So it turns out beggars can be choosers.
From Peg Mastrianni, a Breast Cancer Research Foundation spokesperson (via The Daily Dot):
“Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. The donation from the makers of this video, a group called Simple Pickup, came in via BCRF’s online automated donation page without our knowledge of any of the activities involved in the making, solicitation, and distribution of their campaign.
We appreciate efforts to raise money to advance breast cancer research, but out of respect for the community we serve, we have asked SimplePickup to cease all references and associations to our organization and are refunding their donation immediately.”
After SimplePickup posted a fantastically brilliant charity-generating video on YouTube during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the charity, a breast cancer organization, wants nothing to do with the social comedy group’s accumulated donation of $2080. Maybe it’s because they raised the money by motorboating women’s breasts for dollars?
SimplePickup, in their quenchless quest for goodwill and seduction would approach random women on the street and promise to donate $20 to charity if they could press their faces down in women’s décolletage region and go, “Bmmmmrrrrpppppfffffhhhhhhhh” while shaking their heads in between those sweater kittens. The ol’ motorboat, as made famous by “Wedding Crashers.”
Apparently it is insensitive as women with a mastectomy can’t exactly motorboat.
But SimplePickup’s heart was in the right place and they have vowed to donate the money elsewhere to a less fussy charity. And because we here at NMR value goodwill more than scandal (cough) we’ve decided to focus on the positive and instead ask the guys of SimplePickup how they developed such an ingenious and mutually beneficial idea in the first place.
How the hell did you guys come up with this idea?
Kong: First of all, we love motorboats (and we’re not talking about the kind that operates on water). Secondly, we wanted to do something for breast cancer awareness since we all know people who are affected by it. We wanted to showcase the issue in a clever way that would get our message heard from as many people around the world as possible, and as quickly as possible.
The way the internet works is, for you to get more eyes, you need to do something “shocking.” When you’re shocking you get more viewers, increased awareness, and therefore, more money donated to the cause. The way we approached this motorboat episode was, “Spread a good message in a shocking and funny way.”
What was the ratio of “no’s” to “yes’s” from the women? Did you ever get slapped?
Jesse: No, we never even got close to getting slapped. What’s funny is that even the women who rejected us still liked the idea – they just didn’t want to get motorboated on camera (usually because of a boyfriend or husband). Our ratio was roughly one yes out of every three girls.
Our toughest hurdle was giving the women involved enough proof that we were actually legit. For all they knew we were just some random perverts on the street trying to take advantage of them. So our solution was to draft up an unofficial contract promising to donate. Here’s what the contract said:
” I, Jesse, from YouTube channel SimplePickup, agree to donate $20 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in exchange for one “motorboat” from ________________
(“Motorboat” is defined as the act of pushing one’s face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one’s head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating “brrr” sound).
– Jesse Date
This “contract” coupled with proof of our channel (which we loaded on our phones) was usually enough for the girls to accept we were legit.