What happens when an idiot pisses the internet off?

27 Jun

(See update at the end)

Nine times out of ten, the internet makes something good out of it.

Because the internet is made out of people, and while it’s the asshats and douchebags who, squeaky rodents that they are, make much of the noise, the silent majority tends to be better–much better–than that.

So when ill-informed (and it would seem, ill-advised himself) attorney Charles Carreon demands that Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal send a check for $20,000.00, the latter appeals to his readers and raises more than that in a matter of minutes for the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation.

When butthurt attorney Charles Carreon sues Matthew Inman, IndieGoGo and both of the charities in question, because (paraphrasing) “charities should only receive money donated out the purest of motives,” the amount donated grows exponentially, to the point that when the fundraiser closed the final amount was about eleven times the original goal.

And when Matthew Inman decides to stick to the original plan and divide the final amount between only those two charities, someone else picks up the standard for two other charities.

Donate. Participate. Defend your right to say “fuck you” in any way you want, under the protection of the first amendment of the constitution of the United States.

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You can read Dear Author Jane’s summary here. You can follow Popehat’s legal discussion by reading these posts–and Ann Branson’s posts on the topic here.

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By golly, it does seem that those internets like their freedom to donate out of spite! Little Lying Bitch’s campaign reached its goal within three days. Hooray! Please do not let this stop you if you haven’t donated yourself yet–all monies above the stated goal of her lovely F-U campaign, to benefit the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Americans for the Arts, are just lovely icing on a freedom of speech cake.

Go on, decorate that cake–it’s open until next Friday, July 6th, at midnight.

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