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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?

Dead69Girl Sun 11-Nov-12 15:45:56


I like them, my paper one always falls off,

filetheflightoffancy Sun 11-Nov-12 16:50:26

I dont know, I just dont like the way it has been turned into a fashion thing

For example like this
(and only 10% of these products are going to RBL)

It just seems quite shallow to me. It shouldnt be that young people are buying the poppies because they are a 'Celeb Hit'.

But as many of you have said, any extra money going to RBL can only be a good thing so I am prepared to concede that IAB a bit unreasonable!

I have had to correct the spelling of poppies from poopies several times in my posts

weegiemum Sun 11-Nov-12 16:56:08

Our local shopping centre had a stall with poppy merchandise (everything from bling poppies to kiddy hoodies). I just think it's too much. I don't wear a poppy by choice (my DGrandpa, a ww2 RAF gunner veteran, refused to wear one, I follow his example!) but using it as a merchandising tool is sick.

EdgarAllanPond Sun 11-Nov-12 16:56:17

i love sparkle YABU

i have a large paper one.

DD lost the money before even buying a poppy this year (that makes two years running)

maybe i should just get her one of those.

whathasthecatdonenow Sun 11-Nov-12 16:56:42

I have a one from the RBL website. I don't think they'd sell them if they didn't want us to buy them! It doesn't get creased and look a mess after a few hours. I wear it on my work clothes as I am a History teacher so I think it is important to display my poppy in school to hopefully encourage the children to purchase one. This one doesn't get spoilt by my putting my coat on.

I also buy a paper poppy to wear on my outdoor coat, and replace this at least 3 times in the days leading up to 11/11.

TenMinutesLate Sun 11-Nov-12 16:58:02

I love them....thank you for link as I'll be buying one.

Our family has gone through 7 paper ones this week....I'll still pop money in the pots even though I'll have my super dupper twinkly one; and I'd hope people who support this cause would do the same. And TBH I think they would (optimistic smiley).

Hulababy Sun 11-Nov-12 16:59:30

So long as the money goes to RBL then I have no issue at all. Some are nice and don't just fall apart. DD goes through 3 or 4 each year - one like this would be better for her. I would still donate every year anyway, and do so regardless even if not getting a poppy each time.

MirandaGoshawk Sun 11-Nov-12 17:03:26

YANBU. I'm with you. They aren't fashion statements.

LFCisTarkaDahl Sun 11-Nov-12 17:07:40

I bought one - £16 to the charity and no crap to lose/throw away. I hate throwing away anything even poppies.

Mynewmoniker Sun 11-Nov-12 17:10:06

I feel it's a 'I'm kinder, more charitable than you' statement. Sorry, I know that's going to upset some people. If you've given a donation it doesn't need a flash poppy to advertise the fact, surely. Even if you lose your poppy YOU know you've donated.


MsElleTow Sun 11-Nov-12 17:10:24

I bought the Poppy Ring from the Royal British Legion Poppy Shop. I don't know if a percentage or all of the money goes to the RBL, but they got more money because I bought that ring.

I, also, bought 4 enamel poppy pins with 2012 on so I can't re-use them next year, and DH put £10 in when he bought 4 poppies.

I think YABU, the poppy is the symbol of Remembrance, it doesn't matter if they are 'bling' or not!

LFCisTarkaDahl Sun 11-Nov-12 17:14:52

That's your stuff mynewmoniker

I certainly don't think I'm more charitable or kinder than anyone else. I just wanted one that I didn't need to throw away when it got wet or ruined.

That's you doing other people's thinking for them.

cocolepew Sun 11-Nov-12 17:15:54

I have a blingy one from the RBL website, its safer to wear because the pin is covered and I don't lose it. Also it doesn't get thrown away, I still put money in the collection boxes every year.

akaemmafrost Sun 11-Nov-12 17:20:23

I don't think there's anything wrong with them. I am going to get one but will still donate each year. Going to get the dc wrist bands as well as their poppies fall off in minutes without fail.

EdgarAllanPond Sun 11-Nov-12 17:21:16

maybe they are more charitable than you?

or maybe they like shiny things more.

LilyVonSchtupp Sun 11-Nov-12 17:22:38

I agree with you OP. YANBU.

"More money goes to the charity" argument would make more sense if everyday poppies weren't bought by DONATION. i.e. YOU choose how much to put in.

I also agree with Mynewmoniker - I don't think the poppy should be turned into a statement about the wearer. If the old poppy does get lost or broken, so what - it's

I think the simplicity of the poppy and its uniformity is symbolic. Everyone wore the paper and plastic poppy regardless of wealth, age, ability and background. Wearing the poppy gave us something in common. I think 'brand diversification' goes against the spirit of remembrance and of uniting us all in a simple act that remains the same year in year out.

And if I sound both pretentious and an old duffer I don't care smile

LilyVonSchtupp Sun 11-Nov-12 17:23:55

Sorry I missed a senstence off the 3rd para. Should read: - "it's not about advertising how benevolent you are but about getting donations to service families and veterans."

ReshapeWhileDamp Sun 11-Nov-12 17:36:40

I agree with those who say it shouldn't become a fashion statement. I always liked the essential leveller of poppy-wearing - the prime minister, your teacher, the vicar, some sleb on tv and you would all be wearing the same cheap paper poppy. The message was kept simple and there was no implication that all poppies were equal but some were more equal than others. confused I also dislike the opportunity for ostentation - that if you're wearing the £24.99 bling one from the RBL site rather than one bought for an unspecified donation, it's quite clear how much you've spent. hmm

(on the other hand, I wore an AIDS ribbon for about an entire decade (and not sure why I don't still wear one) and sometimes it was a ribbon one, sometimes it was an enamel one, and for a while it was a lovely one woven from beads by HIV sufferers in Kenya. It fell off though.)

LFCisTarkaDahl Sun 11-Nov-12 17:37:07

But I am not making a statement, I am not advertising my 'benevolence'' - those are assumptions you are putting on me.

In my head I'm buying something not disposable and that's the extent of it.

LFCisTarkaDahl Sun 11-Nov-12 17:39:58

Actually that's not quite the extent of it as I teared up when I bought it a month ago on the day my cousin left for Iraq.

But let's not let reality get in the way of having a go at what you think is a 'fashion statement'.

BinksToEnlightenment Sun 11-Nov-12 17:49:33

It's not possible for the whole price of a poppy to go to the charity. Even it's made of paper, it has still cost money to make it. You have to pay for the time and the materials before the donation.

LilyVonSchtupp Sun 11-Nov-12 17:52:42

Hi LFC - I'm not putting any assumptions on you. I didn't mention you at all. I think there should be one poppy for everyone and people donate according to what they can afford. I agree with you and think this poppy should last longer and be more environmentally / wildlife friendly. But it should be one poppy for all.

However, there would clearly be a cost-benefit to RBL on having 'bling' poppies so I am aware I'm out of touch on this.

McChristmasPants2012 Sun 11-Nov-12 17:57:28

I wonder how many trees are used to make the thousands of poppies that end up in landfill and the plastic bits in the middle how much pollution is emitted when making theses parts.

I try to reuse, reduce and recycle as much as I can, so a poppy that last from my pov is more Eco friendly

Tiggygirl Sun 11-Nov-12 19:26:05

I think they are a fab idea and plan on buying one for next year.I hate the fact that I constantly lose the paper ones and prefer to know that they are going to stay put .I plan to donate money every year regardless ,so I don't agree that it will affect donations .

filetheflightoffancy Sun 11-Nov-12 19:26:30

Yes, I think thats it Lily and Reshape, the paper poppy used to be a simple, universal thing, everyone wore the same one whether they were celebrity, politician or Joe Bloggs. Now there is almost an element of 'my poppy is better than your poppy'.

McChristmas you make a good point that there probably are implications with all that wasted paper and plastic. But I think that there should still just be one Poppy, albeit perhaps a more environmentally friendly you, that everyone wears and pays for with a donation.

My opinion is quite invalid really though, as the RBL obviously are all for selling the blingy ones.

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