Komen Shuts Down Other Opinions

from politico.com

Yesterday I wrote about my utter astonishment in the “Singing Mammogram” released by Komen. A quick read of Twitter, as well as comments on my blog, suggest I’m not alone. In fact, it would seem that enough people offered negative feedback on the YouTube page that Komen has turned off the comments.

As the president of another breast cancer organization, I readily recognize that not everyone will agree with me, or with our organization’s take on the issues. I know that there are many opinions. I also know that I’m pretty strong in stating mine. I don’t tell people that they were wrong, but rather that I disagree. I don’t eliminate opinions I disagree with. And I most certainly never, EVER, no matter how confrontational or oppositional a comment, fail to invite open discourse on my blog.

As amazed as I am that Komen approved such a demeaning and sexist video, I’m even more amazed that they have sought to avoid dialogue by simply ignoring the voices of anyone who doesn’t support them.

Is this really how a leading breast cancer organization should behave? How will shutting down our voices lead to “the cure?” What say you?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kuchenhexe
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 21:36:32

    I wish I could say this surprises me, but it honestly doesn’t. What does surprise me is them having comments open at all in the first place. They don’t want to hear anything that doesn’t follow their agenda, and they have a history of shutting down opposition when they can.


  2. Carol
    Oct 16, 2014 @ 07:19:21

    They know their position is insupportable to people who really understand what they are doing — making people “feel good” so they continue to donate. It has nothing to do with actually finding a cure. The cure would put them out of business. The truth, that they only donate a miniscule amount to “the cure” — metastatic research, is something they don’t want to discuss.


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