To continue the discussion regarding this summer’s fundraising fad of the Ice Water Challenge for ALS research…
Approximately 500 fans of actor Mike Rowe could not take his silent “No” as an acceptable response to their repeated challenges to do the Ice Water Challenge for ALS research. The posted comments throughout his Facebook page are riddled with guilt manipulative demands that he either donate money or dump ice water over himself so Mike Rowe responded with a very clear, cogent, logical explanation for why he will not be doing the Ice Water Challenge.
This is a clear example of the power of peer pressure via social media to do something one may not agree with and why it takes someone with a spine of tungsten to resist caving to the pack guilt manipulation. Despite the declarations by many readers in the previous post on this subject that a polite and quiet refusal would be honored, Rowe felt compelled to explain his personal choice to not accept the challenges. Had he not done so, the challenges would have continued with a substantial number of fans being utterly obtuse to the obvious clue that Rowe wasn’t interested in doing it. That Rowe felt the need to cautiously respond to these clueless fans lest he look like a “douche bag” speaks to the level of coercion involved in the issuance of this challenge.
Mike Rowe says it better than I did or could so I’ll leave you to read it for yourself.