Sarah Jessica Parker wrapped herself in a towel and stepped out onto a balcony in Houston, Texas yesterday to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. She did it on Instagram, so it had to be in three parts.
The first part was accepting the challenge.
The second part featured her nominees for getting iced – Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian and Billy Eichner.
And the third part was the dousing – but whoever tossed the water on her didn’t do such a good job. Check that out too.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been phenomenally successful, both in raising awareness about the disease and raising funds for continued research to combat and defeat it.
But of course, there have to be party poopers.
First up, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati officially discouraged Catholics from participating, because some of the money donated to the ALS Association funds embryonic stem cell research, and that goes against the church’s teaching.
Then, the US State Department weighed in, banning ambassadors and high-profile foreign service workers from participating, as the charitable fundraising caused “concerns about preference and favoritism.”
Someone needs to throw buckets of ice water on the people imposing these bans.
Cosmetic giant Elizabeth Arden announced some dismal financial news this week concerning its fiscal fourth quarter results. Net sales are down 30 percent, resulting in a staggering loss of close to $150 million.
And here’s part of the explanation, directly from their report to shareholders:
“While the Company had expected weaker sales comparisons due to the lower level of fragrance launch activity in fiscal 2014 versus fiscal 2013, the decline in sales of celebrity fragrances, particularly the Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift fragrances, was steeper than anticipated.”
In other words, The Biebs and Taylor stink – at least, for Elizabeth Arden.
And they’ve got to be pretty bad to be singled out, especially since the company also carries other celebrity fragrances from Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston and Mariah Carey.
Check out this commercial for Justin’s fragrance, Girlfriend. I think I see the problem…