When Lance Armstrong finally came clean about his artificial career on Oprahs' couch, the confession was neither shocking nor a revelation to any sports fan with common sense...but it was a blow to the fans who wanted to believe, to the stricken whose inspiration was undermined, and to the supporters of his foundation which -- like everything else connected to Armstrong -- was conceived for self-promotion and upon prevarication more than altruism.
Instead of Livestrong, it should be called Lie Strong.
Presumably that organization has done much good with the money it has raised - and many claim that this beneficence justifies the lies, but we call bullshit. The same money could have been donated without Livestrong, simply given to alternate programs that did not advance the Armstrong/Nike brand...alternately, if contributions were motivated merely by the sham that was the "Armstrong Miracle", isn't that just fraud? Can the Red Cross sell the Brooklyn Bridge so long as it buys bandages with the proceeds?
Livestrong is a "charity" concocted by an ad agency that spent money on promotional stadium naming rights, that spun-off a for-profit consumer line and which sold trendy wristbands that were purchased by going through Nike.com (another brand known for crap products masked via aggressive marketing). We hope this foundation has stronger moral fiber than its founder, but we're certain there are more deserving alternatives.
It's time to tear down everything connected to Armstrong the way that he tore down anyone who dared to tell the truth in his unsavory wake. It's time to tear off your bogus wristband...and make sure that you rip it along the "V", leaving the marketing measure to read "Lie Strong"
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