New mother Olivia Wilde joined the growing ranks of celebrities who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but she decided to do it her way: with icy breast milk. That was what she at first claimed it was, anyway, claiming that she could not “find any water.”
Olivia Wilde (Her, House), 30, is a major advocate of breastfeeding and she has been often photographed with her four month old baby, Otis, in the act of breastfeeding him. In September, a naked Wilde posed with Otis in glamour magazine, doing just that. The bucket of breast milk that the actress poured over her head as she was standing on the rooftop of an apartment building in New York City looked big enough to contain at least five gallons of the stuff.
She declared that it took her “all night to make this.” Olivia Wilde even shared a video of her taking the challenge in slow motion, which is below. The short video was posted to YouTube by her fiancé, Saturday Night Live (SNL) alum, Jason Sudeikis.
Then, Olivia Wilde challenged Prince, women’s rights advocate Gloria Steinem and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker to take the challenge. There has been no word yet if any of them have taken her up on the challenge.
Some people who commented on Olivia Wilde and her unique take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge said that it was a waste of a precious commodity, even if she was doing it for charity. They did not think it was right for Wilde to use breast milk for what many considered to be a “stunt.”
However, Olivia Wilde then tweeted that she was surprised that some people really had thought that she had used breast milk for the challenge. Apparently, it was not really breast milk, but cow’s milk, all along. She tweeted “my b**bs aren’t that generous. Haha.”
More money than ever before is being raised thanks to the “gimmick” of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, all to try to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the lethal neurodegenerative disorder which is perhaps better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The videos that many celebriites have out on YouTube are entertaining to watch, but they are also helping to raise both awareness of the disease and much-needed money to find a cure for it.
Olivia Wilde feels that breastfeeding a baby is a very natural thing to do and she has not hesitated to have her photo taken breastfeeding Otis because breastfeeding is a part of her “identity as a mother,” according to an interview with her in the September issue of Glamour magazine. Her advocacy of breastfeeding is likely what gave her and Jason Sudeikis the idea of doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with milk, claiming in a tongue-in-cheek fashion that it was breast milk.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been highly successful so far, raising millions of dollars. According to the ALS Association on Sunday, ver $70 million was donated in just one month. During the same time period in 2013, just $2,4 million was raised. The association added that 1.3 million new donors had been added to help fight ALS.
Olivia Wilde probably had the idea of helping promote breastfeeding, as well as doing her part in combating ALS, when she took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Still, it makes for an interesting video. If pouring icy breast milk or cow’s milk over Wilde’s head acted to raise awareness and money to find a cure for ALS, then her “stunt” was all to the good.
Written By Douglas Cobb
Olivia Wilde Doing ALS Ice Bucket Challenge With Breast Milk?