Gallery: VIDEO: Is Susan G. Komen for the Cure Guilty of Pinkwashing?

Video by Zina Saunders

The backlash against Susan G. Komen for the Cure continues. The world’s largest breast-cancer organization came under fire in early February after it announced its decision to withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood, a move that was widely panned as a blatantly political effort to appease right-wing pro-life (or “anti-choice,” if you will) groups. Several high-level Komen resignations (and threats of resignation), a petition from more than two dozen democratic senators, and one brief website hacking later, Komen backpedalled, but the damage to the organization—and the legacy of one sister’s promise—was done. Illustrator Zina Saunders created an animated short to express her disgruntlement. “In the process of reading about Komen,” she says, “I found out a lot more about their disgraceful practice of ‘pinkwashing’ corporate sponsors who make and use toxic, cancer-causing chemicals in their products.”

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