Yesha Callahan

Dear Rich People With Kickstarter Campaigns..Go Kick Rocks


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”.

  1. July 23, 2013 - Reply


    This is my biggest peeve with these crowd-funding sites!!

  2. July 23, 2013 - Reply

    I so agree. I mean I like Spike Lee and have most of his movies….I still want my time and money back for “Girl 6.” Nevertheless, Spike has waaaaaaay more money that I can shake a stick at (yes I took it back). He could fund this movie himself, or go to some heavy hitters in Hollywood and get them to back him. I mean, $10,000 and you get a dinner with Spike and court-side seats to a Knicks game??? For someone like me, my question would be…”now who got my airfare and hotel cost.” But then again if I had $10,000 to just give up, then I wouldn’t need help with the above mentioned.

  3. July 23, 2013 - Reply

    He’s worth 40 million, and instead of investing in market research, he using the random public to contribute to that exploratory aspect of the project. And their support will help him determine how successful the film might be, and whether he should kick in his own funds, or that of the resources he has access to.

    It’s smart, but it’s opportunist as well. I’m surprised that people who funded the “Veronica Mars” project didn’t step back and wonder, “Well, what is the net worth of the people behind this project, and why do they NEED contributions?”

    I have some Spike Lee favorites, but I be damned if I give him any of my money, especially since he’s irked my nerves a few times over the years, especially with his lame attacks on Tyler Perry.

    He’s proven himself to be a bourgeois elitist negro, jealous, in my book.

  4. July 23, 2013 - Reply

    “MMHMM that’s right”

  5. July 23, 2013 - Reply

    Shrug… These sites aren’t necessarily for a specific demographic. Funding isn’t easy to come by so I say go for it to anyone trying to get their project out there. Giving to Spike’s film project or any other hollywood type isn’t taking away from other projects on these sites. BTW If Mara Brock Akil asked for funding for a “Girlfriends” movie, I’d donate in a heartbeat (lol). Like I said, funding isn’t always easy to come by, so if this method works, why not?

    What I love about these sites is you can donate for so many different types of projects/programs for people of all walks of life.

  6. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    Sadly, any percentage of 7 billion people on the planet that share like minds with rich people, publishers, celebrities etc enough to donate on kickstarter are doing what they can as a result sheer numbers and the freedom to do. As much as I would want it to be for only those who need it, Every good platform always attracts the good, the bad and ugly. and Kickstarter is no exception. I expect it to get worse. just ask Obsidian CEO:

    “We were actually contacted by some publishers over the last few months that wanted to use us to do a Kickstarter,” he revealed on his team’s own KS page. “I said to them ‘So, you want us to do a Kickstarter for, using our name, we then get the Kickstarter money to make the game, you then publish the game, but we then don’t get to keep the brand we make and we only get a portion of the profits.’

    “They said, ‘Yes’.”

    So enjoy it while its still what you like. Eventually enough bad eggs may creep in to make the omelette not worth eating.

  7. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    I’m sure the same people complaining also can’t reason with why he’s started the kickstarter. A better argument would be you don’t know what project your money is going toward as opposed to he’s rich, so I won’t donate. That ass backwards philosophy is why you still have people complaining about why we don’t see black actors and actresses in shows.

    Hell, he laid out a compelling argument as to why you should donate: big budget films are dominating the money allocated by companies. Production companies care about the bottom line and if you can’t produce that then it’s a problem for them and your ass! I mean seriously, you can’t be satisfied with the fact that a company shelled out close to $200 million to make World War Z, but won’t do the same for more quality films, can you? I mean what message are we really sending here? Even worst, the Lone Ranger was big budget and that shit tanked! If you’re not going to donate to the rich who actually care about producing quality, are you going to start a petition (another complaint among many that’s been proven effective) to get production companies to pretty much wake up?!

    The kickstarter at best could’ve gone to fund salaries for said actors and actresses, but because you have people who can’t seem to reason beyond not giving my money to rich people, the bigger picture is ignored. I wonder how many of the same people are going or have gone to see Fruitvale Station or advocated for seeing Pariah (something Spike did). This is a perfect example of putting your money where your mouth is, especially if you’ve complained about seeing a man dressed as a woman or BET killing black programming.

    It’s a shame we’d rather sit and criticize this man for making an attempt at bringing something non-Tyler Perryish than for inquiring more about the project before donating. Like I said, the only reasonable grounds for not donating would be because you don’t know what the project is. I’d just take to task asking him what it is and inquiring on why he won’t say more on it. That much should be obvious. If you don’t like Spike Lee that’s one thing and if you don’t care to give to “rich motherfuckers” (which most of us already have indirectly) then fine, but don’t let your petty disdain for him or the next rich black person interfere with contributing to a cause/movie/etc that could bring us the next Denzel or Whoopi Goldberg (who also – despite her dollar worth – had to start a kickstarter).

    • July 26, 2013 - Reply

      @Child, Please

      I am leaning towards agreeing with you on this one. I have been torn about supporting Spike Lee, but I do see your point. We do complain a lot about not having the proper movies, and we do say that when the right one comes along, then we will support, and then when movies come along, we have the highest critiques for why it does not meet our standards. While I don’t fully like the idea of Braff asking regular folks for money, I can see his point of not wanting to compromise on his idea if he sold it to big production companies. Plus, it is a great way to stir up awareness/word of mouth for your project. My main issue with Spike Lee is, I am not sure his idea is great enough for me to support. Overall, I think White people are just more financially supportive of the things they want to see.

  8. July 26, 2013 - Reply

    I actually agree with the author. I am sure the intent of these sites was not to raise money for those who already have access or even potential access to such resources as a Spike Lee or Zach Braff.

    And I am sorry, if Spike has to work a little harder and make a few extra phone calls to get his blood movie made then so be it. He still has far more options to exercise then some “joe public” chick from anywhere trying to get her student film or whatever made. He ought to be embarrassed quite frankly and so should any other major Hollywood player using these sites to fund any of their shiite.

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