“The Emperor Has No Clothes”: Komen for the Cure Exposed

I’m pleased to have written a guest editorial for KomenWatch about the recent scandal involving the Komen organization.

KomenWatch (www.komenwatch.org) is a public service website aimed at “sharing information and generating critical discussion about the largest breast cancer fundraiser in the world, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.” The KomenWatch website includes a large, searchable database of news sources and other articles that highlight public concerns about the Komen organization and/or its role in contributing to the splintering of the breast cancer movement and to the overt commercialization . . . → Read More: “The Emperor Has No Clothes”: Komen for the Cure Exposed

Attention! [by Chemobabe]

Lani Horn, a.k.a. Chemobabe

Pink Ribbon Blues is honored to share a recent post from blogger, Lani Horn, who writes under the name Chemobabe. She is a social scientist in her “regular life” and created ChemoBabe as a persona who has “enough spunk and edge to get smacked down” by treatment and “stand back up ready to fight some more” and who could “talk back bluntly to the euphemistic ways people skirt that horror in everyday conversations.” Horn has shared her experiences with cancer and . . . → Read More: Attention! [by Chemobabe]

Komen’s Leadership In Question

Photo by Astrid Stawiarz for The Wall Street Journal

The fury over Komen’s official responses to the trademark debacle continues to mount as individuals, breast cancer advocates, journalists, bloggers, and the diagnosed raise numerous questions about Komen’s trademark policing, hubris, and financial allocations. Despite an ambiguous admission on the Nightly News with Brian Williams that Komen may have been “overzealous” in its trademark protection and that the organization is “not perfect,” Komen maintains its official response that it sees trademark protection as “responsible . . . → Read More: Komen’s Leadership In Question

Nightly News Reveals Komen’s Overzealousousness

On the Nightly News (Jan. 24, 2011) Brian Williams opened a segment about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® trademark feuds with the following statement:

“The Susan G. Komen name is well known…what you may not know…the tactics and the power behind the name and the lengths they go to, to keep their work and their slogan their own. Smaller charities with the same goal of combating breast cancer have been forced into legal combat over this very thing.”

Correspondent Anne . . . → Read More: Nightly News Reveals Komen’s Overzealousousness

“Hubris For The Cure”

Kathleen Kolb is a physical therapist, artist, breast cancer survivor, and writer of the blog The Accidental Amazon. With her permission, the Pink Ribbon Blues Blog republishes her recent essay about the Komen trademark feuds, aptly titled “Hubris For The Cure.”

Ribbons Running

Frankly, I’d rather not have to write this post at all. But despite all that has been written regarding Susan G. Komen’s attempts to prevent other charities from using the phrase, “for the cure,” I still don’t . . . → Read More: “Hubris For The Cure”

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Sells Out the Pink to Get the Green

This essay was republished with the same title by the Oxford University Press Blog on December 20, 2010, and by KevinMD.com in June, 2011 with the new title “How Susan G. Komen for the Cure affects other cancer non-profits.”

In response to increased publicity surrounding Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s questionable trademark and marketing activities, the organization published an official statement on its website, titled: “Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Sees Trademark Protection as Responsible Stewardship of Donor Funds.”

According to the statement, Susan G. Komen . . . → Read More: Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Sells Out the Pink to Get the Green

Poor Pink Goliath

Special correspondent to Oncology Times, Eric Rosenthal, wrote an article titled, “Komen ‘For the Cure’ Trademark Protection Ignites Ire of Some Breast Cancer Bloggers,” that discussed some of the recent concerns, particularly in the blogosphere, about Komen For the Cure’s trademark issues and marketing activities.

The article gives brief mention to other issues about the organization, namely the Komen-KFC partnership and the pink “buckets for the cure” campaign, but the article focuses specifically on two blogs written in early December about Komen’s actions to . . . → Read More: Poor Pink Goliath

The Battle “For the Cure” – The Phrase, That Is

Laura Bassett wrote a scathing essay in Huffington Post about Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s legal dealings to win control over the phrase “for the cure.” According to Bassett, “Komen has identified and filed legal trademark oppositions against more than a hundred…charities, including Kites for a Cure, Par for The Cure, Surfing for a Cure and Cupcakes for a Cure – and many of the organizations are too small and underfunded to hold their ground.”

Why would the largest, best funded, . . . → Read More: The Battle “For the Cure” – The Phrase, That Is

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