Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Tutu Threat

No, that's not a forthcoming book from Simon Hawke, it is what Spacebunny has promised she will make me do if we are able to hit her $5k for 5k target for research for the Crohn's MAP vaccine as part of the Color Run in which we are participating next month.

Personally, I thought it was bad enough to have to be dragged out of bed at some obscenely early hour and then forced to embark upon some hellish modern Trail of Tears while people yell at you, and apparently, dye you like an Easter Egg somehow; apparently they were inspired by Cersei's walk of shame from A Game of Thrones or something.

I tried to point out that running a 5k is something I have done precisely once in my life, and that perhaps a 100-meter sprint for charity might be more in order, but I was outvoted as my treacherous spawn sided with her. Then Spacebunny promised that if the $5k for 5k was raised, both of us would not only run the race, but do so in tutus as well. And that she would post the pictures on Twitter. And that I would post them here.

So, if you are either a) interested in supporting scientific research that may bring an end to the ongoing torture that is Crohn's Disease or b) looking to have a pretty good laugh at my expense, you can do so by supporting Spacebunny's Color Run Page at Justgiving. I have spoken with several members of the research team, it is a lean and efficient organization, and the funds will not be wasted.
Prof. Hermon-Taylor, together with Dr. Tim Bull and other members of the team at St George’s University of London and scientists at the Jenner Institute University of Oxford, developed a modern DNA vaccine against MAP, which is the bacteria suspected of being the primary catalyst for Crohn's Disease. Developing this vaccine took 10 years and cost around £850,000, much of it donated by the families of Crohn’s patients, without whom this new vaccine would not exist.

The Crohn’s MAP Vaccine is a modern, therapeutic vaccine against MAP. Preliminary studies in animals have shown it is safe and effective. Now a trial in humans is needed to take the vaccine from lab to clinic. If effective, the vaccine will not only protect people from developing Crohn's Disease, but will also serve as an effective cure for those already suffering from it.
The money will go to helping pay for the human trial of the vaccine which has already been developed.

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Anonymous JCB August 24, 2016 12:29 PM  

Ulcerative Colitis made my life hell, and led to rectal cancer. Whomever it is close to you afflicted with the scourge of IBD, I am sorry. I'll make a donation.

Blogger Lana J August 24, 2016 12:29 PM  

I will alert everyone I can think of so we may raise many contributions to this worthy cause!

Blogger Lana J August 24, 2016 12:30 PM  

I will alert everyone I can think of so we may raise many contributions to this worthy cause!

Blogger The Kurgan August 24, 2016 12:31 PM  

I am so giving money to this.
Going to do so right now!

Blogger #7139 August 24, 2016 12:34 PM  


Blogger Mountain Man August 24, 2016 12:39 PM  

Great cause.
My younger sister has endured a very hard life due to this debilitating disease.
I hope these scientists are successful in their quest

Anonymous Susan August 24, 2016 12:41 PM  

Dittos to the sentiments of #1.

However Vox as a parent, you should realize by now that when it comes to the opportunity to thoroughly embarrass a parent, you are always going to lose the vote.
If one of them did vote with you, that would be the time to worry.

My thoughts are also with the victims of that big nasty earthquake you folks had in central Italy, along with several dozen aftershocks.

Anonymous #1037 August 24, 2016 12:47 PM  

Wait, wait. Vox is going to re-enact Scalzi in a dress while running a long distance to raise money for a Vaccine? It's not April 1st. Is this some sort of coded message saying that the Day compound is being besieged by U.N. Thought Police and fire support is urgently needed?

Anonymous Incurvatus August 24, 2016 12:47 PM  


Blogger allyn71 August 24, 2016 12:50 PM  

Done. Money well spent. BIG, GUADY, and PINK please Spacebunny.

Anonymous Wyrd August 24, 2016 12:52 PM  


Blogger Dave August 24, 2016 12:56 PM  

Next month gives you plenty of time to find a woman that's just given birth to set the pace for you. Alternatively a running pace app might be more discrete. Anyway, I'm in.

Anonymous Peter Grant August 24, 2016 12:57 PM  

"... apparently they were inspired by Cersei's walk of shame from A Game of Thrones or something."

Errr . . . that was a nude walk. No tutu. Just sayin' . . .


Blogger Dexter August 24, 2016 12:57 PM  

You in a dress? Channeling McRapey now?

Blogger Leo Littlebook in Shenzhen August 24, 2016 1:06 PM  

For those suffering from IBD:
1. calprotectin test
2. Low Dose Naltrexone

Blogger Salt August 24, 2016 1:09 PM  

I'm in.

Anonymous #3254 August 24, 2016 1:11 PM  


This is going to be good.

Anonymous Elipe August 24, 2016 1:18 PM  

What's this? The Supreme Dark Lord engaging in acts of GOOD?! Quickly, my bench-pressing daughter, fetch me my fainting couch (I would, but it's a bit too heavy for me, and well... I'll buy you the biggest bullring for your nose you've ever seen, I promise!)! What absolute evil... so despicable, how dare he do good things! ONLY I CAN DO GOOD! DAMN IT! WHY, O GREAT, BLUBBERFINOUS TORTOAD, WHY DO YOU FORSAKE ME?
- John Scalzi

Anonymous GJ August 24, 2016 1:19 PM  

@8: My thoughts as well. Can we donate money to AVOID the inevitable Scalzi-in-drag comparison picture?

Blogger Giraffe August 24, 2016 1:20 PM  

Scalzi would likely donate the whole 5 grand just to make sure pictures of Vox in a Tutu make their way to the internet. VD does it for a good cause, though, not just because he likes to wear his wife's clothes.

Blogger Shimshon August 24, 2016 1:21 PM  

At least you can blame your wife. I wonder what Scalzi's excuse is?

Blogger praetorian August 24, 2016 1:25 PM  



Blogger SirHamster August 24, 2016 1:28 PM  

Dexter wrote:You in a dress? Channeling McRapey now?

The one thing the Dark Lord is jealous of Scalzi of ... Is it going to be a Babymetal Tutu?

OT: VD, glad to hear from you after the Italy quake news.

Blogger praetorian August 24, 2016 1:30 PM  

Ugh, sorry for the OT in this thread. Posted before reading.

Anonymous Who Dat August 24, 2016 1:33 PM  

Don't lower yourself to Scalzi levels. Save the tutu for your own private ceremonies.
But it is acceptable for you to talk about your lawn

Blogger Guitar Man August 24, 2016 1:37 PM  

If you wear your Baby Metal shirt while playing them on your ghetto blaster, that'd be even better.

I'll get the word out.

Anonymous fop August 24, 2016 1:38 PM  


Oh, and... FAAAAAAAAG!

Anonymous VFM #6306 August 24, 2016 1:40 PM  

This is what a feminist lopes like?

Like it or not, Sigma in a tutu is still Sigma. Vox'll get hit on by hottie hottie boombalotties while painted crossing guard orange in a ballerina get-up. It isn't much different than if (when?) he donned a gimpsuit.

Scalzi, on the other hand, could put on fireman's gear, and he'll still look like a male impersonator.

It is the same reason why Nate in his wife's blue nightie and makeup still looked like a half-drunk alpha. Because he was.

Make Crohn's go the way of the Hugos, twinkletoes. God bless you and your cruel little family.

Blogger Fatherless August 24, 2016 1:42 PM  

Now Scalzi will have a counter to the dress photo.

Anonymous Philipp August 24, 2016 1:45 PM  

"...but I was outvoted as my treacherous spawn sided with her."

As you live in an EU member state, how about you use the definition of democracy the EU uses? Tell your kids that they voted the wrong vote and force them to vote until they come up with the right result.

Blogger Keyser Soze August 24, 2016 1:48 PM  

oh plz don't enter the cutesy phase of your popularity - tutu's?. It's all down hill from here.........look out below!!!

Blogger Natalie August 24, 2016 1:51 PM  

The tutu will be ornamented with the skulls of his enemies I'm sure.

Blogger Fatherless August 24, 2016 1:58 PM  

Now Scalzi will have a counter to the dress photo.

Blogger LP9 Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra August 24, 2016 1:58 PM  

Make Johnny Boy Freak Out! McRapey will be hamstering over all this! So cool! He might gamma out, might not by acting like he's ignoring Vox.

Blogger Rabbi B August 24, 2016 2:06 PM  

I think you should sport a traditional Indian headdress as well and warpaint, just for good measure. We don't want you to look tooooooo gay.

Anonymous Anonymous August 24, 2016 2:08 PM  

Horrible disease. My son had ulcerative colitis for several years. It was awful. He finally had his colon removed and has been much better. Turned pro boxer last December 4-0 so far. Watch out for Sam "The Vanilla Gorilla" Crossed. Cruiserweight.

Blogger LP9 Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra August 24, 2016 2:11 PM  

Good luck and kick arse. Great workout too.

Blogger Alexander August 24, 2016 2:12 PM  

That horrifying moment when the Dark Lord clarifies that should 5k be raised, he will hire the Clinton Foundation to drop a barbell on Desmond Tutu, so that he might wear a bodysuit made out of the man's skin.

Blogger Assyrian Nationalist August 24, 2016 2:18 PM  

Donated for a good cause.

P.S.: Thank you for the work you do, Vox. I've been a lurker for a few months now and am currently reading SJWs Always Lie. I hope to use what I learn from your works to help my people acquire sovereignty and exercise their God given right to self govern in the Middle East.

Blogger Noah B August 24, 2016 2:18 PM  

How much would it take NOT to see Vox in a tutu?

Anonymous HongKongCharlie August 24, 2016 2:20 PM  

This is got to see, worth busting my budget. Unfortunately budget is busted for this month. How much time left before the race. I would advise Spacebunny to get the tutu's made.


Blogger the bandit August 24, 2016 2:23 PM  

Between the tutu and the cause, I'll have to scrounge up something.

I hear that it's not good to breathe in the dyes they throw in color runs, Vox.

Anonymous Grime Knight August 24, 2016 2:25 PM  

Donated. Now awaiting the time when comparison pics between you in a tutu and Scalzi in a dress will be all over the place!

Anonymous Deadlocked August 24, 2016 3:00 PM  

Wait...looking for money for a vaccine? I thought you were one of those horrible unscientific double-plus-ungood anti-vaxxers! What sort of chicanery is this? ;)

One serious question before I donate, though...what color will your tutu be? Sticking with with a traditional girly color like pink or fuchsia, I hope.

Blogger Jack Aubrey August 24, 2016 3:12 PM  

There are so many things wrong with this I had to participate. Hoping you do the full BabyMetal getup...

Blogger jamsco August 24, 2016 3:21 PM  

Is there anywhere I can donate to prevent the Tutu Desecration?

Blogger James Dixon August 24, 2016 3:22 PM  

Meredith also wants to know is she can donate to not have you appear in a tutu. :)

Blogger jamsco August 24, 2016 3:23 PM  

Also, I just verified. This is the first time in Internet History that anyone has uttered the phrase, "but I was outvoted as my treacherous spawn sided with her"

Anonymous BGKB August 24, 2016 3:23 PM  

You do know this will be the picture that leftists use for you forever more. At least go for some warpaint.

Blogger wrf3 August 24, 2016 3:27 PM  

Make it a blue tutu and wear it upside down so that you look like an upside-down blue umbrella!

Did the Ilk just overload the JustGiving server(s)? The page won't come up...

Blogger J Van Stry August 24, 2016 3:29 PM  

Well, I did my part. Now it's up to everyone else to help make Vox run in a tutu!

Blogger Leo Littlebook in Shenzhen August 24, 2016 3:29 PM  

The difference between Vox and Scalzi is that Scalzi will put on the dress for free.

Anonymous Wendy August 24, 2016 3:53 PM  

More than half way there in just a few hours. Good show.

Now, how much was it that Scalzi "raised" a while back? Vox can get bragging rights if he raises more...and it's money donated for sure, not just pledged.

Anonymous Anonymous August 24, 2016 4:07 PM  

Will there also be a flaming sword and mowhawk?

Anonymous Anonymous August 24, 2016 4:22 PM  

Will there also be a flaming sword and mowhawk?

Anonymous Steve Canyon August 24, 2016 4:24 PM  

The value of the education I've gotten here pales in comparison to what I'm able to donate. I'm happy I'm able to give something back.

Blogger bob k. mando August 24, 2016 4:30 PM  

isn't the Tutu the natural enemy of the Hutsi?

Anonymous WaterBoy August 24, 2016 4:42 PM  

FWIW, Scalzi wore the dress to raise money for the Clarion Foundation:

"So, Mary Robinette Kowal is over for a visit, and she brought her Regency dresses, because why wouldn’t she. Someone on Twitter mentioned that they wanted to see me in one, so I said, fine, if people on Twitter could send $500 in donations to the Clarion Foundation in half an hour, I’d take a picture in one of the dresses. We raised $600. Here I am in a Regency dress. And it looks fetching on me, I have to say."

It's always the women behind these nefarious schemes, isn't it?

Waiting to hear, "I Feel Pretty"....

Anonymous SDH August 24, 2016 4:45 PM  

I think having you run 5K is funnier than the tutu. Pics at the end of the race?

Anonymous WaterBoy August 24, 2016 4:56 PM  

Wendy @53: "Now, how much was it that Scalzi "raised" a while back? Vox can get bragging rights if he raises more...and it's money donated for sure, not just pledged."

That was another fund-raiser, which ended with over $60,000 in pledges.

However, the number of Scalzi mentions did not exceed 200, so he asked those who pledged to donate at least 77% of their original pledge; if they all did, that would total at least $46,000.

This is not in that neighborhood, but definitely a more worthy effort given the potential outcome.

Blogger WarKicker August 24, 2016 6:16 PM  

Awesome cause. I have a friend with Crohn's.


Blogger Manach August 24, 2016 6:29 PM  

Any one else having problems with the donation page at JustGiving?

Anonymous Wheeler August 24, 2016 6:47 PM  

Question: Don't you live near the earthquake center in Italy? No news on your blog about the earthquake. How near were you to the quake?

Blogger Shell August 24, 2016 7:51 PM  

My grandma has Crohn's. Great cause. I too hope for a Baby metal theme.

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 August 24, 2016 7:57 PM  

What a ripoff... Scalzi parades around in women's clothes for FREE...

Anonymous andon August 24, 2016 7:59 PM  

I was expecting machetes

Blogger Lazarus August 24, 2016 8:00 PM  

Wheeler wrote:Question: Don't you live near the earthquake center in Italy? No news on your blog about the earthquake. How near were you to the quake?

You are not Wheeler. Take your lame fishing expedition where people are dumb and dumber, Agent "Wheeler".

Oh, I forgot, that is where you live.

Anonymous jeangray07 August 24, 2016 8:56 PM  

Fingers crossed for full Indian headdress and war paint with the tutu!

Blogger Lazarus August 24, 2016 9:01 PM  

My first impression on seeing the headline was that you might have to invite Desmond Tutu to dinner. That would be interesting.

Anonymous DL August 25, 2016 12:47 AM  

Thank you for doing this!

Blogger bethyada August 25, 2016 1:01 AM  

Wearing a dress and raising money for a vaccine?

Clearly Vox Popoli has been hacked.

Anonymous Jack Amok August 25, 2016 1:15 AM  

Vox raising money for a vaccine? What's next, Nate raising money to send Glock 17s to underprivileged Massholes?

VFM 116 pitched in... Good luck. Hopefully there are umbrella drinks at the end.

Blogger rho August 25, 2016 1:52 AM  

Good on VD for supporting Spacebunny's campaign.

Blogger Remo - Vile Faceless Minion #99 August 25, 2016 4:16 AM  

99 is in... the dark lord in a tutu will make good entertainment during the SJW blood feasts to come... (slobber, slobber, grunt, slobber).

Blogger Unknown August 25, 2016 4:29 AM  

The Scalzi-Beale Corollary appears, again.

Anonymous Donald Trump August 25, 2016 5:02 AM  

Vox's nipples protruding. Sweaty tutu. VERY disrespectful!

Anonymous Icicle August 25, 2016 7:47 AM  

Also, I just verified. This is the first time in Internet History that anyone has uttered the phrase, "but I was outvoted as my treacherous spawn sided with her"

Just like his treacherous ancestors sided with the English.

Anonymous Breeder August 25, 2016 7:52 AM  

I just can't even with this.

Anonymous Be Not Afraid August 25, 2016 8:38 AM  

> I was outvoted as my treacherous spawn sided with her

Dark Lord, it may be time for you to import a new, less-treacherous pseudospawn.

Blogger Salt August 25, 2016 8:51 AM  

Target achieved. Tutu it is.

Anonymous Lulabelle August 25, 2016 8:53 AM  

PINK! PINK! (this message is for Spacebunny)

Blogger plishman August 25, 2016 9:28 AM  

Thanks for the info. We know someone with Crohns, and it's possible this info will help them.

Blogger Unknown August 25, 2016 9:58 AM  

As quickly as it was knitted together in red and in white, so the Alt-Right will unravel in pink. If the pink door opens it will be very hard to close.

It's only half a joke.

Anonymous Avalanche August 26, 2016 9:07 AM  

Could these be an 'out' for the Dark Lord? Or at least a help until they 'find' some drug/vaccine way to help?

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