Wearing a tutu while running a race? Legit or Bullshit?
That’s the question SELF Magazine answered for us in their April 2014 issue, but I’m afraid they answered it all wrong. NBC San Diego’s headline says:
“Magazine Makes Fun of Cancer Survivor’s Tutu”
You can read the whole article there, but basically SELF contacted a San Diego runner and asked if they could use a picture of her running, dressed in a Wonder Woman costume with a tutu, in an upcoming issue. The runner, Monika Allen of Glam Running, was excited about the possible press and said, “Yes!” – only to be shocked and outraged when she finally read the published article that called her choice in running attire “lame”.
“A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster,” the caption reads. “Now, if you told us they made people run from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”
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Earlier today SELF’s Editor in Chief, Lucy Danziger, apologized for the error:
“I am personally mortified,” Self Editor in Chief Lucy Danziger told USA TODAY. “I had no idea that Monika had been through cancer. It was an error. It was a stupid mistake. We shouldn’t have run the item.”
Um…..Lucy? Your apology is ALL WRONG.
What you’re telling me is that if you had known “Monika had been through cancer” you wouldn’t have run the item? Or would you just have searched for a woman in a tutu that isn’t a cancer survivor?
Because either way, your magazine is perpetuating the Mean Girl. You know…That Girl who tears all the other girls down. That Girl who rips on other girl’s hair, make-up, or clothing choices. That Girl who laughs at People of Walmart and makes fun of fat people who go to the gym. That Girl that thinks she’s so much better than everyone else…and she’s not afraid to let you know it. You know…That Girl.
You see, it doesn’t matter if Monika was a cancer survivor or not. She’s out there doing her thing, and LOVING it. And isn’t that what we need more of?!?!?! People getting out there, having fun, and making something awesome out of life? I sure think so and I’m guessing an entire tutu-wearing-racing-community would agree.
I can’t wait for my (second) ankle fusion to heal because, for the rest of my life, I will ALWAYS wear a tutu when I walk, run, or bike a race. Not to “stick it” to people like you, but because wearing a tutu is what *I* like to do.
Doing what you like to do, even when other’s think it’s “lame”, isn’t bullshit – it’s called being BRAVE.
*Sharing is caring! Let SELF know that you stand with those who are brave, who do their own thing, and refuse to back down.