Well, I'm disgusted. Today, I called a lot of people. Pretty much nobody called me back.
I called executives at Boeing, Costco, law firms, banks, even the general manager at the Westin downtown—all of them trustees organizing the Komen Foundation's upcoming gala in Seattle.
I called Komen gala trustee Holli Martinez (former M's player Edgar's wife), whose own charity organization, the Martinez Foundation, is devoted to the promotion of people of color in education—the same people of color who are adversely affected by lack of access to breast cancer screenings, according to Komen's own admission.
I called architecture offices, the Seahawks, the Sounders, the Swedish Cancer Institute—all companies that were "Promise Partners" (donors of $30,000 to $150,000) of the Puget Sound Susan G. Komen Foundation last year.
"We are choosing not to participate in this media opportunity at this time," the communications director at MulvannyG2 Architecture told me, as if I was trying to sell her a vacuum.
The only person to speak out against Komen's blatant right-wing bullshit—pitting my vagina against my breasts; the breasts are innocent, the vagina is guilty—was Lisa Dawson, one of the gala trustees. On her blog, she wrote that she is "stunned, saddened, and frankly a bit ticked off"—but that she will continue to support Komen, and she urges other people to as well.
The Denver affiliate of Komen has not taken the bigotry lying down, so why is Seattle's?
No explanation, apparently, will be given. Even the development director at Puget Sound Komen didn't return my call today.
Well, I'm so glad that all you nice executives with full insurance benefits can throw nice galas for a charity willing to fuck over the neediest women in order to follow the whims of a bunch of bigots at national headquarters.
Your tacit agreement is a shameful reflection of our region.
UPDATE: Joni Earl says she will be issuing a statement. Stand by.