Days of Change

The Act Like a Human Being Challenge

August 26, 2014

In the last few weeks, everyone from national celebrities to executives in my own company have taken part in the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” The name is something of a misnomer, since there are no ice cubes involved, just a bucket of cold water. This has become a viral internet phenomenon because people love to watch people being doused with water. The side benefit is that the challenge is often to get doused with water, donate money to ALS, or both.

Sarah Palin did both in a YouTube video. She decided to emulate a video that Patrick Stewart did where he wrote a check and used the bucket of ice to fix a drink. Palin fixed herself a glass of Diet Dr. Pepper and then a bucket of water was dumped on her anyway.

The reaction was predictable. The Sarah Palin grievance industry complained about self-promotion, bad acting, product placement and even the way she screamed when hit with ice-cold water. The left vacillates between picking on her and complaining about why she’s so pervasive. One columnist tried to just ignore her and challenged others to do the same. My challenge would be for everyone to act like a human being. If Palin does something for a good cause and you still don’t like her, just shut up and move along.


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