Komen, Planned Parenthood & the power of an angry mob

How great has this week been? When I first heard about the Susan G. Komen Foundation eliminating funding for the breast cancer screening services that Planned Parenthood provides to poor women, I was shocked. I took to my blog, Facebook and Twitter to express my dissatisfaction as did a lot of people. I sent them $50 and others sent them 2,999,950 more. I wouldn’t have been surprised if that was it.

It wasn’t.

Over the next few days, the mob got louder and angrier, and they kept it up. It got so bad, that today Komen apologized and stepped back (albeit a little) from their original plan. It’s a testament to the power of an angry mob.

What amazes me, is that companies and organizations continue to make the same mistake. First there was Lowe’s, then there was SOPA and now the Komen debacle. You’d think they’d learn. The damage to Komen’s brand and reputation may be irreparable. This controversy has forced many people to take a deeper look at them and what was found wasn’t pretty. The founders of Komen have been found to be big GOP donors. They had no issue putting their brand on pink guns,and a new part of their management team is a major anti-abortionist. Many of the supporters they lost this week will not be coming back.

At the end of the proverbial day, I’m happy this happened. Planned Parenthood collected $3 million to help people who need it the most and we know what the Komen Foundation really is. And the internet and social media has become of age as a tool of mass activism.

It’s been a really good week.

  • http://www.merujo.com Merujo

    Knowing how much of the money SGK takes in goes just to feed their machine/manage administration, I was turned off about ever giving them money before this mess. But this sewed it up for me. It's amazing how fast the fire spread via social media, and for common people to take a machine like SGK and turn it on its side with the power of Twitter, Facebook, and other SM outlets is simply remarkable.

    • speener

      To be honest, they never were on my list. I didn't care for their litigiousness with other charities and I'd heard rumblings that the money wasn't always well spent, but I had no idea that they are as conservative as they are. It's as if they believed that only the pro-lifers cared and the other side was to be ignored. It is amazing how fast it spread and toppled them.