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Cancer Survivor Shamed By SELF Magazine For Wearing Tutu

Cancer Patient Shamed By SELF Magazine For Wearing Tutu

SELF magazine has apologized over its offensive write-up about a woman with cancer, but is it too little too late? The San Diego woman was thrilled when SELF asked to use a picture of her in a tutu running in the Los Angeles Marathon. That is, until she saw the article.

"I was just kind of stunned and offended." As KNSD put it, "The picture appears in a section of the magazine called 'The BS Meter.' The caption refers to a tutu epidemic and basically makes fun of the girls' outfits."

However, according to her website, Monika Allen makes these tutus the magazine called "lame," because she donates the money from selling them to Girls on the Run of San Diego.

Allen says in the past three years, her company, Glam Runner, has made 2,000 tutus and donated $5,600. And WRC-TV reports this race and that tutu she was wearing were especially important. She was in the middle of chemotherapy.

"Allen has brain cancer and the outfit gives her motivation.""Had I known how the picture was going to be used, I wouldn't have wanted to send it."

Glam Runner's Facebook page highlighted the write-up, which sarcastically says people think the "frivolous" tutus can make them run faster, but that what's more believable is others would run away from them.

As The Blaze, says: "It reads more like a nasty note from a high-school bully rather than a sophisticated women's magazine."

But people have been showering Allen with support, one posting this picture noting all the running members of her family wear Allen's tutus, including her husband!

SELF has issued this apology on its Facebook page, "we sincerely apologize for our inadvertent insensitivity. ... We have donated to her charity and have offered to cover her good work in a future issue. We wish her all the best on her road to good health."

But is it enough?

"Since the story hit, SELF Magazine has issued an apology to the woman, but the issue is already out on newsstands all across the U.S."

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lc5401 March 29 2014 at 6:49 AM

That is an example why you can not believe what the media prints most of the time.

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azneyes717 March 28 2014 at 8:55 PM

Why are grown women reading a stupid magazine about what is acceptable to wear anyway? SELF and all those other magazines are for weak-minded people with poor self image and little to no creativity. Wear what feels good, and put these idiots out of business... Or just keep being a sheep, another brick in the wall, whatever.

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zygi & paris azneyes717 March 29 2014 at 12:40 AM

So true. Their articles are for idiots anyway.

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pudoink March 29 2014 at 3:44 AM

"SELF"....check your self. Perhaps you should hire writers that actually research and ask questions. If that had been done, you could have had a very interesting, heart warming story. Instead, you're being called out for the rag you are.

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nama holston March 28 2014 at 11:42 PM

For four years I was priviledge to assist a dear friend with lung cancer and NEVER in that time did I ever hear her say anything negative about anyone. She always looked for the POSITIVE in everyone she met. Why do we micro-critize every word, every thing, and everyone?

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YourFtr March 28 2014 at 11:46 PM

The girl looks beautiful in anything....
hope she beats the cancer.....
more money should be allocated against cancer;
so we knock it out like polio !!!!

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Liebchken March 29 2014 at 12:07 AM

Susan B. Komen Cancer Charity went through something similar, not sure that they ever recovered. They refused to endorse Planned Parenthood, a woman's resource for support and choices.

Now SELF is telling a woman how to express herself. Shaming her being whimsical, or daring to find childlike joy having survived this horrid, nightmare of a disease. I'm sure you'll see the repercussions in your wallet and readership, undermining a woman......much less one having had cancer.

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ds6342 March 29 2014 at 12:26 AM

magazines have folded for making stupid comments. hopefully the same will happen in this instance. Self should be gone.

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sumo March 29 2014 at 1:37 AM

Idiots. The world really doesn't need one more magazine.. Its already crawling with crap journalism

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ffmsptapres March 29 2014 at 1:50 AM

I'm sorry... It too little, too late. Since when does Self Magazine bully people? Well, I have no use for that kind of rag.

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bwess8 March 29 2014 at 2:43 AM

Hope she has a long and happy life, no matter what jerks say.
And by the way to all you babes on kemoe I think bald chicks
are HOT.

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