Only in this money-driven, capitalistic, can’t see any further than 3 months in the future society, can a company with “fried chicken” as its money-maker be national partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure (SGKC), a breast cancer education and research non-profit based out of Dallas.
Are we serious, America?
Am I the only one aware that oily, greasy, deep-fried meats increase the chances of developing cancer?
Probably not. But perhaps no one at the SGKC is aware of that, because they are taking fifty-cents for every bucket of KFC chicken sold, guaranteeing them a check for anywhere between $1 million and $8.5 million. It’s quite astounding, don’t you think?
After all, SGKC is trying to fight cancer, yet here they are, using their charity as a marketing tool to promote the selling of cancer in a bucket. And don’t give me that crap that KFC has other kinds of chicken that aren’t as unhealthy as fried chicken. On the contrary, KFC’s grilled chicken is probably more cancerous than fried chicken.
According to Dr. Neal Barnard, 2007 President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “Grilled chicken can cause cancer, and consumers deserve to know that this supposedly healthy product is actually just as bad for them as high-fat fried chicken.” [Source: NaturalNews.com]
So how can SGKC accept a check from a company that is everything they should be fighting in their battle against cancer? Forget the mere fact that grilled chicken can cause cancer, what about the fact that gaining weight increases one’s chances for cancer? A bucket of KFC chicken can contain as much as 160 grams of fat! If that doesn’t put cancer in you, it’s because it has probably killed you off first!
Isn’t SGKC supposed to be an educational organization as well? They go out and give away guides and publish all kinds of literature about understanding breast cancer, and then they go out and help push pink, chicken buckets to the general populace? If that’s not blasphemous, what is?
Of course, as angry as most people are and should be about a cancer research organization contradicting its own objective, it’s easy to see why SGKC and KFC are doing this—it’s a match made in heaven.
KFC is getting all kinds of crap for pushing a sandwich made with two fried chicken filets as bread, and they could use some good PR as a company helping fight what their product may cause. It is kind of like an oil company donating money to research on green technology, and quite frankly, there’s nothing wrong with that.
For SGKC, however, they are a philanthropic organization, which means they need to be above the fray, even though they need people to give them money. Obviously, It benefits everyone they serve each and every time they take in one, red cent of capital. So who are they to turn down somebody’s dollar, especially when KFC is going to sell chicken no matter what? Why shouldn’t they profit off of it? That’s a good question, and if I worked for SGKC, it might be one that I couldn’t answer.
But speaking as someone on the outside, this just isn’t right. I’m the first one to blow the timeout whistle on PETA when they go overboard, but you have to respect them for the fact that they always stick to defending their cause. Like the Humane Society, PETA could have easily partnered with Michael Vick and used his celebrity to further promote their cause, but that’s not who they are. Instead, they blasted Vick, went after him, and condemned him for being the exact antithesis of what their company does for animal rights.
SGKC could do themselves a favor and learn a thing or two about being a charitable organization from the folks at PETA. SGKC shouldn’t just go around collecting every dollar thrown at them, giving credence to companies that negate the very efforts and objectives of their foundation. Hopefully, the PR for SGKC will be bad enough so that they never do this again. Unfortunately, KFC has a lot of money and they need the good PR. So next time around, the fried chicken company will find somebody else to give their money to; that is of course assuming that SGKC won’t be just as willing to sell out by accepting yet another check from what should be their mortal enemy.