Every time I turn on my computer or glance at my phone, more friends are dumping ice water on their heads. If they’re not dousing themselves, they’re sharing the video of another celebrity participating in this odd fad. Then there is that moment when you realize you’ve been challenged by a friend. No doubt, it’s the online trend of the summer. I don’t have much in common with LeBron James, but he and I both challenged our friends to take the challenge and and/or donate to ALS. I challenged some fellow moms and their little ones by the blow-up pool on our deck. King James challenged the POTUS from his yacht. Still, LeBron and I were both cold and that’s pretty cool. I really want a Kardashian to do this. I imagine they would use Evian or Fiji or something, and I want to see that.
I smile every time I see one of these silly videos. I chuckle every time I see someone leave a comment on Facebook after they’ve been challenged and say something like, “Oh no! Not doing it! But, we totally pledge our support. Donated $50.” What a wonderful place the Internet is.
Then it isn’t. Then the Internet becomes the nasty place it sometimes can be. My heart sank yesterday when I read a Facebook status that said, “SO OVER people pouring water on their heads! So stupid!” Another said, “I’ll donate for these videos to stop!”
Really?! Of all the Internet fads, this is the one you want to stop? You made your Year In Review Flipagram video on New Years Eve like everyone else. You just posted the results of the Buzzfeed quiz that told what your favorite junk food said about your sex life, but you’re bashing the Ice Bucket Challenge?
I have to wonder how many people even knew what ALS was until this fad. ALS is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a horrible, scary disease that leaves people paralyzed before they die. Thousands of people are diagnosed every year. I think it’s pretty amazing that people are donating money to find a cure and raise awareness.
If you’re “so over” the Ice Bucket Challenge, just keep scrolling down and ignore the videos. You don’t have to watch them, you don’t have to participate and you don’t have to donate, but don’t douse the flames of a trend that has caught fire. Especially one that could help find a cure for a disease that any one of us could get.