fuck “fuck cancer”

in the last 6 months or so, i’ve noticed “fuck cancer” on bumper stickers and in youtube comments. i hate it. i think the worst is when it’s expanded on redundantly, like “fuck cancer. seriously, fuck you, cancer.” that just adds a lame hipster spin on it.

why do i hate the expression? for a few reasons. first, it strikes me as a wannabe redneck thing. the only people who would sport a bumper sticker that boldly says ‘fuck’ are people who want to be perceived as rednecks (i believe that most true rednecks don’t feel the need to advertise their lifestyle in the way that wannabe rednecks do), and the only thing worse than truly ignorant people is people trying to be ignorant.

second, i don’t like seeing it on a bumper sticker because ‘fuck’ is still a word that is not publicly acceptable. i don’t think it makes sense to make an exception for that word just because it’s being picked up by a cause that people are sympathetic to. you may as well start making bumper stickers that say “fuck world hunger,” “fuck pollution,” “fuck rape,” “fuck slavery,” “fuck racism”…the list goes on. are we suddenly going to allow the public use of ‘fuck’ as long as we’re talking about causes people are generally supportive of? of course, it should go without saying that i believe branding any words as taboo is ridiculous, but that’s beside the point. my point is the hypocrisy of this particular usage.

third, i think we need to look deeper into the issue, like why cancer is so prevalent now. i think we would find that the reason everyone is getting cancer is because we have created a world full of carcinogenic shit — plastic, radiation, UV rays, pollution, pesticides. since the problem is actually all our own fault, we shouldn’t be saying “fuck cancer” — we should really be saying, “fuck the human race for making cancer such an epidemic. seriously, fuck people.”

paradoxically, that’s a rallying cry i can fully get behind.

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oooh, so edgy, so original.

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organic food shouldn’t be considered special. instead, cheap food made with harmful chemicals should be considered shitty.

over the last several months, i’ve been buying more and more organic groceries. i feel good about voting with my wallet, doing my small part to support things i believe in.

but this morning, it occurred to me that it’s fucking absurd that organic food is labelled as such. natural, healthy food shouldn’t be a bonus or something special. that should be the norm. it’s all the cheap shit that is made with hormones, steroids, pesticides, and other weird chemicals that should have warnings on them. they should have big labels on those products listing all the chemicals that have gone into making that product so that average schlubs who have hitherto never given a thought to this stuff can quickly learn why their no-name brand corn is so incredibly cheap — it’s easy to grow tons of crops when you spray it with toxic pesticides and overuse fertilizers that end up washed into the ocean and create toxic algae blooms.

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it’s perfectly fine to eat. just don’t think about it.

it should be the duty of the companies using harmful farming techniques to inform their customers of the destructive processes that go into making cheap products, and their products should be openly advertised as sub-standard. it’s backwards that shit that is grown normally is considered special and marketed as healthy.

what a fucked up world.