She gave him an earful this week, and he took it all graciously. She gave him one my 'not a ribbon' knots, and when we arrived, we saw it attached to the mic cord that was set up in the booth. He told us afterward that a lot of what she had discussed with him affected the direction he took and the questions he asked during the forum (with an MDAnderson doctor, a TV personality who has had BC and another woman with BC) portion. I thought he did well, directed the comments and discussion in a real and educational direction, and I was impressed after meeting him that indeed his heart is in the right place when it comes to trying to educate and not just titillate.
|Kristan and Mathew Blades|
In addition to the huge wall of bras display, which was more like a giant flag made of bras, strung up by (vocab recall issue...) those tall truck thingies that reach high places, they had a Mobile Mammography unit on site, and had 24 un/under-insured women signed up to receive mammograms.
|Wall of Bras?|
|Kristan and the guy from Sojourner Center|
After learning about the recipient of the donations, meeting Matthew and hearing that he really does care about the truth of the breast cancer story, I felt quite good about attending. I gave Matthew my Dirty Pink T-shirt, on which I spent hours last night writing quotes from all of you wonderful voices in the blog-o-sphere and cancer voice community with a Sharpie.
|Me with Mathew Blades|
|Kristan, shaking her head at the giant pink bra|
Of course, we left before the after-work crowd came by, so it may still get more pink festering, I mean festive, as the day goes on.
All in all, this Dirty Pink Critic of the fluffy pink culture has to say, "Good Job, Mathew Blades". While I don't condone the use of titillation to attract attention, he didn't even stand on stage and say "boobies", and I do believe that the results of this event were a good thing.
|Kristan and Me|