I’m back from vacation – two weeks in a little cottage on a cow farm in northern France, it was lovely thankyouverymuch – only to find people throwing buckets of ice water over themselves.
For those who have somehow managed to miss the phenomenon, it’s to raise awareness and donations in aid of ALS* research (see below for more information).
The rules of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge are simple. Each nominee must be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads, then challenge others to do the same – or forfeit by way of a donation to either the ALS Association in the US or the Motor Neurone Disease Association in the UK.
About this time last week, Jared Padalecki (Dean Forester) took up the challenge from many, including Misha Collins (Supernatural) – but rainchecks his nominees as he waddles off to unfreeze his balls.
Two days later, Lauren Graham (pictured right) took the challenge, having been nominated by Connie Britten (Nashville, Friday Night Lights, Lauren’s ex-housemate). Ably assisted by boyfriend Peter Krause, Lauren appeared to suffer mild abrasions from the rubber ice cubes. She went on to tweet-nominate Miles Heizer (Parenthood), Sam Pancake (Lauren’s co-star in The Life Coach) and Jason Ritter (Parenthood and cancelled Alexis Bledel show, Us and Them. I’m not bitter.)
We’ll be following the trend (if it hasn’t fizzled out by the time I post this) by other members of the Gilmore cast, in the Comments below. Susan Sarandon took the Challenge yesterday and nominated Melissa McCarthy (Sookie St James), David Bowie and George Saunders. Sarandon was nominated by Harry Styles… the mind boggles.
Which Gilmore Girls actor or character would you like to see being dunked? I’d be worried Taylor would go into cardiac arrest. Have you taken the challenge and if so, how was it for you? Have you been affected by ALS or known someone who has?
*ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – is an incurable disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing degeneration, paralysis and eventual death. Also referred to as Motor Neurone Disease, the donations – currently estimated at nearly US$80 million – will aid crucial research.
Pic c/o Lauren Graham and her rubber ice cubes