Why stop supporting Livestrong?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by T'Baio, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. T'Baio

    T'Baio Admiral Admiral

    Oct 18, 2001
    Ontario, Canada
    So, Lance Armstrong is apparently guilty of doping. And now donors to his Livestrong cancer charity want their donations back because they feel they've been duped and donated under "false pretences?" What does the charity and Armstrong have to do with each other, beyond celebrity endorsement? If this is one of the largest charitable organizations in the fight against cancer, why stop supporting it? Seems people care more about the celebrity than they do the charity. Sad.

  2. scotpens

    scotpens scotpens Premium Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Regardless of whether Armstrong has personally done anything wrong, the money is still going to cancer research, right? It's like refusing to buy a Ford car because the company was founded by a man who hated Jews.

    Okay, maybe not the best analogy, but you get the idea.
  3. Kestra

    Kestra Admiral Premium Member

    Jul 6, 2005
    There's already a lot of skepticism about charities I think. When you take a big organization like this and have the public face of it involved in deception, people are going to transfer some of those feelings. Not to mention that people are feeling disappointed, hurt, and deceived. They probably don't know what to do with those feelings so this is one way they can act. In the end it's not productive, but I don't expect people to be rational when they are feeling very emotional.
  4. Locutus of Bored

    Locutus of Bored I intend to make my rulings with respect. Moderator

    Jul 5, 2004
    Vegas, Baby!
    What Kestra said.

    Armstrong was the public face of this organization, and not only has he been exposed as a cheater, but he has refused to admit to his misdeeds (people can be remarkably forgiving if you own up to things). This castes the organization and its spending habits into doubt; probably unfairly, but it still does. That's another reason why he's such a dick, because his actions didn't just harm himself. You can see the reasoning in the passage from the article below:

    That being said, there's reason to hope that the charity will recover just fine after taking a brief hit due to the current controversy: