Ice Bucket Challenge: Stupidest Idea Ever

But, like many stupid ideas, it’s working.

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I wish I could have been in the room when someone came up with the utterly stupid idea for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, wherein you dump a bucket of ice water on yourself (recording it for YouTube, of course) and challenge six others to do the same, or you donate $100 to the ALS Association, which combats Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

I imagine it went down something like this:




Step One: The person who came up with the utterly stupid idea for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge makes their pitch, as the rest of the conference room noshes on cheese danishes and drinks coffee.

Step Two: There's a very brief period of silence where people are looking around at each other to see who is going to call it the stupidest idea ever first.

Step Three: The resident jerk-guy is about to speak up, but then the head honcho starts clapping, calling it "utterly brilliant." Sort of like in Big when Robert Loggia deems Tom Hanks an absolute genius. Of course, the analogy isn't precise, since Hanks' idea was actually good, whereas the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is utterly stupid. But you get my point.

Of course, like many utterly stupid ideas, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken off online in what is perhaps the biggest way possible. It has gone absolutely viral. Actually, it is beyond viral. It has gone, as some press outlets have called it, "mega viral."

Here's a partial list of famous people who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:

Mark Zuckerberg
Martha Stewart
Chris Christie
Elizabeth Banks
Jimmy Fallon and the Roots
Matt Lauer
Justin Timberlake
Ethel Kennedy (Yes, of those Kennedys)
Kathy Lee Gifford

I could go on and on. Just check the Twitter.

Since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge debuted just over a week ago, the ALS Association has raised over $5 million. In the same period last year, the organization saw just over $30,000 in contributions. No matter how stupid an idea the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is, it's pretty hard to argue with those numbers, right?

Well, not exactly.

In the past couple of days, there has been quite a bit of backlash against the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, because, you know, we don't have enough to worry about in Ferguson, Israel and Iraq, among the many other places causing enough collective conflict to fill the opening scenes of an Armageddon movie.

Money magazine reporter Jacob Davidson, whose father died from the disease, wrote an essay in TIME titled, "We Need to Do Better Than the Ice Bucket Challenge." He calls the initiative "problematic in almost every way."

Slate's senior technology writer is telling folks to "Take the 'No Ice Bucket' Challenge."

The steps are as follows:

1) Do not fetch a bucket, fill it with ice, or dump it on your head.
2) Do not film yourself or post anything on social media.
3) Just donate the damn money, whether to the ALS Association or to some other charity of your choice. And if it’s an organization you really believe in, feel free to politely encourage your friends and family to do the same.

President Obama decided to go that route.

And the criticism and backlash have now trickled down to the masses.

Yesterday, I noticed several Facebook friends posting critiques of the challenge, raising points also raised in some of those articles and then also asking questions like, "What about breast cancer?"

And then this morning, another friend brought up the inevitable environmental argument against the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

"I just couldn't stop thinking about how it takes energy to make ice," he pointed out. "It's not quite the same as Americans wasting food on competitive eating types of things, but how much actual energy is being expended to make all this ice that people are just dumping on their heads? I wonder how people in poor desert countries feel about this. Ice Bucket Challenge: Somalia!"

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  • nonsenseyousay

    Not just Somalia, how about areas in the west that are experiencing drought?

    • Hcarlin

      Then we should probably ban sprinklers in America due to the drought… No one is allowed to water their lawns, fills their pools, take showers because of drought some where in the world. Don’t get me wrong, water conservation is important but I don’t think people pouring water onto their heads outside is going to make or break our water supply.

      • Matt

        It sends a bad message that it’s okay to waste water in small enough amounts.

        “Don’t get me wrong, water conservation is important but I don’t think filling up my pool is going to make or break our water supply.”

        By the way, most Californians ARE drastically reducing their lawn watering. Many are letting their lawns go brown, and others are replacing their lawns with desert flora. And pools are not that common.

        • WES

          You’re totally contradicting yourself buddy! The same Matt above also made this interesting comment:

          “Matt • 15 minutes ago

          I don’t care about how much water and energy they waste. I’m just pointing out the liberal hypocrisy in wasting water and energy in order to raise money for charity. Classic liberal inefficiency.”

          • Carrie

            He didn’t contradict himself. Do you even know what that word means?

            One can believe an issue to be a problem, yet not personally care if people exacerbate that problem.

  • don

    i’m sorry but you’re not convincing me that this is the “stupidest idea ever” and the way you imagine it “going down” is cliche and self serving, but your cliches fit well and you were very articulate in your wording. Congratulations. The point of it was to be creative and find a new way to raise awareness with the end goal of making money for a cause, which as you proved, has happened. How in any way is coming up with an idea to raise awareness that leads to benefiting a worthy cause a stupid idea? The real life boss you portrayed and from Big got to where they are for a reason – they think outside the box and can see the bigger picture. You and the people who see this as counter-productive obviously do not see the bigger picture here. If I were you I would look back and reassess my motives for writing this article and look at the actual good that has come from the Challenge.

    I will address the “wasting energy and water” argument. We do not purify water to be sent to these other countries and all the dumped in the Challenge water is recyclable and will be used again after filtering through ground water passages and back into the reservoir.

    • Matt

      The challenge is such that every single person who dumps water on their head is exempted from having to donate. What kind of stupid challenge is that? Ideally, NO ONE would be dumping water on their head, but unfortunately people are too damn stupid to realize that. Of course, lots of people who participated in the challenge didn’t even have a goddamn clue it was about ALS in the first place.

      http://i.imgur.com/sW1zYOe.png

      http://i.imgur.com/6s1uioz.png

      The challenge wastes not only water but also energy (freezers do not run on sunshine). Your argument that the water is recyclable is absurd; by that logic, there’s nothing wrong with keeping a faucet on all the time.

      • Wes

        Hey Matt, why don’t you turn off your AC for the summer and quit “wasting energy”! There isn’t a shortage of water in our country and the people who are dumping water over their heads are essentially donating to the cause by paying for the water that is being dumped over their heads which in turn raises AWARENESS for the ALS foundation! Don’t be ignorant brother, would it be more cost effective to package that water up and send it to some 3rd world country?!?! NO! This uproar of people “wasting energy” is a superficial front so you can object just for the sake of objecting and bring attention to yourself. Don’t try to stand in the way of something others believe in just because you don’t feel the same way. There are so many worse things to worry about than people raising awareness for a horrific disease! As proven in the article they’ve successfully raised AWARENESS as well as $5,000,000 in direct result of this campaign, as compared to $30,000 they raised last year. Get off your soap box and embrace reality!

        • Matt

          I don’t have AC, let alone use it.

          There is a shortage of water in our country. In fact, there’s a shortage of water in our world, and more people will wake up to that reality in the coming decades. Water shortage will kill (and probably already has killed) far more people than ALS.

          The fact that this super-popular trend has only managed to raise $5 million despite having the participation of billionaires like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg is not to its credit. Bill Gates alone probably made $5 million in the 5 seconds it took him to dump the water on his head.

          I’m glad ALS is getting funding, but I regret that it has to come from the exploitation of human narcissism.

          • WES

            You, Matt, wrote this!! This totally discredits any further arguments you have:

            “Matt • 15 minutes ago

            I don’t care about how much water and energy they waste. I’m just pointing out the liberal hypocrisy in wasting water and energy in order to raise money for charity. Classic liberal inefficiency.”

      • WES

        From the horses mouth!!!
        “Matt • 15 minutes ago

        I don’t care about how much water and energy they waste. I’m just pointing out the liberal hypocrisy in wasting water and energy in order to raise money for charity. Classic liberal inefficiency.”

        • Matt

          Thanks for spreading the word!

          Can’t believe someone’s repeating my comments, free of charge. Awesome!

          • WES

            Can’t miss an opportunity to exploit a closet liberal who’s been trapped by his own words. Thanks buddy!

  • Joey McCool Ryan

    This is actually a wonderful idea Victor and I am ashamed you would write something like this! The disease is so unknown and the cruelest one there is. As I watched my mother die of the devastating conditions of this disease, I promised to do everything I could to help raise awareness and funding towards a cure. Here is the easiest and most awesome way to get the country to be the hope so many are dreaming about and strike out ALS. I think you should retract this story.

    • Remy

      I totally agree. I had no idea that ALS even existed, as I’m sure a lot of people didn’t until the Ice Bucket Challenge took over social media.. I think it’s a great idea. Or else I wouldn’t even be on this website form googling what ALS is.

      • Peekineeze

        How old are you?

      • Matt

        A lot of people still don’t know what ALS is, even AFTER participating in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” (which ideally would involve NO ice buckets, since the whole point is to donate money to charity OR dump ice water on your inflated head).

        • WES

          MATT,
          Quit hating on this!!! Your making yourself look like an idiot! The posts above prove wrong what you just stated! IT’S RAISING AWARENESS!!! As proven by Remy’s post!! Quit being so hard headed and ignorant and embrace a great endeavor when you see one!

          • Matt

            “Your making yourself look like an idiot!”

            You’re*

          • WES

            You do realize when you resort to pointing out grammatical errors YOU’RE obviously backpedaling right?!?! Keep up the good work, maybe Fiorillo might bring you onto his editing staff!

          • Matt

            You realize when you resort to calling someone an idiot while misspelling a five-letter word, you’re humiliating yourself, right?

        • WES

          Written by the same MATT who posted this ignorant picture:

          “Matt • 15 minutes ago

          I don’t care about how much water and energy they waste. I’m just pointing out the liberal hypocrisy in wasting water and energy in order to raise money for charity. Classic liberal inefficiency.”
          Quit your idiotic rant!

          • Matt

            Thanks for spreading the word!

            Can’t believe someone’s repeating my comments, free of charge. Awesome!

    • Matt

      The challenge is such that every single person who dumps water on their head is exempted from having to donate. What kind of stupid challenge is that?
      Ideally, NO ONE would be dumping water on
      their head, but unfortunately people are too damn stupid to realize
      that. Of course, lots of people who participated in the challenge didn’t
      even have a goddamn clue it was about ALS in the first place.

      http://i.imgur.com/sW1zYOe.png

      http://i.imgur.com/6s1uioz.png

      The tragic memory of your dying mother is no excuse to waste water and energy. Maybe you should consider the devastating conditions of water drought and pollution (yes, freezing water consumes energy that causes pollution).

      https://d9hblenkye35w.cloudfront.net/media/thumbnail/ext/xl/http%253A%252F%252Fscontent-a.cdninstagram.com%252Fhphotos-xpf1%252Ft51.2885-15%252F10547276_1453848611540654_278193710_n.jpg

      • WES

        Yet another ignorant response!! Listen to yourself:
        “Of course, lots of people who participated in the challenge didn’t
        even have a goddamn clue it was about ALS in the first place.” “IN THE FIRST PLACE”!! It’s about RAISING AWARENESS!!! Think before you type!

        • Matt

          “in the first place” = “when they did the ice bucket challenge”

          • WES

            WRONG! “in the first place” = when they first started seeing the videos on social media. Nonetheless they are AWARE of it now, which is the point!
            Just stop now!

      • James

        Hey Matt, do you work in healthcare or research? I’m assuming you do since you’re smugly dismissing the money this has raised. And considering how much Congress has gutted the NIH, ALS researchers really needed this money.

        • Matt

          Maybe you should ask “conservative WES” how much more funding he thinks Congress should allocate to the NIH.

          • WES

            Diverting attention from the original subject, real clever! I do know that Congress has allocated way more money to the NIH for Adolescent Sexual Activity research,Anthrax research, Methamphetamine research, Obesity, Alcoholism(10 x as much as ALS), Prescription Drub abuse, Pneumonia, ADD and a litany of other diseases that are on the same plane or below ALS. The $5 million represents over 10% of what is allocated to them by the government! So I absolutely more money should be funneled to the ALS foundation, however necessary. Any other questions?

    • Mogo Risin

      I agree with Joey McCool

      This is merely a hack reporter/writer trying to make a name for himself.
      What is far worse is Fiorilio’s “gossip” nonsense that gets into
      the print version of this fishwrap each month.

      He is a lousy reporter, and thank you for calling him out

    • Morlando26

      I don’t understand how $13,700,000 is a bad thing.

  • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

    dumber than Revel Victor?

  • Earl J

    Agree Victor. Wait until you see all the challenge nonsense that will spring up over the next few months.

  • Kevin

    So we should really shut down every charity in America. Many have office buildings that use electricity! They are polluting the earth! People should just donate without these offices!

    Every mailing campaign, every advertisement, every website needs to be shut down immediately (won’t someone please think of the servers!).

  • Marie B.

    It’s not a stupid idea. It’s clever marketing. It’s thinking outside the box and truth is I would think other people can look at it and think, “I could come up with something like this and raise awareness about something like thyroid (or any other type) cancer, RSD/CRPS, or even social issues like world hunger or lack of clean water.” You might not get it but things like this inspire people big time.

  • Ricko

    You noticed your Facebook friends posting critiques b/c you’re balls deep in the wears-all-black/I-hate-the-world crowd since they’re as miserable as you. All you do is f’ing complain, and you’re too stupid to realize nobody at the bar actually likes you…they just pretend to because you could trash the place in your columns. Everyone thinks you’re a smug a-hole with nothing to be smug about.

    You’re a gossip columnist. Useless people like you don’t get to decide who’s contributing enough to solve real problems, be it starvation, disease, war or injustice. Your contributions to anything are trite at best.

    Let me know when you’re treating ALS patients rather than writing columns about hating Penn kids in a desperate attempt to kiss bartender ass more than you already do.

    • Matt

      Steve-O said pretty much the same thing and got over 15,000 likes:

  • djack10

    I had so many people on my Facebook doing this that I decided to look ALS. See what happened? It’s fun and it’s different and it raised money for the cause. I don’t see what is not to like. I challenge you Victor to post a video of you doing the ice bucket challenge, and I’ll donate a $100!

    • WES

      Well said!

  • Shannon

    Shame on you. The “jerk” as you say is an ALS patient and his wife. He wakes up every morning knowing there is no cure, no treatment, and that he is inevitably going to die from this disease. There was no conference room. It was decided from his wheelchair where he is confined to because has lost the use of his legs and arms. Do your research. The only “resident jerk” I see here is you.

    • donny

      Amen Shannon the only stupid thing that I see the newspaper you talk about Ferguson and israel why don’t you focus on them instead of writing this stupid article

    • Matt

      The challenge is such that every single person who dumps water on their head is exempted from having to donate. What kind of stupid challenge is that? Ideally, NO ONE would be dumping water on their head, but unfortunately people are too damn stupid to realize that. Of course, lots of people who participated in the challenge didn’t even have a goddamn clue it was about ALS in the first place:

      http://i.imgur.com/sW1zYOe.png

      http://i.imgur.com/6s1uioz.png

      Not to mention all the wasted water and energy:

      https://d9hblenkye35w.cloudfront.net/media/thumbnail/ext/xl/http%253A%252F%252Fscontent-a.cdninstagram.com%252Fhphotos-xpf1%252Ft51.2885-15%252F10547276_1453848611540654_278193710_n.jpg

      • Ben

        The point is if you dump ice water on your head you still donate and if you do not dump ice water on your head you donate even more. Please know all the facts that this article conveniently leaves out. Obviously if everyone dumping ice water wasnt donating then they wouldnt have over 5 million in donations already. And in case you were wondering the challenge did its job, more people are talking about (such as yourself) and people now ask what is ALS.

        • hotbitch01

          There IS no point!! That’s what you don’t get. The fact that you REALLY think your money is going to ALS is sad.

      • WES

        It’s in an effort to raise AWARENESS as well as money! The ALS foundation has raised $5,000,000 this year alone, compared to $30,000 last year. You tell me if this is an effective campaign. Having witnessed the effects of ALS first hand I am all for this and I hope it continues to trend!! Don’t go against the flow just for the sake of going against the flow and attracting attention to yourself. How dare anyone criticize another for raising awareness for ALS, that is utter ignorance on your part and you should be ashamed of yourself!! Who are you to tell others not to advocate for the cause they believe in? I know there are a lot of great causes out there and I firmly stand behind many of those as well, however people are FREE to stand for what they believe in and shouldn’t have to listen to the badgering of babbling idiots! Take a step back and think about the real meaning behind this campaign and stop disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing!!

        • Matt

          How dare anyone exploit ALS to justify wasting water when a quarter of the country is facing water drought and energy (yes, freezing water costs energy) when the atmosphere is already inundated with pollution. That is utter ignorance on your part and you should be ashamed of yourself! Who are you to tell others not to advocate against wasting water and energy? I know there are a lot of other instances of wasting water and energy and I firmly oppose many of those as well, however people are FREE to voice what they believe in and shouldn’t have to listen to the badgering of babbling idiots! Take a step back and think about the real meaning behind this campaign: Exploiting this generation’s narcissistic obsession with social media popularity.

          If the only concern is “raising awareness”, then why not have people film themselves clubbing baby seals and writing “ALS” in the snow with their blood? At least then people would actually be remembering ALS every time, compared to this ice bucket challenge where a lot of the people don’t even know that it’s supposed to be about ALS. #BabySealChallenge

          • Concerned

            Right..because this challenge truly is going to have a huge, lasting footprint on the environment. You’re really savin the world, chief.

          • Matt

            It’s about the message it sends. The reason the American Southwest is currently facing a water shortage is because every individual “knows” that his or her own personal water usage is not significant enough to matter. #BabySealChallenge

            Anyway, the fact that people have to videotape themselves doing “good” (i.e., pouring ice water on their heads) to post on their Facebook wall and Twitter feed in order to gain likes and retweets is repulsive enough in itself.

          • WES

            The point is it’s raising awareness which in turn generates millions of dollars in support for the ALS organization! read that article that your liberal brother wrote he utterly contradicts himself! $5,000,000 vs. $30,000! At the cost of a few gallons of water! Also nobody is clubbing baby seals as much as you libs would love to see, so quit being so damn dramatic! Come on man, come back down to earth!! By the way don’t copy and paste my response into yours! Every other sentence was from my post! Don’t you libs take pride in being “original”?!?!

          • Matt

            What the…is this a joke? You think social media hashtag activism is some conservative thing? LOL. Yeah, I guess that’s why every liberal celebrity under the sun is doing it.

            What a fine list of upstanding conservatives:

            Mark Zuckerberg
            Martha Stewart
            Chris Christie
            Elizabeth Banks
            Jimmy Fallon and the Roots
            Matt Lauer
            Justin Timberlake
            Ethel Kennedy (Yes, of those Kennedys)
            Kathy Lee Gifford

            You can’t get any libbier than that. Sorry pal, but if you consider yourself a conservative, you should be taking my side. Grumpily complaining about millenials and Hollywood celebrities doing some goofy gimmick to raise money for charity is about as non-liberal as it gets.

            I suppose you think conservatives were behind the Kony 2012 movement. So, have you found him yet? lol.

          • WES

            You need to read a bit more carefully. I was criticizing YOUR liberal approaches to the argument such as pulling the argument to extremes by bringing up clubbing baby seals! I don’t care who stands behind this campaign, it’s not a liberal vs. conservative movement! Those who are on board have set aside their differences and decided to support a worthy cause! Don’t put yourself and your liberal beliefs on a pedestal. As far as Kony…… yeah I found him, I’ve got him tied up in my basement right now!

          • Matt

            I don’t care about how much water and energy they waste. I’m just pointing out the liberal hypocrisy in wasting water and energy in order to raise money for charity. Classic liberal inefficiency.

          • WES

            Yet you’re a liberal yourself?!?!

          • Bert’s Bells

            Well, you’re a moron but that doesn’t stop you from criticizing other morons.

          • Concerned

            That may be, but if that is what it takes for folks to do it, why fight it? The number show it’s been successful…

          • mystery

            Fools

          • Guest

            Whaaaaaa!

          • WES

            Well said, oh wait then you went and had to post this:

            “Matt • 15 minutes ago

            I don’t care about how much water and energy they waste. I’m just pointing out the liberal hypocrisy in wasting water and energy in order to raise money for charity. Classic liberal inefficiency.”
            A little contradictory don’t you think!
            Once again think before you type!

          • Matt

            “A little contradictory don’t you think!”

            Yes, thanks for noticing! This “Ice Bucket Challenge” certainly is contradictory. I’m glad you’ve finally realized.

          • WES

            You sound just like the kid in school who was picked on and always fired back with “I know you are but what am I?”. I love it man, you’re displaying your true character! Keep up the good work!

          • Matt

            Everyone knows the libs are the ones who like picking on themselves. You’re doing a good job of that by aligning yourself with Kennedy scum.

          • WES

            Hahaha! Exactly! Keep it up man, this is great!

          • Dave

            With all these sheep in this country we should be able to supply the world with wool for centuries. Bahhhhhhhhh.

          • Dave

            Get a new line Wes – you’re sounding redundant.

          • WES

            Thanks for the comment James, I wanted to ensure that I posted that below every one of “Matts” pictures so as to discredit him. I appreciate the input though!

          • Stephanie Andrews

            Please tell me you didn’t just say kill seals? You are the biggest problem in America instead of taking action to help individuals you shame people with your hateful crap. As someone who has had two members of family die of this illness and to see in both cases strong active men their entire lives to spend their last days wheelchair bound was heartbreaking. There is no cure for this destructive disease.

      • Stephanie Andrews

        Many of the ones that have dump water over the head have also made a donation, also donations to als are up and this is part of the reason cause it is raising awareness of a disease that tears the sick people of it completely, it robs them of their ability to use their muscles and ultimately kills them in the end, a cure needs to be found

      • Morlando26

        Don’t know what ALS is?
        The Flying Spagetti Monster invented a web page called, hold on, let me get the url for you, google.com It’s pretty far out man, can learn just about anything, even what ALS is. Don’t worry, I checked for you. Oh, who am I kidding, you were probably using google before it was cool, weren’t you.

        • Matt

          When did I ever say I don’t know what ALS is?

          When did I even imply I don’t know what ALS is?

          I realize you were trying to make a witty remark, but unfortunately it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

          • Morlando26

            “Of course, lots of people who participated in the challenge didn’t even have a goddamn clue it was about ALS in the first place.”
            Not saying you didn’t, but replying to a quote from your own original post. You troll so much you can’t even keep track.

          • Matt

            What I said was completely true. It is a fact that lots of people who participated in the challenge didn’t even have a goddamn clue it was about ALS. Don’t even try to pretend that’s not true.

            http://i.imgur.com/sW1zYOe.png

            http://i.imgur.com/6s1uioz.png

            Your comment pretending my statement meant I didn’t know what ALS is was a pathetic grasping for straws. That is literally trolling.

      • Aaron Volk

        except most people who do the challenge donate anyway. They raise millions per day for ALS with this challenge, shut up man.

        • Matt

          The fact that people of good conscience haven’t even been following the challenge’s “rules” just proves how poorly thought out it was.

          It would have made more sense if the challenge were simply to do both, instead of either. According to the rules, dumping water on your head is how you exempt yourself from having to donate more. Why on earth would anyone be proud to advertise that? No evasive talking points will change this fact.

    • James

      All the money they earned with the ice bucket challenge seems there should be a cure by now

    • Jorgitos

      So you blame society for your illness? Hmm.

    • Poet

      The ice bucket idea is retarded, and we are going to follow it up with a hot oil challenge to raise awareness for mental retardation and pack mentality.

  • tammi schultz

    I am wondering if you are actually a journalist because if so how did you miss this article explaining the ice bucket challenge, clearly your google research didn’t pick this up for you.

    http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/08/everything-your-facebook-friends-forgot-to-mention-about-the-ice-bucket-challenge/376018/

  • Jay

    Maybe we should all be throwing some ice water on the fund raising mayhem that seems to be washing over our society under the guise of “raising awareness”.

    Charity fund raising has become the vehicle that social media, attention seekers, use to extort money from those who actually dedicate time and effort towards a cause. “Hitting up” friends, family and coworkers, guilting them into contributing then patting yourself on the back and posting your good deed on social media seem to be a recurring theme.

    How about this……

    Spend a month cutting lawns or shoveling snow then contribute the funds towards a charity of your choice.

    Hmmm, you did real work and contributed money that you had to earn.
    One can only guess what will the next “charity of the month” be for those who raise “awareness”?

  • GK1993

    “Step One: The person who came up with the utterly stupid idea to write an article questioning a charitable movement that’s raised over $7 million (not $5 million – you should try this new thing called google) makes their pitch, as the rest of the newsroom noshes on cheese danishes and drinks coffee.

    Step Two: There’s a very brief period of silence where people are looking around at each other to see who is going to call it the stupidest idea ever first.

    Step Three: The lone intelligent guy in the group is about to speak up and say that the movement was started by 2 people currently suffering from ALS but then the editor starts clapping and tells the author to write the incredibly offensive article. Sort of like the Trojan who said, “Wow, what a beautiful wooden horse. We should bring it inside the city for everyone to see.” Of course, the analogy isn’t precise but both ideas were/are utterly stupid.”

  • Wesley Pipes

    So if you dump the ice bucket on yourself, does that mean you don’t donate? Doesn’t that make the celebrities (who dumped the buckets on themselves) look bad?

    • KP

      No, most celebrities did both

    • djack10

      Dumping the ice water allows you to challenge 3 more people. Most people choose to donate.no idea why you would post a video doing the challenge if you were not donating.

  • Quantum Looper

    I did my ALS video a bit different. I had a friend film me signing a check to the ALS Association. In the video I challenged 3 others to do the same. It accomplishes both the awareness part and the money part…plus I felt kind of like the POTUS when he’s signing a new bill into law, or one of his many executive orders :)

    • jennyct

      Awesome!

    • Morlando26

      Oh my god, you’re so much better than the rest of us who donated! Good for you!!!!

      • Matt

        Actually, he is. He donated and didn’t have to do some cheap publicity stunt to bring attention to himself or the cause.

        • Morlando26

          Yes he did, he had a friend film him writing a check to try and show up people trying to have fun with it. How is that any less narcissistic than a bucket of water? If anything I think it’s worse.

          • Matt

            I never said it’s better than donating privately without any filming. It’s simply better than the “look-at-me-I’m-pouring-ice-water-on-my-head!!!” popularity stunt.

            Why should people have “fun” with a fatal, painful neurodegenerative disease? I suppose you also would have supported some quirky gimmick to raise money for Holocaust victims.

            #PlankingForRapeVictims

          • Guest

          • Quantum Looper

            I guess you missed the point of what I did. I am not trying to be better than anyone. I was just trying to point out how ridiculous the method being used for awareness was. I realize that this “challenge” helped generate funds for the organization but I have a close family member who I watched die a slow and agonizing death from ALS. So excuse me for not finding anything “fun” about this tactic and for just wanting to give money for well needed research. THAT is all of what I was trying to show. Sorry it went over your head. How about a “Shoot yourself in the foot challenge” for diabetes awareness? Or a “Shock yourself with a stun gun” for Parkinson’s awareness? Please…no!
            I also do not trust fundraisers that tell us how to “raise awareness” for some cause.

          • Carrie

            They have to turnn horrible afflictions into “fun” or popularity contests for stupid Americans to give a crap.

            I shake my head every time I see food in pink packaging for “breast cancer awareness” in the store. These packages are also, of course, usually plastered with images of smiling and laughing women on them, because breast cancer is happy fun awesome.

            I can’t wait until the day I can pick up a box of Prison Rape Awareness Cheerios.

  • Brian G

    I totally agree, how is dumping buckets of chilled water head going to help ALS research? It has become more of a social phenomenon, than a way to spread awareness. If you really want to help with ALS research, start by educating yourself by going to this webpage (als Association) http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html, and spread the word of the horrific and heart wrenching disease. Btw I am not just saying this because I am a antisocial little dumb butt. My Uncle succumbed to ALS, he and I were close and I hated to lose him, but I hate it more that people use ALS as an excuse to make their friends dump ice buckets on their head.

    Best wishes,

    Brian G.

    • Hcarlin

      Talk about all these grumps. I guess people aren’t allowed to have fun while raising awareness for a cause? How is dumping water onto your head raising awareness? Well, considering everyone is now talking about it, I’d say it did exactly what it set out to do. People are reading up about ALS because now they know due to the fun-social media challenge. And don’t give me the “oh we’re waiting precious water” bs because in that case, take all the sprinklers and baby pools away from kids because no one is allowed to have fun anymore. I know that we don’t have a lot of fresh water, but people waste water 10xs more in other ways then filling a bucket up with some ice, pressing record in their cameras and then pouring it on their heads. I think those kids setting themselves on fire in showers trumps on a higher scale of “worst ideas ever”

      • Joe R

        I couldn’t agree with you more, Hcarlin. People just need something to complain/whine about. Yes, this country is filled with narcissists who need to have their videos and comments “liked” on social media, but the fact of the matter is, if no one posted their videos and continued the trend, the amount of money raised would be a small fraction of what has been raised. And yes, Brian G., it absolutely is raising awareness. 2 weeks ago, the majority of people in this country probably couldn’t tell you what ALS is. And, yes, I’m sure a lot of people are just dumping water on their heads without researching why or doing any reading about ALS, but a lot of people ARE actually reading about it and becoming more aware. Here is a fantastic article I read this morning about how a family, who is dealing with ALS, feels about the ice bucket challenge… http://www.bostern.com/blog/2014/08/15/what-an-als-family-really-thinks-about-the-ice-bucket-challenge/

        • Tanya Schlager

          this really reminds me of the saying about jumping over the bridge because your friend told you so LOL

      • mysterios1671

        I bilieve thes challenges will turn into something so bad one day yet people wil remain following these trends like good little wenches and surfs making a fool out of there selves for a cause that half of them do not even research its more a trend thing not a heart felt donation in my opinion they are not people there sheeple

    • WES

      You’re talking about it right? Whether or not these people are doing it out of vanity or true belief for the cause, they are raising AWARENESS, which was the point of this campaign! $5,000,000 vs. $30,000! You should be pleased with that! I have witnessed the effects of this horrible disease as well so please don’t discount my opinion! Kudos to those brining awareness to this horrible disease! keep it up!

      • Matt

        “Raising awareness” is classic liberalspeak, right up there with “kudos” and “keep it up!”. Seriously, who says that? They should call it “#KoolAidChallenge” for the amount of sheep drinking it.

        • WES

          The same Matt from above wrote this:

          “Matt • 15 minutes ago

          I don’t care about how much water and energy they waste. I’m just pointing out the liberal hypocrisy in wasting water and energy in order to raise money for charity. Classic liberal inefficiency.”
          Hashtag this: #noLEGtoSTANDon

          • Matt

            Thanks for spreading the word!

            Can’t believe someone’s repeating my comments, free of charge. Awesome!

            #I’veGotAnArmy

          • WES

            I just love exposing an idiot! Enjoy!

        • wendy kroy

          lol lol

      • Carrie

        Just because they’re raising money doesn’t mean people can’t point out how stupid it is. All you should have to do to “raise awareness” of an issue is, you know, tell people about the issue..

        Dumping water on your head does nothing to inform people of what ALS is. People are only getting behind this because a lot of Americans are attention-seeking and worship celebrities, so want to copy what they do and be popular.

        It is sad.

        • jenn

          I don’t think it is all about attention seeking. People are raising money, awareness, and having a little fun. What is so wrong with that? People walk for cancer, for AIDS, and every other illness. Does people really have to walk for these things? NO, but they do it as a way to show support, and have a little fun while doing it. It’s just something different. People are so quick to be negative. It’s really sad. I haven’t done it, nor do I want to. But I still think it is a good thing.

  • AugustineThomas

    A stupid country does a lot of stupid things.
    These are idiots with too much time on their hands. There is a reason America is dying (even if some of you can’t tell yet because you’ve managed to screw over the other ninety percent of people somehow and get rich doing it).

  • Trollio

    I got “challenged” and I told the person to take a hike. Not only is it stupid in and of itself, but I am so not into the entire peer pressure idiocy in general. That they raised $5M so quickly only proves how easily manipulated a lot of people are.

    • jennyct

      If someone simply tried to solicit $20 donation, they would probably get ‘not today.’ That’s the irony. Make a spectacle of it, and people are doing it in droves

  • ReallyReallyBigMan

    1) Do not fetch a bucket, fill it with ice, or dump it on your head.
    2) Do not film yourself or post anything on social media.
    3) Just donate the damn money, whether to the ALS Association or to some other charity of your choice. And if it’s an organization you really believe in, feel free to politely encourage your friends and family to do the same.

    Uh yeah that’s all well and good if it actually worked.

  • Guy From Brooklyn Heights

    Here here Jay…this ALS is great!, but the challenge is only publicity. Its lost it’s meaning. Basically post yourself not donating to the ALS foundation. What a Stupid Idea! The goal is to get money …and yes to “Raise” awareness….oh by non donation!!!!! I don’t have a bucket.

  • Debbie
  • blahblahblahblah

    Sure theyre making 5 mil but were also losing 500 mil for water and energy. How about people jump into their community pool? Or just donate whatever money they can because 100 is more than some people can afford… ill admit i think this ice bucket thing is stupid but its effective in spreading awareness. Its just were in a drought and this could lead to bringi g everyone else down.

  • HERCULES

    I CHALLENGE YOU FLOCK OF FOOLS TO GO JUMP OFF A BRIDGE. IF YOU SURVIVE, MAKE SURE YOU DONATE WHATEVER YOU WISH. IF NOT, THEN ITS UNDERSTOOD THAT YOUR WILL HAS BEEN PASSED OVER TO THE CHARITY.

    GOOD DAY

    • Dave

      Well said. 99% of these fools are nothing but sheep. BAHHHHHHHHHHH.

      • WES

        Sheep or not, the bottom line is PEOPLE are talking about it, which in turn raises awareness!! Quit trying so hard to be “different” and just be yourself? Simply ask yourself: Does this hurt anybody? Does this help anybody? Do I feel that helping others through awareness is right or wrong? ALS is a horrible disease that I’ve witnessed first hand and there is obviously not enough people out there who know or care about this disease! Come off it people! This is a rooted in a fundamentally sound cause and shouldn’t be shunned!

        • Dave

          Then write your check and move on. My point (and most “haters” of this idiotic craze) is that people are doing it to get likes on facebook and be seen as a hero for doing absolutely nothing but waste water and energy. It’s really that simple.
          I’m just curious, where was this craze during breast cancer awareness month? Oh, wait, breast cancer is too widely known to justify having a gimmick created to enhance awareness for it.

          • WES

            How much energy was “wasted” in creating little pink ribbons (“gimmicks”) that were thrown away in at the end of the day? Or how much energy was wasted in the production of the pink gloves (another “gimmick”) that the ENTIRE NFL wore for ONE day to promote breast cancer AWARENSS? Or how about all the “gimmicks” the MLB, NHL NBA etc. employed to raise awareness for breast cancer?!? Come on man! You’re going to tell me the gallon of water a person pours over ones head is more wasteful than any other main-stream awareness campaign?!?! Even though there is a margin of people doing it for the “likes” on Facebook they inadvertently arouse an AWARENESS in everyone who sees it, whether that was there intention or not! That’s to the credit of the people who came up with this idea. As stated in the original article, this year they’ve raised over $5,000,000 vs. $30,000 last year. You cant argue with statistics!

          • Dave

            A. The NFL wears pink for an entire month. B. They also then turn around and sell those items as game-worn, FURTHERING donations towards breast cancer research. C. So you’re saying fluffing everyone’s ego (as long as it promotes “awareness”) is more important than actually donating to find a cure/treatment for ALS like you’re supposed to? Makes no sense. Awareness does nothing if you have no monetary backing to it.

            As you love to say, “get your facts straight before you talk”.

          • pete

            You don’t have to do it, or like but your criticisms are pointless. You have no clue why people do it. lastly, who cares where this craze was during breast cancer month? They are more than welcome to come up the same strategy. Just go with it, or shut up.

  • HERCULES

    If you truly wanted to donate, it would be done without a reason to do so. It should be out of heart or selflessness.

    MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO!

  • Wes

    The point of this whole campaign is to raise money for the ALS Foundation, which deserves every penny they get. $5,000,000 this year vs. $30,000 last year?! I think this would be considered a success. When the author of this article mentioned the wasting of ice I about fell out of my chair. I agree there are many worthy causes around the world to donate to, but witnessing first hand the horrible effects of ALS I can attest that the money raised and the awareness this brings to this horrible disease is well deserved! I hope this continues to trend!

  • WES

    Jay,

    By stating that one should have to go mow lawns to donate to a charity is the essence of ignorance. Insinuating that people have to “go cut lawns” to earn a real buck is an insult to the working people. People work hard every day at their places of employment and still decide to donate their hard earned money to a worthy cause such as the ALS foundation. Don’t criticize people for choosing to give money to a charity! I believe there is a level of jealousy towards the ALS foundation because a “lesser known” foundation came up with a stategy to generate a profound amount of money and they happened to utilize one of the most effective forms of social media!
    Take a step back and realize the effort you are putting forth to negate and degrade a foundation that has helped so many families affected by this horrific disease! Don’t just go against it because you like to go against trends, think about it and stand up for what you truly believe in! As for the people who choose to dump ice water over their heads instead of donating money, kudos to you as well for raising AWARENESS for the ALS Foundation, which this campaign is geared to do. ALS is such a horrific disease and having witnessed it first hand I have NO objections to the “Ice bucket challenge”, and I have nothing but respect for the individual or individuals who came up with it. As stated in the article above this campaign alone has drawn over $5,000,000 in charitable giving vs. $30,000 last year, so I’d consider this a successful victory for the ALS Foundation and fundamentally invalidates this whole article! The sole fact that this subpar “writer”, “Fiorillo” is writing an article about this is proof that this campaign is effective .Just stop for one second and consider the countless people affected by ALS and the future effects that $5,000,000 will have upon the families burdened by this disease. Go bark up another tree brother!

  • Michael Spinelli
  • Dan Salas

    Perfect ! Thank you!

  • joy

    some people have way to much time on their hands………..

  • jennyct

    I decided to start a new breast cancer awareness theme : squeeze for a cure. You have to donate $50 for each grab. Sounds stupid, but I bet it would work!

  • Morlando26

    How about this? The challenge came from a former Boston College baseball player with ALS.
    Since the challenge has started, the ALS Association has received $13.3 million, compared to $1.7 million within the same span last year. There have been 259,505 new donors to the association in that time.
    From 8/13 – 8/17 alone, ALSA has recieved $5.7 million.
    Obviously, people are donating money. The fact that it’s a silly social media viral idea doesn’t cheapen $13.3 million. Luckily somebody thought outside the box and came up with an idea that works better than a colored ribbon on the back of a car.
    Has Victor Fiorillo donated, or is he just ripping on people for donating to charity.

    • Matt
      • Morlando26

        I agree, the call to action is lost in translation a lot of times, but 22 million dollars later you can’t say that nobody is donating money. A-list celebs can do what they want, and they should be donating a lot more than the rest of us, and I have a feeling a lot of them do it just for a social media post. ALSA has reported that in the last month almost 260,000 new donors have donated to the cause, many of which probably didn’t know what ALS was beforehand, and obviously weren’t donating money. I think “Steve-O’s” comment that only $15m being donated being a tragedy is incredibly off-base, considering that the ALSA received $1.7m last year.
        I am very aware of how horrible of a disease ALS is. I dumped a bucket of water on my head, donated what I could, and implored 3 friends to do the same. Sorry? Is that what you’re looking for? Am I supposed to feel flipping bad about it? How people are taking something good and trying their absolute hardest to find something evil in it is the real tragedy.

  • Mark

    Dumbest thread ever. From both opinions.

  • donlon77 .

    Map out the human genome but you can’t cure ALS?? Yeah, right. I’m sure those with ALS see nothing jovial about the disease. My brother died from it. It’s a cruel disease. I think the reality of it is too harsh for most Americans to digest so they have to “raise awareness” by having people do silly things like this. We don’t cure anything in this country. The medical community makes too much money from illness. Don’t want to put the medical field out of business. Too many people employed in it. This is gimmicky and will be long forgotten a month from now. No one cares unless it affects them. I had only heard of Lou Gehrig’s disease until my brother was diagnosed. Many of the people doing the “challenge” don’t even know about the cause.

    • BillyBob Johnson

      I sort of agree with you about not wanting to cure anything, but it’s not the medical community, it’s pharmaceuticals, medical equipment companies, health insurance companies, lawyers, etc., who all profit from people’s illnesses.

    • geoff

      Well, funding for research has soared over last year and this is likely the cause (41.8 million this year vs. 2.1 million last year at the same time). So it’s had an effect, whether or not people are educated to a strong degree about the disease or not. As for your comments about our country not curing anything, I think that has more to do with the bureaucracy and regulations of the FDA (albeit, they came from a good place) than anything else.

  • Ellen Ripley Lives

    Part of me is worried what they are really doing with all that money and how much is really going towards looking for a cure.
    I have systemic lupus and we are looking for a cure too but I think resorting to a gimmick shouldnt be the way to do it..

    • geoff

      If it brings in money (and by the organization’s reporting their funding total sits 41.8 million for the year vs. 2.1 million at this time last year) who cares if it’s gimmicky? And what the money is being used on is an entirely separate issue (if one even exists) from the idea of raising awareness so people will donate to the cause. I’m sorry you have systemic lupus, hopefully someone comes up with a gimmick to help raise money for research.

  • Kati

    This is very poorly researched. The Ice Bucket Challenge was not started by ALS foundation. It was started as a challenge to raise awareness of charitable giving. On July 15th Matt Laurer live on the Today show accepted the challenge from Greg Norman and then donated to a Hospice down in South Florida. He encouraged the people who nominated to do the same thing. It was an ALS patient in Boston ( a former Boston University baseball player) who challenged friends and the Howard Stern show to do or donate to Strike Out ALS. In fact ALS only reported on their spike after a month of this challenge being directed towards ALS. Today at my office I saw people who work MDA do the challenge while holding sign for people to donated to MDA. Do you think they are jerks who are just wasting water?? You really need a better fact checker.. report the news, don’t jump on the bandwagon of shaming.

  • Z

    But, why does it HAVE to be $100? Not everyone can afford that; shouldn’t the organization, as every organization should, be willing to accept any donations? Even so, pouring water on your head does not justify as a substitute in avoiding a huge payment of $100, especially for the mass amounts of teens.

    • geoff

      Who said it has to be $100? You can give whatever amount you like on the ALS site.

  • Nathan Bedford Forrest

    People who do things as stupid as the Ice Bucket Challenge should be forcibly sterilized for being mentally defective.

  • Alex Sawyer

    Why is it that people can’t just write a check without having to draw so much attention to themselves? This whole stupid thing amounts to people patting themselves on the back and feeling good about themselves, as if we need more narcissism in this society. As for “raising awareness,” I doubt that most of these fools even know what ALS stands for or what it does to your body. They’re just dumping water on their heads because everyone else is, and it’s the latest popular thing to do. Further proof that most people are brain-dead sheep who can’t think for themselves and constantly let themselves be led around by the nose according to whatever the latest fad happens to be.

    • Cathy Clark – Schramer

      For all of you who think the Ice Bucket Challenge is not right. Let me tell you something.
      1) It has raised Awareness about ALS
      2) The donations sky rocketed from this
      3) Without it, there would not be a dent in what they have raised so far. Yes people should donate anyhow. They don’t though.
      TRUST ME. I HAVE MS and I am doing the MUCKFEST for MS on Saturday. I have over 400 friends on my FB and if they all only donated $1 I would be over my goal. I have $170 from my supporters. My goal was $500 I lowered it to $200 and still yet have had anymore donations. So since you guys are against the ice bucket challanges, and think they should donate anyhow. You can donate to me and my team for MS. We will see how this gets. I am sure no one will go for this Challange. Here is my link
      http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?px=13100619&pg=personal&fr_id=23185&s_src=boundlessfundraising&s_subsrc=:sub_source
      Ice Bucket Challenge: Stupidest Idea Ever | News | Philadelphia Magazine
      In case you haven’t noticed, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone mega viral, like many absolutely and utterly stupid ideas.
      phillymag.com

  • seb

    Hey a shock of cold water on your body is good for your body. Also, the steps 1,2,3 as suggested by this article don’t really work, cause no one with als can raise their hand..

  • Morlando26

    $31.5 million. $31,500,000.00. That’s how much has been raised through the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Don’t believe me? It’s on ALSA.org, front and center. Know how much they made in donations this time last year? $1.9 million. So that’s $29.6 million roughly due to what’s been labeled as “stupid.”

    I’m not typing this on a whim. I’ve stewed about it for three days. I’ve tried to ignore this. I’ve tried to let it go. I’ve told myself a hundred times that it’s not worth getting upset over. I really attempt to only worry about things that I can control, and the way other people think is not one of them. I also try not to get upset when people think differently than I do. We used to live in a world where two people, even two complete groups of people could think differently but we could still be civil about it. Obviously with just one look around, we all know that is rarely the case anymore. I think I’m more upset at the fact that after reading articles, hearing things around the office, and being passive-aggressively called out online, I feel the need to defend myself due to what I can politely only describe as a real flaw in the way people think.

    I dumped a bucket of water on my head, donated money, and implored 3 of my friends to do the same.

    Sorry?

    I almost feel like that’s what some people expect me to say. How freaking callous of me. Clearly this is the worst thing I’ve ever done. Next thing you know I’m going to be putting sugar in your gas tank. Maybe instead I should be taking a video of myself writing a check, because that’s not more narcissistic at all. Maybe I should’ve just put a colored ribbon on my car.

    Think it’s stupid that people are dumping water and not donating? ALSA is reporting 637,527 new donors to the association. I’ll be conservative and say that a quarter of them didn’t know what ALS was before the ice bucket challenge took social media by storm. Now they do, and are donating money.

    I’m not going to apologize for being a part of something that has raised THIRTY-ONE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS! It went from $7.6m on 8/14 to $13.3 8/17. Yesterday the number was $22.9, today 31.5. That count is only from ALSA, not even the charity that I donated to. There are many great organizations that do work for not only ALS research, but help individuals and their families that are stricken with one of the worst diseases we’ll ever see.

    And yes I know what ALS is and just how horrible it is. Don’t know? That’s why Jesus invented Google. Figure it out over a can of PBR.

    I am putting out a new challenge. Pick up the phone and hashtag explain to me why 31 and a half million dollars is the worst thing that’s happened to you hashtag glass half empty. I’m sorry that your Facebook feed was broken up for a few days with people having fun trying to make a difference and you may have missed some of your friends complaining about work.

    Steve-O (yeah I’m not even sure why he’s relevant) posted that it was a tragedy that only $15 million had been raised. First, that number has doubled. Second, ONLY $15 million? There’s an old saying on the planet that I used to live on that goes Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

    No, the real tragedy is the current status of human nature, where we try our absolute hardest to find something bad in something inherently good. It’s a tragedy that we think that there is only so much good to go around, that it isn’t a limitless supply, that we try to drag others down in order to save some of the good for ourselves.
    Go F yourselves San Diego.

  • christopher Rampersad

    I totally agree with all of you. My two girl cousins took the challenge an posted it on fb, I also video them to post how stupid it is. About five hours after my mom called me an asked me to take down the video because I said in the video (look at them jackass an what foolishness them doing, I would never do a stupid challenge like that).
    So she goes now tell me that I can get sue for saying such. An one set of nonsense. So to please her I took it down

  • Jim

    Yeah, it’s not so bad we’re wasting water in CA that we don’t really have to waste. And yeah, it’s great to have lighthearted fun in becoming supposedly more and more aware of a society need. What is most bothersome is the continuous support of the sheople mentality that bonds a bunch of numbskulls together who don’t even really know why they are doing what they are doing, and who blindly give to an agency or power that may or may not follow through for real change. Where is this freaking money going really, and what are they really going to do with it? Does anyone dig into that? Someone throws the latest disease dejour on the table, and the people’s care for change comes with a price tag. It reminds me of the marketing ploys brought in to have our children sell magazines and candy door-to-door for the good of the candy companies, and reminds me of our caring mothers and grandmothers who walk with pink ribbons to mainly line the pockets of pharmaceutical giants not bringing any cures at all. Who knows – maybe some marketing machine is behind this challenge, and a bunch of rich sickos are laughing all the way to the bank … while the entire nation continues to be all wet.

  • Cathy Clark – Schramer

    For all of you who think the Ice Bucket Challenge is not right. Let me tell you something.
    1) It has raised Awareness about ALS
    2) The donations sky rocketed from this
    3) Without it, there would not be a dent in what they have raised so far. Yes people should donate anyhow. They don’t though.
    TRUST ME. I HAVE MS and I am doing the MUCKFEST for MS on Saturday. I have over 400 friends on my FB and if they all only donated $1 I would be over my goal. I have $170 from my supporters. My goal was $500 I lowered it to $200 and still yet have had anymore donations. So since you guys are against the ice bucket challanges, and think they should donate anyhow. You can donate to me and my team for MS. We will see how this gets. I am sure no one will go for this Challange. Here is my link
    http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?px=13100619&pg=personal&fr_id=23185&s_src=boundlessfundraising&s_subsrc=:sub_source

  • x8h

    People are bored. Stupid ideas like this are entertaining to the masses and as such they go viral. Especially when led by celebrities. It is a good study on measuring the sheepiness of people. If it were cow manure instead of ice there would be people doing that too and thinking it is oh so funny. It is also a good distraction from all the serious problems around the world. Today, people are a giant sponge sucking in stupidity. Mission accomplished. What’s next? The sh*** bucket? The can of beer against PMS? How about a bucket of lard against obesity? A bucket of books against growing dumbing down syndrome?

  • geoff

    What a terribly written and poorly thought out article. The article calls it the stupidest idea ever and yet the subtitle says it’s working. Um, contradiction anyone?

    And then the part about all the other horrible things going on in the world. What a great way to move the goalposts and totally distract from anything relevant. Sure, a bunch of bad stuff goes on all the time, but trying to form some kind of hierarchy as to what’s worse and should be addressed instead of X is a fool’s errand. Someone can always trump any issue you bring up with something he or she believes is more dire.

    What’s really sad about this kind of article is that it’s completely predictable. And extremely poorly researched as others have stated (e.g. this wasn’t started by ALS’s organization, it was started by golfers as a way to support their pet charities so the first half of article, along with being conjecture, is patently false). How does crap like this get published?

  • Caiomhe

    Stick up your rear much? Get over your stuffy self.

  • Mel

    How stupid are you Victor Fiorillo, do you even research a topic before you write about it? The ice bucket challenge was started by Pete Frates, a former college baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. He challenged some of his former teammates and a few famous athletes to dump ice water over their heads and take a video of it in order to spread awareness for what ALS is because he was sick of no one having even heard id it, and the lack of pressure put on the FDA to find a cure. It started as athletes supporting a fellow athlete, aka Pete Frates, who a few short years ago was in as good physical condition as they are and is now completely confined to a wheel chair. Do your research!!!

  • wrestlefan

    Agreed. The ice bucket challenge is the lamest social media gimmick I’ve seen yet. Nothing more than an excuse for the millennial generation to feel self-righteous and point their fingers down on those who see this sham for what it is.

  • Tanya Schlager

    This has become more of a circus spectacle than an actual learning experience. Then researchers wonder why the public is so reluctant to help fund their research, perhaps ideas like these ring bells of incompetence.

  • JD04

    I’m with you, the ice bucket challenge is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of. I’m all for raising awareness of this horrible disease, and for raising money for research. But I fail to see how pouring ice water on your head has anything at all to do with ALS. It is just a way to get social media junkies to indulge their exhibitionist selves. I can’t claim that the idea hasn’t worked in terms of raising money for ALS. But it’s just dumb. I’m sorry. I agree – if you want to give to ALS research, then just frickin donate already. Don’t make it yet another excuse to record yourself and put it on FB or YouTube. I also have to take issue with the utter wastage of water that is occurring because of this challenge. If you are doing the ice bucket challenge in California, where we are currently experiencing Stage 4 drought conditions, you better be either using reconstituted or recycled water OR you better have a basin of dirty dishes right underneath you….just sayin.

  • MikeDH

    The problem I see with it is that it is drawing more attention to the spectacle than to the disease. For most people doing this, it isn’t about understanding ALS or raising awareness, it’s about getting public notoriety for taking part in a social phenomenon – and if that provides some tangential benefit to the ALS foundation, great, but it’s mainly about retweets and page views. Just donate to the cause if you care – put your narcissism aside. Learn about the disease and share knowledge with your family and friends. Stop making it about yourself.

  • UP

    I’m no liberal, and I think you sound like a mousy little nobody who’s resorted to the internet to strike back at the human race who’s picked on him for so long.

    Grow up and be a man.

  • WeThePeople

    Hey Bud, hard core Conservative here! Once again, barking up the wrong tree! I’m loving it though keep the idiotic comments coming! You must be a California “Conservative”, which to the rest of the country is known as a liberal!

  • Matt

    I love exposing the hypocrisy of liberal hashtag activism. When you’re on the side of Martha Stewart and Matt Lauer, you know you’re doing something wrong.

    California Governor Reagan was no liberal.

  • Matt

    Filming yourself pouring a bucket of water on your head in order to gain likes and retweets is not being a man. Privately donating without publicly broadcasting it is being a man.

  • WES

    Case and point. You’re making this too easy!

  • WES

    I’m sure this is how you spend most of your nights, trolling around on forums, looking for grammatical errors and trying to work on your liberal debating skills, however this is just a side bar to SportsCenter for me! A spin off from one of my liberal friends who posted this ridiculous article on Facebook! The only thing that’s a bit disheartening to me is that I’m presenting the majority of the valid points between us, and the only thing you can capitalize on is grammatical errors! Way to go bud!
    How about you focus on the meat of the conversation and stop trying to divert attention to mundane details!
    As far as the government “throwing money” at it….. I’m a realist and I understand that the government has their fingers in everything and if I can bend those fingers to delve a little deeper into the foundations that I believe will help society more, you bet your ass I’m going to do it! Taxes are inevitable, I’d rather see my money go to ALS than meth-heads or adolescent sex-ed!!

  • Matt

    I corrected your grammar once while you were in the process of calling me an idiot. Yeah, I’m sure name-calling is a really “valid point”.

    If you were really a realist, you’d understand that taxes are NOT inevitable, and that the government has simply brainwashed you into thinking there’s no other alternative. “Well, if I’m going to get buttfυcked, I may as well request a scented condom…” Stop drinking the government Kool Aid and realize that the government does NOT have the right to take our money “for a good cause”. The only good cause is defending our borders. The Constitution doesn’t say a goddamn thing about ALS. The American people should NOT have to choose between the lesser of two evils, and yes, illegally taxing Americans to fund ALS research is evil.

  • WES

    Alright bud, propose a solid idea to me where taxes are not inevitable and we remain a sustainable country. By the way I’m on our border, defending it right now, thanks to your tax money. Figure it out!

  • UP

    Running your mouth 2500 times over the safety of the internet is not being a man.
    And you didn’t donate, so quit pretending you did.

  • Matt

    I never said I did, and frankly I am proud that I have not. I do not so easily cave into peer pressure, as if ALS is uniquely deserving of funding just because someone thought of a successful publicity stunt.