Back in April, Ryan Kesler and Popchips announced the Game Changers initiative, which would give fans the opportunity to suggest charitable causes for the Canuck centre to support. After a month, Kesler was presented with a shortlist of five charities. From those five, he went with the request to tape a public service announcement for the BC Society of Transition Houses, “a non-profit association of Transition, Second and Third Stage Houses, Safe Homes, Children Who Witness Abuse Programs and other groups which serve the needs of women and their children fleeing violence”, according to their website.
“I’ve never known anyone personally who was affected, but I picked this charity because I feel strongly about it,” said Kesler when asked about the selection. “Too many kids are going through this. Violence against women is not right and when you involve kids… I have kids myself and I couldn’t imagine my kids going through something like that.”
Kesler filmed the public service announcement in support of the “Love Doesn’t Hurt” campaign back on June 22nd. It was released Tuesday. Here it is:
That’s great, and what a great cause.
But do you want to know what’s not great? Ryan Kesler’s heinous, heinous goatee. What the what?
Don’t be fooled by the timing of the PSA’s release. Yes, it may be Movember now but, again, Kesler filmed this PSA on June 22. So why did he look like a big ol’ creep?
The answer, my friends, is a lesser-known facial hair movement called “Fu Man June”, one that a bored, post-surgery Ryan Kesler opted to throw in with this past summer for no real discernible reason. Thankfully, because he cares, both about ending violence against women and about not looking like a moron in a video that will exist forever, he converted the awful fu manchu into a slightly-less-awful goatee for the shoot before returning it to prominence immediately afterward.
Here’s Kesler on June 18, four days before the shoot:
— Ryan Kesler (@Ryan_Kesler) June 19, 2012
And here’s Kesler on June 29, seven days after:
— Ryan Kesler (@Ryan_Kesler) June 29, 2012
Pretty’s sure that’s a flagrant violation of the rules of Fu Man June, but it was for a good cause, so we’ll give him a pass.
This has been another top-notch investigative PITB blog post.
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