(New York Times) The White House went pink this month, awash for a night in rose-colored light. Delta Air Lines painted a huge pink ribbon on one of its planes, dressed flight attendants in pink, and has been selling pink lemonade to passengers. Police departments started using pink handcuffs. Ford is selling "pink warrior" car decals. Dick’s Sporting Goods is offering free shipping on pink products including football cleats and batting gloves. Its slogan: "Sport your support. Together we’ll turn the sports world pink."
Pinkwashing, as some breast cancer activists call it, has become an October rite, intended to "raise awareness" of breast cancer during what has for years been called National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Those who promote the pink campaigns say they raise millions of dollars to fight the disease.
"When I see Delta flight attendants dressed in pink, I thank them," said Daniela Campari, senior vice president for marketing at the American Cancer Society.
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But many women with breast cancer hate the spectacle.