This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.
Hey guys, remember how that one series in Fall 2014 randomly decided to fuck up its pacing and tone by shoehorning AIDS into the plot? Well how about Crymore does that, but with pedophilia instead?
If you read nothing else in this post, this image will suffice. Glad to see [Underwater] is led by such a quality human being.
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Because, let’s be serious, you wouldn’t read that first one; I wouldn’t either.
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Have some music while you read. It’s gonna be a long one.
I had been batting around the idea of creating another post on fansub donations, but felt I’d beatenthathorse to the point where even Daniel Radcliffe wouldn’t fuck it in a play.
The route I had planned to take.
But in OT8, J.C.Penny brought up that some groups were having donation drives.
Figuring it could rekindle my motivation, I decided to look into it some more. And what I found was Commie making sick money off of donations. Way more than even the $4,000 UTW once raised. And how were they making it? By acting like they were broke. http://commiesubs.com/state-of-the-cartel-2015/
tl;dr: “We’re poor and we can’t give you anime unless you pay us.”
While I don’t like fansub donations in general, I despise lying to a user base in order to guilt trip their wallets open. So I did something I apparently wasn’t “allowed” to do: I contacted Gratipay (the crowdfunding service Commie was using, à la Patreon or flattr) directly.
Fansubbers Get Mad
As a result, herkz flipped his shit and blocked me on Twitter.
He’s been tweeting about me a lot the past couple days though, so maybe he’s just being tsun.
And Commie’s new pet (you know, the shitbag that killed Kaylith Fansubs) was none too happy either.
I mean, the whole conversation around this is hilarious, but you’re here for Gratipay drama, not Xythar-lite’s bitch tears.
It’s a quick read, but here’s a selection (Bardiche is RHExcelion, the supreme leader of Commie):
<BardicheAssault> Also the first jimmy wales donation drive was spent on madoka trip
to nyc and I want to do something similar for axpo
<&herkz> wow that sounds really useful
<&herkz> oh wait
<&herkz> not at all
<&herkz> what the fuck
<&duplex> holy fuck
<&airfoil> fansubbing, everyone
<&herkz> why the hell would you spend donation money on that
<BardicheAssault> I paid for food and hotel for like 6 people
<BardicheAssault> Why not
<&duplex> what the fuck
<&airfoil> as a contributing member to this group i demand to be allowed to use
donations for frivolous and expensive person expenditures
<BardicheAssault> Sure I'll pay for your hotel and food if you come to axpo
<BardicheAssault> If we do make enough money
<&airfoil> out of the donation tin you mean?
Yeah, that’s right. Commie’s donation drive is so RHE can afford an entourage. A little bit different from the official story.
Considering Commie had people like this donating…
…and had already made over $3,000 from Gratipay alone (this is ignoring all they money they made from DDLs, PayPal, Bitcoin/Litecoin, and all other crowdfunding sources they were on before)…
…I thought it’d be prudent to take a peek at a discussion they opened up around it.
Now, Gratipay is an Open Company, which basically means they take open source ideals and apply them to running a business.
I joined the conversation under the assumption that a company with such beliefs would not want to financially support someone who was:
A. Illegally profiting off of others’ works
B. Scamming/defrauding people
I was wrong.
“A” was taken off the ballot almost immediately.
As for B…
While that excuse made sense (gotta get that paper), the next one is where the crazy happens. And I should have expected it from someone named Chad.
That’s a lot of words, so let me just break it down.
Per Chad, Gratipay’s mission is to “enable an economy of gratitude, generosity, and love” and in order to accomplish this, they will financially “enable” literally anyone (with a special emphasis on enabling criminals and criminal behavior). So with that kinda mindset, when Chad randomly brought up /pol/ and /younglove/ communities as “unsavory”, the wheels started spinning.
And when he qualified what he meant by /pol/ and /younglove/…
…I was a little confused, and not in a good way.
(At this point, I’m way over the RHE drama, just so we’re clear. RHE would probably fuck a child if he got the chance, but he doesn’t seem like the kind of person even the worst parent would let their child near, so it’s kind of a moot point.)
Now, I don’t know whether /pol/ and /younglove/ are actual hives of racists and pedophiles (and quite frankly, I don’t want them in my search history in case that is the case), but whether they are or not is completely irrelevant because that’s what he (did I mention this guy’s the founder of Gratipay?) believes them to be. So I asked for some clarification, hoping I was misunderstanding his company’s stance.
And, well, he clarified it. As a bonus, have some Daiz (who joined soon after I posted a link to the conversation on Crymore, which is weird, considering I thought he was boycotting us).
Sometimes the dragon wins. And no, Daiz isn’t being sarcastic there; that’s his actual opinion.
Forgetting real life for a second, these are the kinds of villains I’d love to see in anime. They’re most assuredly evil, but you can almost sympathize with them. There were probably humans in their bodies once, after all.
Back to real life: what the actual fuck?
As you might expect, tumblr’s a little pissed off about the child pornography thing, so they’ve decided to jump into the conversation too. And since we all know where Daiz stands on the subject, there’s some rather entertaining discussion going on that you may be interested in following.
Hell, depending on when exactly you’re reading this, some even crazier drama might’ve cropped up. Though I hope not, since I don’t think my sides could take it.
Regardless of what you think about this drama-infused situation, I think we can all agree that if there’s any lesson to be learned from this whole hullabaloo, it’s that the only good arc in SAO was the first one.