First off, I need to make a point as to alert people that it took two idiots to show just how idiotic people are treating this "ice water" challenge. A great many cheers go out to Steve-O and Charlie Sheen, guys who I (just four seconds ago) called idiots, but will no longer call them that. They have my respect and the respect of the ALS Association for their $1,000 and $10,000 respective donations, and for calling people out on the idiocy of the "ice water challenge".
Now, on to my bullshit rant.
An interesting thing happened in the past couple days. As a flood of videos came rushing in on Facebook involving the challenge to help "awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease", I noticed that the majority of people dumping water on their heads made NO MENTION as to what the challenge was for. Nor did they make any mention as to promote any kind of monetary reciprocation for the ALS Association. After the first video I saw late last week, it took two days and probably a dozen videos before someone finally mentioned (before being dunked) what the challenge was for. That's not the interesting part - I will get to that in a moment.
The "ice water challenge" became more of a stupid stunt (it seemed) for friends to "challenge" each other with than becoming any kind of act with a given purpose to help save lives. The whole thing felt like a weasel's version of a shitty Jackass stunt. For morons. Who like to waste.
Now don't get me wrong - a great many of you I'm sure had your hearts in the right place, and I'm sure even some of you made donations to the ALS Association, right?
In case you didn't, here's a link so that you can donate to your heart's content.
Here it is again in printed link form: http://www.alsa.org/donate/
Here it is yet AGAIN with a link embedded into the actual name of the foundation that NEEDS your money, and not your ice water wastefulness: The ALS Association
The interesting part happened when today, I was so angry at the people who made no attempt to make mention as to what the "wasted ice water dumping on my head" challenge was for, that I made the effort to go to the ALS Association and make my $100 donation. Yes, your ice water challenge videos actually worked in helping to raise awareness for the research to help fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. But, did it need to be in this stupid form that people should have known would be more about the shitty "challenge" part rather than a purpose for raising actual awareness for the needed research at the ALS Association?
Nobody called me out or "challenged" me to dump and waste my dog's drinking water (hose water) on my balding scalp. I went to the website, donated my $100, and now I "challenge" YOU and WHOEVER ELSE DUMPED FUCKING WATER ON YOUR HEAD TO GO TO THIS WEBSITE AND DONATE YOUR $100! If you have the money to own the camera to shoot the video, and you can afford the water bill to willingly pour water on your head during this drought, then you can actually give a simple $100 for actual research.
Just doing the "awareness" part works - in this case, yes - but now you should do your part and put your money where your mouth is. For those of you fucking idiots who think the dumping of ice water on your heads is just a "challenge" and don't actually know (or make any attempt to mention) what it is for, then maybe next time the challenge should be pouring your own Mountain Dew-colored piss on your head, because THAT, my friends, would be a challenge you would remember, and willingly donate money for in order to NOT have to do.
The people suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease would appreciate the piss out of you.
P.S. In case you need a link again to the website to donate your $100 (and you didn't see the previous eight that I posted), here it is for an eighth time.
P.S.S. This is just my way of thinking, but from here on out, if your "ice water challenge" video doesn't end with you walking over to your computer and filming yourself donating money on the ALS website, then you are officially a gawdamn asshole.