Monday, October 27, 2014

ART - Iconic female cartoon characters "SURVIVOR" by aleXsandro Palombo


Breast Cancer Survivors

Disney Princess Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, Tiana, Iconic cartoons characters Marge Simpson (The Simpsons), Lois Griffin (Family Guy), Wonder Woman, Jessica Rabbit, Betty Boop, Olive Oyl and Wilma Flinstone.


"Every woman is beautiful, even after a mastectomy, 
and women should know that."
aleXsandro Palombo

















47 comments:

Patrizia said...

Molto particolare come scelta, ma l'importante è il messaggio che viene trasmesso, messaggio molto importante. Grazie.
Saluti, Patrizia

Ilaria Vacca said...

Ma dai! !
eccezionale!

Anonymous said...

What about doing something for all the women that die or survive the below the belt cancers that so many of us have had? I support breast cancer but they do nothing for my uterine cancer stage 3C being a survivor and all the women that I have known that have died from this disease since I was diagonsed 3 years ago.

Anonymous said...

I think it is great it will teach young girls at an early age that if you should have to encounter this it will be okay as long as you are a survivor

Anonymous said...

I think if Palombo does any more to these drawings, they'd be rated X.

Anonymous said...

This guy seems to zero in on one thing at the expense and ignorance of just about everything else.

Anonymous said...

Any of you thinking this is rated X is contributing to the reasons we are silent about this! Breasts are not evil! Only the men whose thoughts are uncontrollable are EVIL. Why do we vilify the female form instead of vilifying evil men? Why do we not look down on them and spit upon them? These are our mothers, daughters, and sisters people!

craftieoma said...

I think these are totally awesome!

Anonymous said...

as the husband of a cancer survivors, i think these are brilliant...prevention saved my wife and these may just 'prevent' someone else from not finding out in time...bravisimo...

Anonymous said...

I am a breast cancer survivor and my body is marred with scars on both breasts and my abdomen where they took tissue to cover the breast area. I am appalled at these depictions. Please do not destroy a little girl's or a big girl's fantasy. I think there is another avenue of education than ruining someone else's creation. Survival is NOT about the scars. It is so much more.

Anonymous said...

I am a man who loves women. A woman is much more then the beautiful parts of her body. I say Hurray! for this open avenue of communicating to women about the acceptance of surviving cancer. God bless every woman who endures being treated for cancer. I sincerely hope that every man in her life fully supports and loves her without question.

Jordan Watson said...

THis is absolutely horrible. WHY must we teach our children about this through CARTOONS?! How about the parent sit down with their child and actually TALK to them?! This isn't the way to teach our children about breast cancer. Then these cartoons remain as cartoons and part of a child's innocence.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but although I recognize that a mastectomy is a traumatic procedure and often the only choice, it is still a mutilation and these characters look much less attractive without two breasts. Let any hate speech begin, or comments on my attraction to cartoon characters but at least grant that humans evolved to value a certain concept of beauty and this is not it.

Anonymous said...

this artist is very short minded, I totally agree with the survivor who wrote this "I am a breast cancer survivor and my body is marred with scars on both breasts and my abdomen where they took tissue to cover the breast area. I am appalled at these depictions. Please do not destroy a little girl's or a big girl's fantasy. I think there is another avenue of education than ruining someone else's creation. Survival is NOT about the scars. It is so much more."

Anonymous said...

First, these surgeries are called either "simple mastectomy" or "bilateral mastectomy", not single or double like hamburger. Second, I don't necessarily find them offensive, just deeply sad. Where are the breast cancer Barbie dolls? Are we ready to roll those out too? I have had a simple mastectomy and I disagree with the "survivor" campaign. Cancer needs to become irrelevant. When my initials were put on a pink t-shirt without asking...I said I wasn't anybody's effin' poster child.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Breast Cancer Survivor. LOVE your artwork!
You are an amazing artist!
Thank you
Christene

Anonymous said...

Reality check...cancer isn't comical

http://www.karenchertok.com/blog/category/video


Anonymous said...

There are many avenues by which to educate and enlighten people. This is only one, and I applaud the artist for taking on these types of topics. Everyone else is free to promote his or her own path.

Anonymous said...

I get what you're going for. But, I am deeply offended by how you present it. There's fine lines between education, art, and the personal effect of media on a child. And I'm sorry if I don't share your vision. But, I for one can't imagine these pictures being nothing but damaging to a child's health.

anita said...

To love someone deeply goes far beyond the outward appearance. One has to love oneself before truly loving, or accepting love from others. I am fighting breast cancer for the second time. A survivor for seven years before it returned, I am now diagnosed with Stage lV breast cancer. I have had a mastectomy and the hardest part of loving myself was seeing beyond the scarred breast. It’s not about simply surviving...it’s about living, loving, laughing after surviving! I love these cartoon images. Ironically they depict the reality of breast cancer.

Anonymous said...

The cancer experience is so much more than the scars. It is about acceptance of your physical, mental, spiritual & emotional state during that period of illness and then moving forward with renewed faith, being grateful for the blessings that you receive each day and sharing those blessings with others. I want to live to my fullest potential not merely survive cancer. Life is so much more than just survival. Let us focus on offering each other hope without placing scars on the minds of the children. Let them enjoy childhood as children ought to. There are many other ways to educate our children about cancer.

Ryan Clapham said...

My mother is a three time Breast Cancer survivor, I have a wife and two daughters, It is not the place of cartoon art of known characters to educate our youth unless the creators of those characters decide to deal with it in their way way not some designer on a kick. I understand the need to educate everyone about Brest Cancer because men can develop Breast Cancer as well. So where are the male characters?
We live in a society that the only specific cancer to the sexes are prostrate for men and uterine for the females.
If you are going to attack one particular cancer have the facts and then create your own characters. I appreciate the artistic license with this but not on child hood characters that are suppose to support and nurture children and keep our memories of child hood film in its innocence.

Anonymous said...

I too am a breast cancer survivor and I agree that this is not a good way to educate people about cancer, especially children. I do not see how these imagines are helpful. They can only ruin these cartoon characters for young minds. Depicting these images for children may only cause more damage than good. There are other avenues for education.

Anonymous said...

The scars emphasize the male point of view. The scars are the least of the problem. The constant wondering if the cancer will reappear is a huge part of adjusting to being a survivor of breast cancer or any other cancer. The cartoons should be left for enjoyment as they were intended. There are better ways to teach about prevention.

Anonymous said...

At least the conversation continues. I applaud the books of real women who are survivors, but I don't think the cartoons present the reality of the situation and why mess with fantasy figures that children love? When will we do something besides promoting pink products and running laps? I have done that as a survivor and want more. Where are the free mastectomy clinics and education about what may be contributing to the cancers. Do we teach girls to know their bodies so they can be the ones to participate in early detection? That is how we save lives.

Maggie Byrne said...

Artwork my F'G arse. This is not art. This doesn't do anything to promote "awareness". This is some person that had a tiny lightbulb go off in their head . . . "Hmmmm, how might I cash in on PinkTober?"

Come on, look at the other sh*t on this site that's being being sold - or trying to be sold - as art. How insulting.

Mia • just now

WTF? This is not "Cute". This is not "Funny". My scars are not cute or funny. A new and different money grab here? To raise more money for research? (Dripping with sarcasm)

Very little of the money raised in the "walks for the cure", the sales of the pink tee shirts, baseball caps, trinkets etc promoted by the best known sponsors that crawl out of the woodwork especially in October when all is "Pinkwashed" actually goes to research. Just a money grab.

Here's what it looks like before we die -

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2644493/Under-Red-Dress-Campaign.html

Anonymous said...

Love the Under the Red Dress campaign. The women are sharing inspirational stories of struggle. It is hard to feel normal with the scars. I see them every morning and wonder why me...but then I cherish the life I have. Thanks for the link.

Anonymous said...

Amazing, brave and inspirational
Love it

Maggie Byrne said...

Anonymous x2? Those women are incredibly brave (Under the Red Dress). Looking at them just makes this all the more insulting to me.

Anonymous said...

I am a mammographer (43 yrs in radiology). I find these disgusting and cannot think of any reason for an artist to use these cartoon characters in this manner. They are children's (Disney) characters. I actually find them offensive to breast cancer patients, survivors and to the medical professionals who with fight this terrible disease daily. I feel the artist is mocking and minimizing the seriousness of breast cancer. I think they are tasteless. I would never use these in teaching, giving info on breast cancer and I certainly would never share them with children. The images with one breast are on the verge of pornographic and I see breasts all day !!! I would love to ask this artist face to face what the hell he was thinking?

Anonymous said...

IO sono un mammographer (43 anni) in radiologia). TROVO questi disgustosi, e non può pensare di qualsiasi motivo per un artista di utilizzare questi personaggi dei cartoni animati in questo modo. Sono bambini (Disney) caratteri. HO effettivamente trovare offensivo per pazienti affetti da cancro al seno, i sopravvissuti e per i professionisti del settore medico che con lotta contro questa terribile malattia ogni giorno. Penso che l'artista è lo scherno e riducendo al minimo la gravità del cancro della mammella. CREDO che sono insipidi

Anonymous said...

My mother is a cancer survivor. 6 years cancer free. Had a double mastectomy. I am proud to have her as my mother. The scars are a badge of honor. She survived. I see nothing wrong with the images. In fact if they help a child to learn that loosing a breast (or both) is not the end of the world. Many men have told her how sexy they think she is. Even after they find out about her scars, and no she doesn't "sleep around". Too bad so many people are so uptight. Your god said that he made humans in his image. Too bad he didn't leave out the cancer gene.

Anonymous said...

why does everyone only look at breast cancer is it because it leaves a scare on the out side of our bodies what about all those scares on the inside of our bodies i have a scare on the inside from stage v cancer and i survied my daughtet had 2 on the inside and 2 on the outside none related to breast cancer i lost her on oct 20 2014 so please be aware that there are many more types of cancers that take our loved ones.

Anonymous said...

Recent defeator also (I use that word instead of survivor). I think it is a good intention but a bad depiction. Many of us have lumpectomies and it is barely discernible -not to take away from scars etc. His drawings make it scarier. These days there are many ways of working with the scars. they don't look like those Frankenstein old timey scars he draws. More importantly, children should have it explained to them more honestly WHEN it is time. Not thru scarring of their favorite cartoon characters. I do commend Palombo for addressing the situation. Best wishes to all!

Anonymous said...

2 years survivor here. You can choose any way you like to educate children about this. Sit a child down and talk to them about breast cancer, mammograms, a mastectomy or anything of that nature. In one ear and out the other. Cartoon characters on the other hand will most likely stick in their heads.. He probably did it mostly for the money. I never hear anybody scoff at the bull sh!t which is Susan G Komen. Less than 10% of all proceeds make it to cancer research. And my gosh, pornographic? Get a grip. My mind resides in the gutter half the time and pornographic didn't even cross it. What else, midgets are little people? Trophies for teams in last place? Can't recite the pledge because it offends other religions? The whiners and woe is me's that are bringing this country down make me sicker than a chemo treatment.

Anonymous said...

These cartoons make the point that breast cancer can happen to anyone.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget about men and prostate and testicular cancer...

Anonymous said...

I think many of you are missing the point. First of all, I don't know where the word "children" is coming from whatsoever. Cartoon does not equal children. In fact 6 of these are from adult cartoons or older cartoons that your children wouldn't even recognize (based on how appalled you are by the pictures, I'm sure you also enforce television guidelines).

Think about it this way. If all of these procedures were true, and a new episode of the Simpsons or a new Disney sequel came out tomorrow, would they no longer be strong women? would they no longer be princesses? No, they would continue to live out their fictional lives as usual. It is the EXACT thinking behind Under the Red Dress, only Alexsandro is a pop artist, so he portrays it through his creative medium. Sure it's not quite as emotionally powerful as real women, but its far from disgusting.

Anonymous said...

Children are resilient and if you explain the meaning behind the illustrations then it is a teachable moment. I looked through some of the artists work and thought that Snow White in a wheel chair was cleaver. Women, even beautiful women, can be disabled and still be a princess. I am a survivor of domestic violence and if you have ever been abused by someone in your family that is the way it is, "Your dad could not have done that to you-he is such a nice guy." The entire time you are being abused, the abuser puts on a smile on their face for the rest of the world to see. These issues just like breast cancer are real and hiding them from children is wrong.

S Harris said...

I love these cartoons. If anyone including a child saw a limbless person they would accept it. Yet women who lose breasts are pressured to go through multiple surgeries which are expensive, risky, leave many scars, often painful, yet have no other function except to give the false appearance of normality.
I appreciate any attempt to normalize mastectomies so women like me can hold our heads high and not feel like freaks. Flat is beautiful!

jimi cochran said...

“The Scar Project” portrays beautiful young survivors and their scars. So powerful.

http://blog.thebreastcancersite.com/the-scar-project/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=wearpr&utm_campaign=the-scar-project&utm_term=20141108

Mafalda Elisa la Gala said...

Meraviglioso e geniale, i miei complimenti!

Anonymous said...

Yes these show BC can happen to anyone and to more people than you realize!
And funny how some see a Disney character and instantly think this has anything to do with educating children about BC. Those people are missing the point.
My children were more accepting and comfortable talking about my diagnosis and treatment than many adults.
Adults are who this is for, not kids.

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Very nice pictures! Very beautitul and smart!!!

A french girl!

Anonymous said...

Who says that these are meant for children???

Anonymous said...

These are sincere depictions, meant to show women that mastectomised people are still beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I'm hovering between "funny" and "jarring". Either way, I like it.

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