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Liberals, the fun people! Attacking the Ice Bucket Challenge for wasting water–or something

August 22, 2014

From my latest blog post for the Los Angeles Times:

Even the spectacle of progressive hate-object George W. Bush getting doused over the head by former First Lady Laura Bush among the latest in a laundry list of well-known people to undergo the ice-bucket treatment hasn’t mollified the joyless pundits resolved to leach all the pleasure out of a hot summer afternoon.

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Will Oremus of Slate wags his finger:

“Some of the people issuing the challenges have tweaked the rules by asking people to contribute $10 even if they do soak themselves. Even so, a lot of the participants are probably spending more money on bagged ice than on ALS research.”

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“As for ‘raising awareness,’ few of the videos I’ve seen contain any substantive information about the disease, why the money is needed, or how it will be used. More than anything else, the ice bucket videos feel like an exercise in raising awareness of one’s own zaniness, altruism, and/or attractiveness in a wet T-shirt.”

Don’t you wish that someone would drop a bucket of ice onto Oremus’s head–bottom first? (Just kidding, Will!)

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Daggersix permalink

    Charlotte,
    Saw your piece in the LA Times this morning. You got your usual ration of crap from the usual sources. So I figured I’d jump in to give them something to think about. This is the comment I left in the LAT Comments section.

    There’s a double standard that the Left will never admit. Guy Laliberte, the founder and owner of cash cow Cirque du Soleil, and a big Progressive, spent $40 million to buy himself a ride on a Russian space mission. Since he is a Progressive, he could not just admit that he can indulge himself in whatever whimsy he can afford. So the cover story was that he was doing it to “raise awareness” on the lack of clean water in the Third World and so-called “developing” countries. You know, he was doing it for that tiny village in Malawi where the women have to carry water on their heads for miles every morning. And, of course, the only way to fix that is to ride into space. The Left never raised an eyebrow. Do you think that $40 million might have been better spent on actually, oh, I don’t know, PROVIDING some fresh water facilities to struggling villages. But since Guy is one of THEM, there was nothing but silence from the usual sourpusses. Here’s the big problem with Progs. Their biggest fear is that somebody they don’t approve of is having fun. You know, because “children are starving.” And they’ll ignore the fact that Bill Clinton admits to smoking thousand dollar cigars or that Michelle wears $900 sneakers.

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