For the past two or so weeks, social media is jammed end to end with videos of people dumping freezing cold water on their heads in the name of charity.
But it’s not just an empty awareness campaign. The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association has earned $53 MILLION dollars from generous Ice Bucket Challengers all across the country and world because of this campaign. That is absolutely insane. People aren’t just dumping the ice, posting the video, and forgetting about it. They’re dumping the ice, posting the video, and then logging onto ALSA’s website and putting their money where their mouth is (myself and my family members included).
Yet, everyone who isn’t participating has a huge fucking complaint about it.
“I’m so sick of your videos clogging up my time line!”
“You should be charitable because you want to, not because it’s a fad!”
“All you’re doing is dumping water! You’re not even helping people!”
“Waaaaaaaah! All these people are ruining my Facebook and my Instagram!”
Meanwhile, Ferguson, Missouri is eating itself alive. A terrorist group beheaded an American and put the video on Youtube. The Middle East is a God dammed living catastrophe. But no, let’s complain about how generous your friends and family are.
We are a country full of petulant assholes. Seriously, guys. What a fucking world we live in that we have the time and audacity to COMPLAIN about people giving to charity, because they’re doing in a way that you don’t approve of. Do you even understand how spoiled we are that we are sitting around bitching about Facebook timelines having videos of the Ice Bucket Challenge?
This complaining is all the while going on from people who use Facebook as a Twitter timeline during Steeler games, compulsively post recipes and Buzzfeed surveys and DIYs, daily photos of your kids sleeping, unlimited selfies, passive aggressive posts to “you know whos”, and eCards about what a dick everyone else is.
Posting about charity has become an offense as egregious as posting Walking Dead spoilers. I think back to the last Summer Olympics and how pissy I was about day time spoilers. Ya know what? When the Winter Olympics rolled around, this time I just stayed off social media and enjoyed my reward of watching USA hockey spoiler free when I got home from work.
If you don’t like it, stay off of Facebook.
We truly aren’t happy unless we are bitching and moaning about something, but this one just takes the cake. I’ve complained about a ton of shit in my time, but this is just too much.
Pretty soon, the Ice Bucket Challenge will be gone like a fart in the wind, and everyone can go back to cry-babying over who Taylor Swift is singing about now, what Kardashians are naming their kids, how if you don’t like Obama you’re a racist, and how you’re a homophobe if you eat at Chik-Fil-A.
If you actually watched some of the videos, you’d learn that this disease affects the lives of many people that you know. More people than I realized have lost a loved one to ALS. This does actually mean something to a great deal of people, and you’re verbally beating them down because of a minor annoyance in your life.
Find something to support, or support nothing and no one. That’s your choice. But don’t bitch about something as rare as this and then act like you’re not being completely ridiculous for choosing this as your target. There are people out there affected by this disease whom have never had a voice. If you’ve never seen what ALS does to a person, consider yourself lucky. Let this cause have its 15 minutes. The disease’s victims and their families deserve at least that much.
Donate here and be sure to check to see if your employer participates in gift matching for this cause and any other charitable foundation that you support!