Last time on the melodramatic horror show The Story of Kickstarter, we discovered that Kickstarter allowed a how-to guide of how to harass and sexually assault women to use their service and gain over $16,000 in funding. Upon being confronted with this, Kickstarter released the following statement:
This morning, material that a project creator posted on Reddit earlier this year was brought to our and the public’s attention just hours before the project’s deadline. Some of this material is abhorrent and inconsistent with our values as people and as an organization. Based on our current guidelines, however, the material on Reddit did not warrant the irreversible action of canceling the project.
Okay, so it was abhorrent with your values as people (who haven’t tweeted worth a damn in the past few days!) and yet this did not warrant the “irreversible action” of canceling the project. It’s such a shame that this wasn’t brought to you sooner, “just hours” before the deadline, because as white guy comedian and corporate apologist Casey Malone writes:
They made a really bad call. Straight up, this was a bad call to allow this to be funded. But it’s undeniable that they had not a lot of time to make that call in, and a weird confluences of loopholes in their policies. Big companies move very slowly, and they had to act fast, so you know. They made a bad call. That does not mean it’s a bad platform, or they’re bad people – in fact, they seem pretty upset about the whole thing, and I hope that they re-examine some of the policies that led to that call now that they have more than a few hours to breathe.
“…they had not a lot of time to make that call in…Big companies move very slowly, and they had to act fast, so you know,” writes Casey. Well, one fucking problem that sure as hell damns both Kickstarter as a company, the people incompetent and goldfish minded enough to write this press release, and Casey for not looking into this story before breaking it and defending Kickstarter in their statements.
Kickstarter pulled the plug on a project just minutes before it’s deadline last May. From CNN:
A campaign titled “KOBE RED – 100% JAPANESE BEER FED KOBE BEEF JERKY” first appeared on Kickstarter on May 14, and it raised $120,000 from 3,300 backers over the past month.
That is, until Kickstarter pulled the plug just before the campaign was scheduled to end and the money was set to go into the fraudsters’ bank accounts. Kickstarter relies on its community to self-police, and the Kobe Red shutdown came after sharp Kickstarter users and a documentary team raised concerns.
The supposed company in charge, Los Angeles-based Magnus Fun, promised the jerky was the first kind made from the tender and expensive Japanese Kobe beef.
Good to know Kickstarter prioritizes fighting beef jerky fraud over women. That’s really fucking low and quite honestly, the biggest insult to everyone that has spoken up against this Above the Game story. Kickstarter openly lied about how they didn’t have enough time to pull the plug, and Casey Malone defended their incompetence – especially horrifying since this story broke just last month.
As for Kickstarter right now, it’s employees have, for the most part, stopped tweeting entirely, it’s deleted a chunk of an onslaught of Facebook posts raising hell on their Page, turned away people at their door, and made no further statements as to what’s going to happen next with Ken Hoinsky’s project.
The fact that they’ve prioritized kobe beef scams over violence against women is utterly disgusting and an insulting line in the sand to draw.