Uh oh – Bad Idea Ellen


I like Ellen, I like her show but I just saw this invitation on the show’s website and think it really sends the wrong message.

“Send Us Your Bad Sunburn Photos!” I know this is meant in the spirit of fun but I think it inadvertently encourages people to actually go out and get strange looking sunburns in order to send in a photo and have it possibly appear on national TV.

People make enough bad choices regarding sun protection they don’t need any more encouragement.

I’ve had sunburns, lots of them, really bad ones. They were miserable not funny and have left me with a fear of the long term damage that may show up at any time.

In fairness the request goes on to say ” … Just don’t forget the sunscreen! If you did, and you have the bad sunburn to prove it, we want to see the funny photos.” but I’m sure there are some people who will see this and think it’s a challenge!

What do you think; do you think it encourages stupid-sunburn-selfies?


It’s not that we don’t have a sense of humor, we love pictures of misspelled tattoos, auto correct fails, bad facebook status updates etc. With so many people still unaware of the dangers of sunburn we’re glad to see Ellen isn’t encouraging silly-sunburn-snaps.

We’d love to see segment on Stylish-Sungear…


About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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4 Responses to Uh oh – Bad Idea Ellen

  1. I have to agree with you that a lot of people seek 5 minutes of fame. All you have to do is watch Jackass, U-tube and reality shows that people are injuring themselves just to get attention. I really don’t understand this phenonmen.

  2. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    thank you for posting have a blessed day

  3. salpal1 says:

    what a shame! We all know sun is bad, and like you, I have had many a bad sunburn, love a tan. I always thought “it won’t happen to me” but last year it did. I had three suspicious spots removed from my back, thankfully, all precancerous. I had a chemo treatment to get rid of sun damage on my mouth So now I wander the earth looking like a little old lady in broad rimmed hats and long sleeved shirts, I only come out after dark and on rainy days. It would be better if Ellen had people take photos of how they protect themselves from the sun – maybe you should enter a sunny sleevz photo instead of a sunburned one!

  4. essbee14 says:

    Agreed! I saw a printed PSA the other day that said something like “There’s no such thing as a *good* tan,” which I thought was a good point. I think people can also forget that prolonged unprotected sun exposure can also be harmful, even if they don’t have the red, peeling skin factor afterward.

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