What’s fantastic? SELF magazine made fun of a cancer survivor’s tutu (article by Greg Bledsoe, 5 NBC Chicago). Likely an accident, but one born of judging another for an innocuous thing.
After reading the article, I was somewhere between “Wow, what moron thought that was a good idea to feature?” — like, they thought she did it for no reason? Runners typically just wear running gear: shorts; tee-shirt, tank top, or sports bra; and sneakers. The person in charge of finding material for the feature must not have asked, considering the manner in which the feature ran and resulting backlash.
Even if she wore the tutu for “no reason”, wearing it for fun is enough reason. Laughs don’t need to be at others’ expense to be humorous. But putting tutus under a “BS Meter”? Again, srsly, just no. Children have worn superhero costumes to feel better. Do these outfits really much differ from choosing baldness as a compassionate gesture of solidarity?
According to the article, Allen, a San Diego runner and cancer survivor, said
the photo was “really offensive for a couple of reasons.” The marathon came right in the middle of chemotherapy, and she says the outfit gave her motivation.
“The reason we were wearing those outfits is because this was my first marathon running with brain cancer,” Allen explained.
Another reason was that she made the tutu herself. Her company Glam Runners makes them and donates the money to Girls on the Run, a charity that sponsors exercise and confidence-building programs for young girls. She said she’s raised about $5,600 for the nonprofit by making about 2,000 tutus over the past three years.
But hey, the magazine really shed some light on why she wore it. Knowing is half the battle, which should help the charity, and that’s at least something good that came of it.
If wearing a tutu, Spandex, or cape makes you smile and you feel better, then do it. Creativity is one way people who face what seems like impossible odds triumph.