Crowd funding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and countless others have benefited plenty of organizations and people who didn’t have resources to fund their projects or organizational goals. Crowd funding through Kickstarter has provided tons of inventors the opportunity to manufacturer their new gadgets, without the backing of big name companies. Indiegogo has done everything from Hurricane Sandy Relief, to giving a bus monitor a vacation she’s always wanted. Personally, I’ve donated to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, a friend’s movie Kickstarter campaign and my local hang-out spot in D.C’s Indiegogo campaign.
But that’s where I draw the line.
I don’t donate to rich motherfuckers. I’m talking to the Veronica Mars and Spike Lees of the Kickstarter world.
Crowd funding is like panhandling. It gives people without access to money and backing the opportunity to find others interested in supporting their goals. I look at it this way. If I’m at an intersection on a busy street, and to the right of me is a homeless person with a donation cup and to the left of me is Spike Lee holding his cup, guess who’s getting my money?
Sure, I loved just about every Spike Lee movie that’s been made. But needless to say, his pockets are probably fatter than any person that’s thinking about, or have donated, to his cause. Which brings me to another point. What exactly are we supposed to be donating to? A vampire movie? Spike stated the project would be about, “human beings who are addicted to blood”. Lee said his proposed movie would be “funny, sexy and blood….and it’s not ‘Blacula’ …”
Is this ”Do The Right Thing” meets “Blacula”…or “True Blood”?
Color me confused.
And no, I’m not just going in on Spike Lee. I’m an equal opportunity rich people Kickstarter hater.
Zach Braff’s Kickstarter and a Kickstarter for “Veronica Mars” spearheaded these greedy rich people into believing that the public would fund their projects. The Veronica Mars Kickstarter raised $5.7m towards production of a movie based on the show.
Yes, you read correctly, $5.7m.
I really hope those who donated that money get a t-shirt, or bumper sticker.
Needless to say, if your net-worth is in the millions, with deep ties in Hollywood, stay your ass off of Kickstarter. And miss me with the “why you so mad” comments. If you choose to give your money to rich people, do you. In the words of EnVogue, “I give to the needy and not the greedy."
Reprinted with permission from Clutch.