in my book. I’ve had friends and family members die from cancer of various types. I know full well the damage it can do and just how serious it is. Breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer–____ cancer. Any kind.

So this isn’t an anti-cancer awareness rant. It’s a particularly phony approach that some chucklehead came up with that’s really getting my goat. Let me count the ways:

  1. I feel like this sort of meme is extremely sexist, in more ways than one. You have the “don’t tell men–it’ll make them so curious.” Tee hee hee! I feel like this reduces women to nothing more than a bunch of tittering junior high school girls. You’re powerful, capable women, able to raise awareness for whatever you want by . . . gee . . . let me think . . . actually raising awareness for it? Coming together in a common effort, exploring your ideas with well-worded, reasoned arguments, using every tool in your rhetorical arsenal to persuade your audience that they need to PAY ATTENTION. Instead, you listen to some random email that says “It’s time to confuse the men again (not that it’s really that hard to do)” smiley face. What if I were to turn this around? What if this email said something like “Yo guys! You know how broads are so stupid? How about we make those dumb chicks wild, wondering about what our status updates mean.” How’s that sound to you? A little inappropriate, maybe? Some of you are probably already sharpening pitchforks to stab me just for using that sort of language at all. Sexism cuts both ways.
  2. This does nothing to promote breast cancer awareness. It promotes awareness of a stupid meme that plays upon a innate desire we all have to want to try and contribute something to a solution of a complex problem. It’s just as bad as those inane “99.5% of people won’t repost this, because they’re all heartless troglodytes who beat puppies” Facebook statuses that I detest almost as much as this one. If you want to promote a cause, promote a cause. Don’t promote a meme. Take some time out of your life, raise awareness of something. Donate some money. Or better yet, donate some real time. Because you know what? Taking five seconds out of your life to tell the world where you put your handbag, what color bra you’re wearing, or what your birth date is isn’t going to amount to a whole lot of good in the long run.
  3. This meme doesn’t seem to originate by anyone with one shred of credibility. October is breast cancer awareness month. So why is it that this meme has popped up now–at the beginning of September? And one of the rounds before came in January? Every time I see a bunch of my friends following one of these memes, I get ticked off at whoever started it. I could sit around and come up with something like this, then let it loose in the wild. People do this all the time. That’s why Snopes was invented, practically–to let people know when the issue they’re dealing with is real or not. To let you know that the “virus” you’re warning everyone about isn’t actually a virus. It’s a spam email some poor schmuck wrote to try and trick people into doing stupid things, just so they could sit back and laugh about what idiots we all are. 
  4. This particular meme seems to be rather ill-thought-out, even if it’s written by someone slightly reputable. October is also when Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness day is celebrated. So let me get this straight . . . we’re promoting “breast cancer awareness” by using status updates that make it sound like we’re all pregnant? Genius.
I could go on, but I don’t really feel like wasting another second of my life on this drivel. Until next year, or eight months from now, or whenever another one of these rears its ugly head.
Rant over. Go ahead and hate me now. Fill up my comments with things like “You’re missing the point, Bryce” or “See–you’re promoting breast cancer awareness, and it’s all because of this witty, wonderful meme” or whatever other argument you think will convince me.
Just know this. Every time somebody reposts a meme like this, a baby kitty gets clubbed in the head, and then someone uses that baby kitty to choke a manatee, and someone uses that manatee to kill a blue whale, and someone sells that blue whale corpse to the Big Fat Cats in Washington, who magically turn it into greenhouse gases, higher unemployment statistics, and birthday presents for Barack Obama AND George W. Bush.
So go ahead. Repost your meme, you kitty hating animal. But you’re not going to convince me.
And while you’re at it, I’ve waited until now to let you know that unless you link this post on your Facebook wall, you’re going to have bad luck for the next fifteen years. And you don’t want THAT do you? A man named Joe McFarkle read this post and didn’t link it. He ended up getting eaten by rabid chipmunks the very next day. And don’t get me started about what happened to little Susie Jiffleberry. Let’s just say it wasn’t an open casket.
Let’s all have a moment of silence for Susie Jiffleberry. 
It’s Friday, folks. I’m going to go do my best to forget this post ever happened.

11 thoughts on “(WARNING: RANT AHEAD) Oh Goody. Time for Another Stupid Facebook Meme”

  1. I’m just amused because my sister and I were just chatting on the phone about this exact same subject this morning. We both think that awareness is more likely to be raised by, you know, talking openly about whatever you’re trying to raise awareness about….

  2. Quick! Repost this! 🙂

    Yeah–I’m hoping people get what I’m talking about. Unfortunately, many of my friends have already followed the meme, so I’m expecting a fair number of negative, defensive comments . . .

  3. Perfect, perfect, perfect. I rambled for a while on FB recently about why I never use it (because of those prior ‘awareness memes’ and similar stupidity), so I just went and posted the link to this because you say pretty much what I was trying to say then, except…. better. Bravo.

  4. Awhile ago when it was “change your profile pic to a cartoon to raise awareness of child abuse” I did a rant and caught some flack. I don’t remember what I said. Something along the lines of “NO ONE is on the other side of this issue. EVERYONE wants child abuse (or cancer for this meme!) to end! If you ACTUALLY want to raise awareness, go get off your lazy facebook butt and do something to help your community.”

    I think you’re wording for your cancer awareness rant is slightly more eloquent than mine for child abuse awareness… 😉

  5. Well said!! I actually fell for it a few days ago and thought one of my friends was pregnant, so I said huh? and she private messaged me (since I’m a female) and let me in on it and invited me to do it too. Which I didn’t because it’s f’ing gay. But hey, now we are all aware that breast cancer exists! I had completely forgotten. (There needs to be a eyes-roll emoticon you can do in text so I could insert that here) But I figure, hey, there’s lots of really stupid things I do for fun, so I’ll let it slide. But they should be more honest and say “Hey let’s do this really f’ing gay thing just for fun!”

  6. Amen. I hate these things. And I hate this one even more because the first time I saw it it was my mom posting, and I thought she was pregnant and craving weird candy and that totally freaked me out.

  7. LOL Bryce! Your sarcasm makes me laugh! I love it and I agree with your post! I do have one thing to add. The first year it was witty, the subsequent years, old news. No one is scratching their head trying to figure it out. its more like, “This again?”
    How do I share this link of FB? I am not computer savvy.

  8. Thanks! To share on Facebook, just copy the web page address and paste it into your Facebook status update. FB should automagically attach the page and link it, and you can then say whatever you want to say about it.

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