Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge Criticism

We know that fun, gimmicky, irrelevant campaigns like the ice bucket challenge for
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have a greater capacity to go viral than perhaps something more issue-based. I'm sure that's why many people participate. If you can have fun and do some good at the same time, why not?

In general, I don't object to a campaign being fun and of course, I am pleased to see so much money is being raised for ALS. It's a terrible brain disease that gradually paralyzes people who have it and then kills them.

But I am offended and disappointed (but not surprised) that, despite the campaign's incredible popularity, public discussion about ALS is almost totally absent, except in news coverage, though even that, I've noticed, has often been superficial. But the criticism has not been.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Robin Williams' suicide and depression myths

Robin Williams committed suicide a few days ago and it still feels surreal. I usually don't feel celebrity deaths personally and I seldom write about pop culture in this blog, but this is an exception.

I think that the collective heartbreak over Robin Williams' death speaks to his power. I can't remember who said it, but the person said that his loss is felt strongly because so many people feel like Robin is their favourite uncle. His humour and warmth made him so relatable. Honestly, part of the reason I'm so affected by his death is because I've realized I'll never get a bear hug from Robin Williams. We'll never crack a joke together.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rob Ford Rehab

I find it incredibly ignorant and disturbing that so many people use Rob Ford's mental health, specifically his recent addiction counselling, as a rhetorical tool to discredit and insult him.

When you associate mental illness with undesirable character and policies, you're stigmatizing people with mental illness in general, not just insulting Rob Ford and his policies. There's no justice there for anyone. Stop it.

Let's stick to meaningful political discourse, shall we?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Raising $500+ for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus: My Birthday Wish

There is less than a week left to donate to my fund for the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario (SBHAO)! Please help me raise $500+ to reach my new goal of $1000. This fantastic non-profit organization provides programs and services to people affected by these conditions, including me.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Yes, Redskins is racist and no, Cracker Barrel is not. (sigh)

I'm glad that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled the Washington Redskins trademark. It's racist. Im disappointed with its supporters who argue that Cracker Barrel is racist and should be next, under this logic.

Actually, Cracker Barrel really just refers to crackers, not a colonization of white people and systemic racism against them... because these things never happened.