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To dislike the 'bling' poppies that celebrities have started wearing?

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filetheflightoffancy Sun 11-Nov-12 13:22:08

I was watching Strictly Come Dancing last night and noticed that pretty much all of the dancers and judges (apart from Len Goodman) were wearing these poppy brooches that are made with crystals and are all sparkly.

Now, I guess you could say that it is good that they are wearing a poppy in any form - I dont know, but am assuming that donations from the sparkly poppies still go to the RBL?

But I just think it goes against the whole point of the poppy. It is supposed to be a humble reminder of those who died for our freedom. But it is as if these celebrities have decided that the regular paper poppies are just too 'boring' and need something more blingy to show just hooooooow respectful they are. Its just all a bit 'look at meeeeeeeee and my sparkly poppy!' They have turned to poppy into a fashion accessory and I just think it is wrong.

I havent articulated myself all that well in this post, but AIBU?

IneedAgoldenNickname Sun 11-Nov-12 13:26:01

I don't like them either

GobblersSparklyExplodingKnob Sun 11-Nov-12 13:26:31

Nope they are from RBL so you can stop your fretting. Any donation is a good donation. They make little poppy charms to that are fab.

Maybe you would like one? smile

KaFayOLay Sun 11-Nov-12 13:30:21

I like them but I can see them being put away and used year after year, meaning a dip in donations.

Nancy66 Sun 11-Nov-12 13:35:22

i bought one yesterday. Was six quid. I like it and, unlike the paper ones, it won't fall off after 2 minutes.

WileyRoadRunner Sun 11-Nov-12 13:36:42

Hmmm I noticed some celebs wearing much smaller/less obvious ones sometimes appear they aren't wearing one at all so I think if its nice and noticeable great.

They are also considerably more expensive so also good for RBL.

kafayolay I have an enamel pin that I wear every year but I still put money in the donation pot every year and my DDs go through multiple "normal" poppies too!

sue52 Sun 11-Nov-12 13:40:08

I like the simplicity of the normal ones. These showy sparkly ones don't seem to fit the message of sacrifice, loss and rememberance.

BooyhooRemembering Sun 11-Nov-12 13:43:04


McChristmasPants2012 Sun 11-Nov-12 13:44:36

I just hope the private sellers of these bling poppies on eBay are giving the money to the poppy appeal, just looked and there seems to be loads going.

As long as the donation go to the poppy appeal I don't care if its a t-shirt, wrist band or any other type if product.

Nancy66 Sun 11-Nov-12 14:25:12

nobody should buy them privately. I doubt the money goes to the cause.

there are enough fancy ones on the RBL site

ivykaty44 Sun 11-Nov-12 14:32:13

I thought the poppy was used as a symbol of where our soldiers died, in poppy fields in France, what is the humble reminder? Of to search as I feel silly not knowing about this blush

manticlimactic Sun 11-Nov-12 14:34:20

How do you know they haven't put money in the collection tins ?

What does it matter as long as they have donated.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Sun 11-Nov-12 14:38:10

I like them as long as they are the RBL ones.

Although when I was selling them yesterday I got a donation from a lady who was wearing one she had knitted herself. I had poppy envy.

AngryFeet Sun 11-Nov-12 14:40:33

I bought a fabric one the other day. The money went to RBL and it is pretty and easy to keep on as it is a brooch. Who cares, I like it and I donated. Even if I wear it for a few years I will still donate.


Alisvolatpropiis Sun 11-Nov-12 14:42:37

YANBU - I don't like the idea that the people selling them are profiting from what should be a commemorative,not commercial, event. I don't have an issue with the sparkley poppies in and of themselves.vJust not a fan of the people selling them.

Though if they do actually donate their profits to the RBL I will eat my words. but I'd still never wear a sparkely one

MammaTJ Sun 11-Nov-12 14:45:45

A friend of mine knits them and sells them, all the money goes the the RBL. I bought one last year but made a donation this year instead.

imogengladhart Sun 11-Nov-12 14:49:21

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Viviennemary Sun 11-Nov-12 14:55:00

I can't see the harm in them if they are raising money for a good cause.

littlenoodles Sun 11-Nov-12 15:00:03

YABU. I bought a sparkly one last year for £15.00 (off the RBL website), plus several papers ones for my DC to eat! This year I've bought 2 blingy lapel pins for £10 and a couple of jute bags, paper Poppy's and wristbands... So all in all have probably donated more to the charity than a lot of people.
They're pretty and don't flipping fall off all the time either. I love it!

ElectricMonk Sun 11-Nov-12 15:30:46

It's a difficult balance, I think. I'm all for reusable poppies as I hate it when the paper ones get crumpled or dropped - it makes me feel wasteful and disrespectful (and did especially back when more were made by ex-servicemen and volunteers).

I bought a crocheted poppy from a church group (selling on ebay, with permission from RBL), who make them with donated wool and give all of the profits to RBL. I spent £4 on it this year, and will donate the same amount every year to the RBL as I would previously have done but without taking a paper poppy.

I'm not comfortable with anybody profiteering from poppy selling though, and that's my issue with sparkly ones which aren't sold by the RBL. I also dislike seeing them used on headbands, tucked into bootlaces etc as I have seen on TV in the past - for some reason, that feels far more like a disrespectful fashion statement to me than the blinged-up lapel pins ever do.

Meglet Sun 11-Nov-12 15:35:11


I lose poppies within seconds of pinning them on or the kids try and get the pin, I don't have button holes. I would rather spend more money on something that makes it to the end of the street. And yes, I would buy a new one every year.

Might get a metal lapel one next year after looking at the previous RBL link.

Hopeforever Sun 11-Nov-12 15:35:57

Having been through so many and still needing a decent one for Sunday I've got a small pin badge that is a poppy with '12' next to the leaf. It's lasted all week but I'll need a new one next year. Trouble is its too small.

I like the big badges, if £5 goes to RBL I guess it's still more than the £1 I expect some paper poppies get.

LittleMissFlustered Sun 11-Nov-12 15:39:55

My daughter has one of the 'floppy' ones they sell on the RBL stand, it was blinged to the brim with sparkle and fake gems. She loves itsmile

Mrsjay Sun 11-Nov-12 15:42:10

DD had a small blingy 1 she prefers it to paper ones and her work gave them out sits better on her work jacket,

BrianGiggs Sun 11-Nov-12 15:42:45


is all about them

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