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An open letter to Mick Foley 
27th-Jan-2010 04:36 pm
One Person can Make a Difference
Dear Mankind Cactus Jack Dude Love Mick Foley,

Thank you.

I quote from article:

Former WWE champion Mick Foley (aka Mankind, Cactus Jack), isn’t a man accustomed to losing. Now he’s found a new enemy, one even tougher than The Rock, whom Mick beat to win his first world championship. He has teamed up with RAINN to take on sexual violence.

Mick, who has found a second career as a world champion writer (two of his books have made it to #1 on the New York Times best-seller list), stopped by RAINN’s office for lunch just before Christmas. In between pizza and firing up RAINN’s staff, he announced that he and his wife, Colette, plan to donate to RAINN 50% of the advance royalties from his upcoming memoir, “Countdown to Lockdown.”

Mick knows that money is crucial to RAINN’s ability to continue leading the national fight against sexual violence, and the Foleys’ generous donation will do a lot to help. But after coming to RAINN's office and meeting some of our dedicated volunteers, he became inspired to devote his time, too. He’s already started our training course to become an Online Hotline volunteer, where he’ll be able to help survivors one-by-one. And he’s lent his fame to the cause by doing media interviews to help us raise awareness and prevent rape.

He has also joined RAINN’s National Leadership Council, a small group of key supporters who have given their time and money to help RAINN eliminate sexual violence, and who, like Mick, have no intention of losing.

Mick, I've always liked you.* You have always had pizazz, sir. You have always displayed personality and humor and l337 skillz in the ring.

I am therefore unsurprised that you're a class act out of the ring.

By making this commitment to end sexual violence - not just throwing money at it, but actually volunteering with RAINN - you set an example. You set an example for men everywhere. And for wrestling fans everywhere. You show that this isn't a Women's Issue. You show that it affects all of us, and that we all need to be paying attention to it.

The fact that you have voiced this? You're bringing it to the attention of a whole huge demographic that may never have considered the issue.

And that, sir, is why you are made of win and awesome and cake and pie, and why I will give you a great big hug if I ever get to meet you.

Thank you.


* Yes, I like pro wrestling. Try not to faint.
27th-Jan-2010 09:43 pm (UTC) - I've stopped being surprised by people's interests...
* Yes, I like pro wrestling. Try not to faint

If it makes you smile, more power to you...
27th-Jan-2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Foley is Good, as the signs used to say.

As an old, old, old-school Cactus Jack fan (hell, I liked his stuff as the mouthpiece for The Barbarian. "I'm not a manager! I'm a *motivator*!!") I am deeply unsurprised that he would do this.

And why have you and I never geeked out on wrestling?
27th-Jan-2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
Don't know, but we should. Come visit!
27th-Jan-2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
I need something resembling stability before I start planning visits, methinks.

And who do you like besides Foley, so I know who to argue with you about? ^_^
27th-Jan-2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Lots of people! Hm. I'm not into Jeff Hardy as a person, but the way he flies off a ladder is awfully pretty...
27th-Jan-2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
*shakes head*

All these girls and their Jeff Hardy crushes.

Actually, once he stopped being a trainwreck and started putting stories together in ring the last year or so, I've liked him more. I actually preferred Matt for some time but he seems to have accepted he's never breaking into the main event and will just be a solid working hand from here on out.

Sadly, the man who was my favourite wrestler to watch is... problematic for me now, given how he left this world.
27th-Jan-2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Bang bang!
27th-Jan-2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Another person to add to my "I want to be ___ when I grow up" list!
27th-Jan-2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Mick does a lot of work with Make a Wish foundation and (if I remember properly from his books) he does a lot of work with sick kids as well. He's one of the people who has never seemed to take his influence or good fortune for granted and really seems to try to make a difference whereever he goes.

If you're into fast moving wrestling, check out any 'X Division' TNA match from the last couple years. Legends be damned, I'd rather see someone do a 540 splash off the top of the cage any day.
27th-Jan-2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
>>I'd rather see someone do a 540 splash off the top of the cage any day.<<

I haven't been the same since Lita stopped doing her flying spins off the turnbuckle. ::sigh::
27th-Jan-2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
I'm quite certain she's going to die every time she does that.

I prefer Hamada's moonsault through a table anyday.
27th-Jan-2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
And that, sir, is why you are made of win and awesome and cake and pie

And more cake and more pie. And fresh kitten bellies to snorgle and free BPAL imps and rabbit vibrators!
27th-Jan-2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, I like pro wrestling. Try not to faint.

Me too! And I've always loved Mick Foley. Now I love him even more.
27th-Jan-2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
I love Mick anyway, but man. He's just earned tons of cool points with this.
27th-Jan-2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Mick Foley has been a god in our house for years, so it's not like we can promote him or anything, but . . . oh, my stars, I'm breathless.

It's everything you said, but it's also the splendidness of it being a pro wrestling star, when the relationship between the sport and abuse is a rocky one. It's a message that needs to be sent, and if I were to be asked if I thought any wrestler were to step forward on this subject, I would have said Mick Foley, but it's one thing to dream, and another to see.

This just reinforces what I've believed from listening to him, watching him, and reading his books. This is one all around great big good guy.

Cactus-u! Cactus-u!

Okay. hyperventilating now.
27th-Jan-2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
That just rocks beyond all words. By the way, I'd love to see a pic of 'Song and Socko.
28th-Jan-2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Wow. I've pretty much always liked him. Now I'm incredibly impressed with him too.
28th-Jan-2010 12:29 am (UTC)
I'm surprised that no one has pointed out that Foley swore to protect Will Phillips, the ten-year-old who refused to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance until there really was freedom and justice for all.
29th-Jan-2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
That is one incredibly well-spoken kid, even if I have disagreements with his stance.
28th-Jan-2010 12:40 am (UTC)
My grandmother taught him German in high school. She has a couple of his books (and I think my cousin has bought them all). Yet another reason for her to be proud.
28th-Jan-2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Hey, I like pro wrestling too.

And Mankind is one guy I have always respected.
28th-Jan-2010 02:04 am (UTC)

All accounts, a good guy, and you'd like his memoirs if you haven't read them. I've wanted to meet him for years. And this: color me impressed.
28th-Jan-2010 10:22 am (UTC)
Love wrestling. Foley's one helluva guy. And, this is such an important step he's taken, one that will have a ripple effect. You go, Mick!
10th-Feb-2010 02:22 am (UTC)
hi-five, Mick!
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