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Purple Monkey Washing Machine

So what can you do to raise your self esteem?

This is our version of the phrase ’Purple Monkey Dishwasher’ and means a fact altered by miscommunication such like happens in a game of ‘whispers’.

Despite claims that the Purple Monkey Dishwasher phrase originated on “The Simpsons”, it actually existed long before it was used in the show. Its use in “The Simpsons” was accurate; Bart starts a rumour by whispering to one person who whispers it to another, etc. By the time the rumour reaches the front of the crowd, the phrase “Purple monkey dishwasher” has been added to the end due to people mishearing the original rumour as it passed from person to person.

Due to the popularity of “The Simpsons”, the phrase has since become a commonly used response to opinions stated based on hearsay and unconfirmed rumours.

Person A – “I heard from a friend of a friend that John cheated on Linda with Karen!”
Person B – “Purple monkey dishwasher”

We are using it today to represent the miscommunication portrayed by the media when it comes to body image. We are told by the experts to eat healthy, exercise, don’t smoke and don’t use drugs. The media take this information pass it down the line and what comes out on our TVs, films, magazines and internet etc is vastly distorted. If you are a woman you must be tall and ‘leggy’, be thin with a large chest, have perfect tanned skin, have perfectly styled hair and sexually available. For men you have to be powerful and strong, have perfectly muscled physique, broad shoulders, V-shaped back, with a six pack.


Yes we need to be healthy, eat our 5 a day and exercise but we are all different. Not even David Beckham looks that good in his underwear it’s all photoshopped. We want to raise young people’s self-esteem and confidence, not by helping you look like the fake imagery forced upon us but because of the difference you bring to the world.

Our Purple Monkey Washing Machine concept is very simple.

Do something good

Take a selfie (or picture) of you, the person you helped and our purple monkey (or another stuffed animal)

Post the selfie to us on Twitter @OldhamYC or email it to us [email protected]

Then pass the monkey on.

Want more!! What do you want a chufty badge??
You’ll get one. Depending on your good deed will dictate the colour. Check out the chufty badge page here


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