|This was doing the rounds after the no make up selfies hit the Facebook newsfeeds. It really made me laugh|
So, some genius came up with the idea of raising money for charity (cancer research) by making the person take a picture of themselves. It wasn't take a picture of a thing of beauty or anything humble it was take a picture of yourself. Not only could they take a picture of themselves but they could do it all in the name of charity. They could also tell you they've donated to charity and you could praise them for doing so. Genius. Would they have raised the same amount of money if they had merely posted "please donate £3"? I doubt it somehow. It had to involve something that people could show they had given money. As an added bonus their chums could tell them how beautiful they looked with no make-up on. In fact, for some, this was worth more to them than donating £3. We all need to look younger than we are don't we. I remember Carrie Fisher saying once "christ I'm 50 (or thereabouts) what am I supposed to look like!" Well in this day and age of the selfie you need to look forever young and have a picture of Dorian Gray in your attic.
Although, how many actually donated £3? Pretty confident there were many that just did the selfie and not much else. And that's where we all fall down - the only person that needs to know what you give is you and your maker. Did the great Victorian philanthropists go around shouting how much they donated? I don't know? Have you heard any of these people?
What's the problem I hear you say? It's raised a few million when it might ordinarily not have done - its only a bit of fun. Yes, playground fun as we've all reverted back to being high schoolers haven't we. A bit like the messages you get that are a bit of fun but are under the guise of promoting some charity and you're meant to play along as, after all, its for a good cause. No, its highly bloody irritating! I left school a long time ago - it doesn't make me a bad person to leave the conversation when I'm meant to tell everyone what the size of my bra is in the name of charity. I used to make paper fortune tellers - remember those? But that was when I was 14 for petes sake - I'm 40 now!! I don't want to play!
|Things I used to do when I was 14 - I don't want to do the facebook equivalent because I've grown up! Pic google pictures|
|A no make up selfie which is hard to take but is also a very sad reflection of our times|
What do you think? Harmless bit of fun or is it going a bit dark out there? Cue Tales of the Unexpected or The Equaliser music.....!