Did you guys read the story that came out last week about Self magazine? They took a picture of two LA marathon runners wearing tutus and published it in a section of the magazine called “BS meter”, basically making fun of them. Turns out, one of the runners was battling brain cancer and undergoing chemotherapy at the time, and the tutu she was wearing was part of a line she created ( Glam Runner) , to raise funds for charity (you can find the story here )
As I was reading the article, I found myself getting angrier and angrier by the minute. So many things wrong with that story.
First, who are these people to make fun of anyone, anyway? Judging someone for what they’re wearing? Are you really that shallow? That coming from a magazine that’s supposed to “empower” women. What a joke.
What isn’t a joke, is running a full marathon. It requires unbelievable strength and determination (and I’m telling you this as I’m preparing to run my first HALF marathon). I can’t even imagine what it takes to do it while going through chemo. So what if someone wants to do it wearing a tutu, a cape, or Micky Mouse ears?? Really, who cares?
Well, apparently, some people do. Because mocking what these girls were wearing was obviously WAY more important than praising them for what they had accomplished. It’s funny. It creates buzz. It attracts more audience. Until, of course, they realized they had put their foot in their mouth. Big time. And they had to issue a public apology.
But was it because they realized they had done something wrong? Probably not. The apology was just damage control. A way to take care of the PR nightmare they had created for themselves. And will most likely happen again. Because that “BS meter” section, will still be part of the next magazine issue, and they will continue to make fun and judge people whenever they feel like it. And the sad part is, people will continue buying it, validating it’s ok to do so.
So no, Self Magazine. As far as I’m concerned, apology not accepted. Not until you put yourself in your own “BS meter” and realize you got it all wrong. Not until you stop focusing on the superficial nonsense and learn to THINK before you speak (or in this case, before you write): is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?
- Dry ingredients
- 1¼ cups Gluten Free Matzah Farfel
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cups raw sliced almonds
- ½ cup pistachios preferably raw (use roasted if you can't find them raw)
- ¼ tsp salt
- Wet Ingredients
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp all natural vanilla extract
- Add after baking
- 8-10 dried apricots, sliced in half horizontally and each half cut in 6 small pieces
- Preheat oven to 275 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (NOTE: If you're using roasted pistachios, add at the end with the dried apricots). Set aside
- In a small bowl, combine wet ingredients and mix well
- Add the wet ingredients to dry.
- Mix well using your hands, so the quinoa and farfel are coated evenly.
- Spread evenly on lined baking sheet, to form one single, thin layer ( you may need to bake it in two batches)
- Bake for 45 minutes at 275F, checking and mixing every 15 minutes so it cooks evenly
- Let it cool slightly and add dried apricots. Mix well
- Let it cool completely and store in air tight container