Steve Crow, pornographer and Boobs on Bikes organiser, has had his offer of a donation to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation rejected. Magnanimously, Steve had offered the Foundation $5000 if he could get 100 ladies to take their tops off at the next BoB parade, and another $2,500 if 100 blokes would do the same. He didn't think to tell the Breast Cancer Foundation what he was up to; and when they found out and rejected his offer he publicly attacked them, implying they don't care enough about the women served by the Foundation. Cheers, Steve.
The rights and wrongs of porn have already been debated on THM. My chief concern with Boobs on Bikes is not to do with porn per se, but the fact that crowding a public place with topless women means that those women who don't like it can't escape.
Porn aside, there's another serious issue here: Crow has tried very cynically to buy legitemacy for his business ventures using the plight of women with cancer as a vehicle. And his public attack on the Breast Cancer Foundation shows just how deep his concern for these women runs.
Commenters on Stuff (in keeping with their proud redneck tradition) seem to agree with Steve, telling the Foundation to get off it's high horse. I find this really objectionable. I doubt very much that the Foundation have rejected Steve's donation lightly. My guess would be that they've weighed up the issues very carefully, and have concluded that they'd do more harm to the dignity and comfort of the women they support by accepting Steve's cash. I'm sure that, just like women in the general population, those with breast cancer feel divided on the issue of porn, and some will find it confronting, offensive or upsetting. When someone's got cancer, it's not a good time to have an argument about false consciousness and sexual repression with them.
Steve seems unperturbed by the rejection, though - he says he's going to donate to a UN organisation for halting genital mutilation instead. The horrific exploitation of female children will now buy Steve the street cred he feels he needs.