Toxic Chemicals Strut Wacky Hollywood Red Carpet Event
Health Advocates Call for “Independence” from Toxic Chemicals
LOS ANGELES, July 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Some of the most toxic chemicals on earth were depicted by Hollywood actors on Sunday, June 24th for wreaking havoc on our health and environment at the 3rd Annual “Toxies“, a satirical red carpet awards event. Hosted by D.W. Moffett of ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and TV Land’s Happily Divorced, excited attendees included scientists, physicians, health advocates, sharing toxic truth about the worst offenders. Moffett’s wife is a cancer survivor. They became involved to “help attract the attention and political action needed to prevent the many cases of cancer and other diseases triggered by chemical overload.” Moffett portrayed a corrupt chemical industry spokesperson.
“Many of these chemicals end up in our bodies. On this 4th of July, we declare independence and demand that our government protect us from toxic intruders that are harming our health,” says Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA. “We can create jobs and economic opportunities by supporting non-toxic alternatives.”
“Worst Local Performance” Ultrafine Particulate Matter, a combustion by-product associated with higher rates of asthma and mortality in working class communities near highways.
“Worst Hair and Makeup” Hair relaxer Sodium Hydroxide, may lead to scalp scarring, lesions, hair loss, blindness, reproductive issues, and early puberty.
“Worst Workplace Drama” Carcinogenic Chloropicrin, a soil fumigant used for strawberries, other crops. A “Kanye West” moment occurred when a carwash worker interrupted the acceptance speech to insist the award go to Yellow Soap, a degreaser plaguing carwasheros with severe headaches and blurred vision.
“Worst Ball-Breaking Performance” carcinogenic Dioxin, made by burning plastic, contaminating the food chain, and is associated with reproductive and developmental harm.
“Worst Replacement in a Series” Halogenated Flame Retardants (HFRs), linked to lower IQs, infertility and cancer. Banned HFRs are replaced by chemicals that turn out to be just as toxic.
“Worst Performance in a Mystery” Fracking Chemical Cocktail, secret mixture of more than 600 chemicals released into groundwater and air when getting natural gas out of rock.
“Lifetime Achievement in Harm” Lead, neurotoxic metal present in paint in older housing especially low-income communities.
More than 1,000 votes were cast for “People’s Choice,” taken by Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).