To be saddened by 'glamour and bling' poppies?

(124 Posts)
LayMizzRarb Sun 06-Oct-13 11:47:41

Do people actually not understand what they represent? Am I alone in thinking that the poppy is a symbol of respect and remembrance for the hundreds of thousands of people who die in wars, and not as a fashion accessory ?
It's all very well the manufacturers saying they will give an amount of money per diamanté poppy sold to charity, but at the end of the day, they are still making a profit.

moustachio Sun 06-Oct-13 11:49:07

anything that supports the cause is positive though isn't it?

SpiritOfTheBuskersCat Sun 06-Oct-13 11:50:06

I don't understand the issue here.

Euphemia Sun 06-Oct-13 11:51:18

I've always bought a poppy but never wear it because I work with children, and poppies just fall off all the time.

I always wished there was a more substantial one I could buy, so thanks for alerting me to this! smile

Dobbiesmum Sun 06-Oct-13 11:51:38
Charlottehere Sun 06-Oct-13 11:53:01

I heart them

AngelsLieToKeepControl Sun 06-Oct-13 11:54:30

Why is it any less respectful to wear a diamante poppy than a normal one?

If it was just a fashion accessory then people wouldn't bother, they would wear something else instead, they are still showing their support, albeit in a more sparkly way.

PoppyWearer Sun 06-Oct-13 11:55:56

I feel qualified to speak on this subject (see nn!).

Personally I don't have a problem with the bling poppies - whatever sells! And the paper ones always fall off. I've been buying the wristbands and lapel pins for a few years now.

There were some lovely crocheted poppies being sold on eBay last year, with a share of the proceeds going to the Poppy Fund.

BrokenSunglasses Sun 06-Oct-13 11:56:00

I don't like them either, but the British Legion does produce some fancy poppies so I think it's up to them. Their main objective is to make money for their beneficiaries, and however they choose to do that is fine by me.

I'd rather see people wearing blinged up poppies than no poppy at all, but I agree that they aren't really in the spirit of the thing.

Weeantwee Sun 06-Oct-13 11:57:36

I have a sparkly gold British Heart foundation pin which I wear with pride on my jacket. I don't think it's supporting the cause any less than if I was wearing a plain red 'standard' one. Same applies to poppies.

BrokenSunglasses Sun 06-Oct-13 12:01:48

This thread is encouraging me to be a complete hypocrite! I've just looked on the website and they have some gorgeous stuff that I could wear when I'm selling poppies.

I'm torn between thinking its slightly tasteless, and the pretty poppy ring, necklace, bracelet.

confused

Thants Sun 06-Oct-13 12:06:09

Can you explain the issue you have with them? So far no one has.

Dobbiesmum Sun 06-Oct-13 12:07:55

I'm considering those cuff links for DH, he has a shirt they'd look really smart with.

Timeforabiscuit Sun 06-Oct-13 12:09:28

Purely down to personal taste, my dad died on Remembrance Day - so for me it's a more somber occasion, but it's more important that people continue to support IMO

Preciousbane Sun 06-Oct-13 12:11:25

I had no idea you could buy British Legion stuff online. The diamanté ones are a bit much for me but am thinking of getting two lapel pins. I would still buy a paper poppy every year though as the guys that sell them in my home town always like a chat and still want to donate every year.

Tabby1963 Sun 06-Oct-13 12:11:38

Dobbies thanks for that link. I am spoiled for choice now but will definitely be buying one of the brooches from the RBL smile.

Sirzy Sun 06-Oct-13 12:12:10

My only issue with them would be the fact that you only pay for one and then you have it for life whereas the paper ones you have to buy a new one each year (in most cases!). BUT of course wearing a 'bling' poppy doesn't stop you from donating elsewhere anyway

diddl Sun 06-Oct-13 12:12:44

I like them, but wasn't the original poppy because veterans could make them?

I do like the "bling" ones, but can't afford one tbh.

Maybe making it "fashionable" is what has to be done to keep it relevant?

cocoleBOO Sun 06-Oct-13 12:17:57

I wear a small Buckly one on my coat and always buy a local label pin every year. Our RBL produce them and they have local landmarks on them with a poppy. I still give every year. The paper ones get lost and mangled.

The DDs have got a friendship bracelet this year, bought from the local RBL.

MrsDeVere Sun 06-Oct-13 12:18:18

I wonder its because once you buy one you don't need to ever buy another poppy again?
But if they cost ££££ you would have to buy a lot of paper poppies to donate the equivalent.

I sort of agree where the op is coming from. The poppies are supposed to be a dignified symbol of great loss. Blinging them up could be construed as being vulgar and missing the point.

I find it amusing to watch politicians and slebs try to out-poppy each other every November.

This didn't used to happen. I think its a bit weird.

diddl Sun 06-Oct-13 12:22:44

Just had a look on the site & there is some nice stuff, but I agree, that once bought, would that be it?

Also, is it meant to be worn year round as a piece of jewellry?

If you can afford the money, why not just donate instead of having something to show for it?

And buy a paper poppy to wear?

Perhaps this really is a case of "less is more"?

AnaisHendricks Sun 06-Oct-13 12:22:45

"I find it amusing to watch politicians and slebs try to out-poppy each other every November"

I bet a lot of them have had the same poppy for the last twelve years like Adrian Mole.

Sirzy Sun 06-Oct-13 12:33:25

That's a good point mrs devere, they do in a way seem to go against the whole purpose of a poppy.

MarmaladeTwatkins Sun 06-Oct-13 12:36:54

I actually agree.

I remember seeing all of the X-Factor judges wearing diamonte ones a few years ago and thinking it was icky.

It's like "I will pay my respects with the rest of you, but I can afford to do it better than you."

I thought that poppies were a great leveller; 'normal' people wear them, as do the royals, politicians etc. But now Swarovski have got involved, there's a bit of one-upmanship about it. It's weird.

Idespair Sun 06-Oct-13 12:39:42

The bling poppies make money. Which is good. They can also be reused. Which is also good. I don't really see the problem.

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