Aaron Schock finds a new reason to show off his chest

Aaron Schock, the “conservative” “anti-gay” Republican congressman who never misses an opportunity to show off his “hot” bod, has found another reason to bare his “too busy to date a girl” pecs.

Schock took the ALS challenge, a recent rather-effective gimmick to raise money, and publicity, for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.  Basically, people take video of themselves having ice water poured on their heads.

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Reportedly, “more than 2 million ice bucket challenge videos featuring tech giants such as Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have helped raised more than $20 million for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research and awareness since July 29.”

Some have taken umbrage at ALS raising money, and awareness, from such a goofy campaign. For example, this has been flying around Facebook:

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But I say, why not? Fundraising is per se “goofy.” People don’t just give money to various candidates and causes because it’s a good idea. You generally need to find a hook to get them to give. That hook can be a specific threat (“oh my God, the Republicans are about to pass legislation killing Social Security!”), or it can be giving the donor something in return (such as the celebrity-studded galas that organizations throw as fundraisers).

You shouldn’t have to throw a champagne dinner in order to get someone to give to a civil rights cause, but it’s what works, so that’s what groups do to raise money.

So, rather than criticize ALS for what was a rather brilliant marketing and fundraising scheme, I suppose you should be criticizing human nature. But I’m not entirely sure what good the criticism really does. I do know what good the ice challenge is doing — it’s raising real cash for a real disease, and that’s definitely something.


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  • MJ

    If you were assaulted when you were 26, that’s a good explanation for why you’d enjoy seeing harm come to others. It filters down that way. I’ve seen every variation of that hatred in the gay ghetto.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Well, the dictionary should include your picture with the definition of hubris. How the fuck can you tell someone what they are thinking? I was assaulted by three men when I was 26 years old, and I do feel compassion for anyone who is assaulted. You may need to look up the definition of compassion, since you don’t seem at all familiar with it.

    You just had to know why I was concerned about your comment about African Americans and the Civil Rights era. I answered you, and you dropped it like a hot potato. A timeline mark? You couldn’t say the 60s?

    Your comments are still private, although you say you are an open book. I don’t buy for a second that it’s DISQUS’s fault. Did you know that DISQUS has an edit feature? You could have put all that has one comment instead of three.

    I am not responding to you anymore in this thread. You might want a fight, but I don’t have the desire to interact with someone who is so rigid (and not in a good sense).

  • MJ

    And, no, you’re not sorry I was assaulted on the subway. You probably wish I was hurt badly. In fact, I fought them off quite successfully. And I don’t blame all blacks for that attack. Who I DO blame are the gay NYC activists/reporters/journalists who were excited to hear the report from myself and the police UNTIL they found out I’d been attacked by black guys. then they didn’t want to publicize it. Not politically-correct. In fact, they all decided I must somehow have been the villain in the case. (A few years later these same activists found it impossible to hide from facts, as one after another after another of the assaults turned out to bbe committed by minorities…on camera).

  • MJ

    No, my own attack on the subway doesn’t influence my opinion on overall truths about African-Americans. I voted for Obama, but I also know about crime statistics. And homophobic assaults in NYC. And riots. and everything else. (And also that black gay guys have it much harder in their own neighborhoods than I ever had).

  • MJ

    The reason I emphasized that crime and firearms homicides are primarily a black-on-black problem in the U.S. (and please don’t argue…anyone can look it up anywhere) is because I was dealing with Englishmen trying to espouse the idea that the majority of U.S. firearms crimes were committed by whites (and RACIST whites, at that). I was tired of their racist (anti-white) fantasies about the way they WANT the U.S. to be. (I was only using the Civil Rights Era as a timeline mark).

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Sir, yes sir! I’m sorry sir. I have a life sir!

    The problem I had with that comment was it sounded like one of those people who think African Americans were better off before the Civil Rights era. What did you mean? Why the reference to before the Civil Rights era? I’m sorry you were assaulted by some African American men on the subway. Perhaps that is influencing you quite a bit.

    Your comments are still private.

  • MJ

    I’ve asked you why “..but it’s all black-on-black..” is your favorite comment of mine and you still won’t answer, which is…..pretty rude…(since I responded to all your questions).

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    You should do a little homework before spouting such ignorance. The original campaign was 60,000 emails. It went viral from there. This is far less expensive than the typical fundraising campaign. And yes, it’s terrible that development costs these nonprofits so much but if they didn’t do that they’d go under. That’s just reality.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    So they should just do without the funds raised this way rather than try to find unique ways to raise money? And yes some people are a little show-offy with this. So the fuck what? It’s still a good cause. I’m sorry that we don’t live in the perfect world where charities didn’t have to go begging like this but EVERY ONE OF THEM has to. This was clever. As for wasteful in the drought areas, the water to fill a bucket is the equivalent of a few seconds in the shower. This is not making any significant contribution to the water shortage. That’s just bullshit. I wish there were a better way but this is working and you’re just being an asshole.

  • MJ

    Good inside sources told me Dom Deluise wasn’t straight. But whether he was heterosexual or homosexual, he reminded me of a wifely chubby-bubby wiggling giggling lisping fussy cooky type, exactly what most “bears” are like, even though they like to pretend they’re the “manly” types in the gay zoo, which is self-delusional and made even more annoying by their taking on a certain elitist snottiness toward anyone who’s a “non-bear” to make up for the rejection they initially suffered for not having six-pack abs.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    More importantly, why do you think he wasn’t?

  • MJ

    My posting history is open to anyone. (For some reason now I’m having trouble fixing my profile…) But anyone can have my posting history, or even my phone number if he wants to hook up to discuss a problem he has with me. (No one ever really has the gumption to hook up though).

  • MJ

    Why do you think Dom Deluise was straight ?? Beause he had kids ?

  • MJ

    Why is that comment of mine a favorite of yours ?

  • MJ

    Do they mean ALL Christians and ALL Republicans ??

  • MJ

    I think you were busted, uhhhh….sweetie. You decided it’s okay to generalize….just not about those fat guys who you happen to like.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Now I’m getting worried about you. My concern wasn’t that you met a few bears. I was quite worried that you met all bears. I’ve been around this blog for a very long time. Long time commenters know me. I don’t have a problem with anyone who puts down a Christian or a Republican (did you really mean to word it that way?). You need something to fill your time? Go through my history and find examples of that.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Try again sweetie.You’re comparing apples to oranges. I spoke out against the church itself. I didn’t say all Roman Catholics were pedophiles. I said the church was pedophile enabling. It is. The past pope (retired pope?) was even involved in that. Currently the Archbishop of the Twin Cities is under attack, because he chose to ignore reports of pedophile priests. That would be the same archbishop that spent millions of dollars on anti-gay marriage DVDs to mail out to the Roman Catholics in the state. That’s money that could have been used to feed the hungry or shelter the homeless. Could it be because I said the Roman Catholics aren’t knowledgable of the Bible? They’re not, because the church wants it that. The church tells them what the Bible says while skipping over certain parts. Bible study classes are not something you find in Roman Catholic churches. If you are talking about the selling of indulgences, well that’s history. That’s why the Protestant church separated from the Roman Catholic church. Well, one of the reasons. The justification by faith thing seemed much more important to Martin Luther.

    I said that an organization did such and such. That can actually be proven by news sources. I did not describe all Roman Catholics in a certain manner. You said that all people of a certain group behaved in a certain way. if you can not see the difference, it’s because you don’t want to see the difference. Oh BTW – Dom Deluise was straight.

  • MJ

    I just looked at your comment history and didn’t go far before I saw what you said about Roman Catholics. You’re a hypocrite.

  • MJ

    Well………I thought you seemed like a nice guy, but now you’re acting like a jerk….(what makes you think I only met a “few” bears ? And I sure hope you jump all over anybody on this blog who puts down a “Republican” or “Christian”).

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Either you have met absolutely every person who would qualify as a bear, or you are judging a whole group by a few. I was born and raised in the south, so I must act like the police chief in Ferguson. Right? Is my North Carolina accent the same as a Texas accent? We’re all Southern. I’m gay, but I don’t consider myself flamboyant. Since some gays are flamboyant, does that mean I must be flamboyant? I’m Latino. Does that mean I’m an undocumented worker?

    Believe me. What I wrote was nice compared to what I was thinking.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I’ll ask next time I see him.

  • MJ

    Prejudice actually means pre-judge. To have pre-conceived notions, without actual experience, about a certain group (usually racial or religious). That’s not the case here (since I’m going by experience with that clique). But you COULD tell me to be a little nicer.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    The sad part is, large charities like the ALS Association spend millions every year on marketing and fundraising. This whole thing proves that they’re wasting their (donors’) money. Nowadays all it takes is enough creativity to go viral to raise awareness, and result in a significant increase in donations.

  • richardgrabman

    Yes, it is. Why should public health be a private initiative with diseases competing for research funds based on their catchy fund-raising? And those of us who live in desert regions find this wasteful and stupid. And narcissistic in the extreme.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I don’t remember seeing a stove in those pictures. A stove would look very strange on the streets of Provincetown.

    There are many ways to be prejudice. Besides your obvious dislike of bears. I’ve seen guys who are prejudice of twinks or effeminate men or leather men. The list can go on. We fight against prejudice, but we do it too. For Pete’s sake, no one is asking you to sleep with them.

  • Demosthenes

    The ice bucket challenge is brilliant. It is getting people of all ages and ideologies to give to the ALS charity. Really smart!

    BTW — I wonder if Sen. Mark Kirk and Sen. Lindsey Graham will join with Cong. Schock?

  • MJ

    And most of them act like that Dom DeLuise, wiggling and gigglng as they fuss around the stove.

  • MJ

    And most of them………..ugh…

  • MJ

    Oh, I’ll look the other way. As fast as I can..

  • MJ

    I agree. (I never said ALL).

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    That’s a good point. I was looking at pictures of Bear Week in Provincetown, and some of those guys …… well, yum.

  • nicho

    Not all bears are fat and lazy — and not all twinks are skinny and fit.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    They seem to like each other. Just look the other way.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra
  • Fireblazes

    Had he worn a jock strap like John Barryman’s husband it would have been better.

  • Fireblazes

    What about his Underoos?

  • MJ

    I’ve seen lots of that. But even that’s better than the fat unkempt gay guys who are just lazy and eat too much but try to legitimize it by labeling themselves “bears.”

  • Tatts

    Oh, come on! He’s in great shape. I’d do anything to have a body like that. Well, except diet and exercise.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    Really? You haven’t seen gay guys with huge pecs and arms but bird legs and undeveloped shoulders and backs? Really? I see them all the time.

  • Labianna Shuncock

    He makes me all puffy down there.

  • BlueIdaho

    I agree.

  • Bookbinder

    He looks great! You’re just jealous, John. go to the gym.

  • Buster33

    Pretty is as pretty does. He is an ugly and not-so-secretly gay hypocrite who works to deny civil rights to openly gay people.

  • FaithColeridge33

    Make it stop already.

  • Buster33

    It is hilarious that the anti-gay conservatives of his district elect this fabulously flaming closet case to be their spokesman in Congress.

  • jomicur

    John Aravosis, you are a terrible person. Criticizing the carefully sculpted, impeccably manscaped body of an uber-narcissist like Schock will wound him much more deeply than discussion of his closeted-hypocritical politics ever could.

  • bkmn

    Yup. His garanimals shirts don’t help either.

  • Indigo

    You’re right, that’s the Redneck physique, looking almost like the comic book.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Oh, you must live in or around the Twin Cities.

  • doug105

    Prime donor body if brain transplants ever happen.

  • DRoseDARs

    I don’t think the badger on his head would like that very much…

  • Max_1
  • Hue-Man

    It reminds me of the chain letter phenomenon which required that you copy the letter and pass it along to X number of your friends, who would etc. If you didn’t, some horrible event would happen which fortunately I’ve managed to delete from my memory bank. I didn’t complain about it, just trashed the letter, presumably triggering the horrendous event (which was never reported in the media). This too, shall pass.

  • EdA

    Reminds me to wonder — how’s his fellow body-builder Paul Ryan doing?

    http://www.tmz.com/2012/08/30/paul-ryan-republican-national-convention-rnc-aaron-schock-tampa/

  • bkmn

    He kind of reminds me of a local gay weatherman (age 33) who used to be a marathoner (did over 13) but now I think his knees are shot so he kayaks and pumps weights like crazy. To top it off he is short so his body looks even odder than it otherwise would.

  • AndyinChicago

    Ugh, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but in his defense, he has actually fought against defunding the NIH, something a huge number of republicans who are doing this challenge have forgotten that they did, holding research for almost all diseases back years. http://www.asco.org/advocacy/members-congress-ask-appropriations-committee-protect-nih-funding

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    When I was in college, I took that course. It lasted four years, because I kept failing the finals.

    John is correct, it is a nice body, but something is not quite right.

  • Palto

    The devil presents himself in pleasing shapes.

  • MJ

    That must only be a DC straight guy thing. In Brooklyn dudes either have good bodies or bad ones, whatever the sexuality. (And ln Manhattan, too many guys uphold the stereotype that too-smart=bad-body. Like all power is in the intellect and the body loses out. Again, whatever the sexuality…lol…)

  • kingstonbears

    With a hair net no less. LOLOL

  • emjayay

    “Donald Trump”?

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    Welcome to the internet. Only silly things go viral. It’s brilliant is what it is and the other charities are only objecting because they didn’t think of it first.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    It’s not the least bit controversial. It’s just that some people have to find something to bitch about so they do. Mostly they are jealous that someone beat them to this idea as it has been highly effective and raised a great deal of awareness and money.

  • BlueIdaho

    Actually he did it all wrong. You are to have ice water dumped on your head by someone else. Obviously, we was filming a one man show. But he is pretty.

  • JoeMelrose

    It’s a gym body. The relative disproportions are what you get from the isolation exercises that machines and dumbbells give you. The reason people who do bodyweight exercises (gymnasts, TRX, etc.) are more in proportion is because the exercises force you to use various muscle groups in whole body movements. But still, compared to the average person nowadays, you gotta admit he’s looking pretty good.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Honestly, I find his body all wrong, it’s out of proportion. In a straight-guy kind of way (it’s what straight guys tend to do when they work out and worry too much about accentuating certain parts of their body). Which is kind of funny, under the circumstances.

  • Jimmy

    I kind of agree the whole ice bucket challenge is kind of silly, but so what. It’s designed to bring attention to a devastating disease and what do you know, it’s been a resounding success. Sure you can jsut donate money and take the easy way out, but part of this fundraisers success has been people challenging others to do the ice bucket challenge, which has been the driver of its success. The ultimate peer pressure.

  • Indigo

    Okay, he’s cute. But he doesn’t call . . .

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