Today Kickstarter offered a full apology for helping fund a manual on sexual assault, saying:
Let us be 100% clear: Content promoting or glorifying violence against women or anyone else has always been prohibited from Kickstarter. If a project page contains hateful or abusive material we don’t approve it in the first place. If we had seen this material when the project was submitted to Kickstarter (we didn’t), it never would have been approved. Kickstarter is committed to a culture of respect.
That’s great, and a lot of people have applauded it. I call bullshit.
The excuses, I mean rationale, that Kickstarter offered was that they only had a couple hours to act, and that their bias towards the creators of projects blinded them into inaction.
This is what I call bullshit on, given their response here:
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.
Kickstarter has owned the fact that the content is “abhorrent” and that they knew this before the project was funded. Yet the project was still funded because, oohhhh, only hours to cancel it. Jesus Christ, give me a break.
They were chicken shits and allowed the funding to go through, while knowing it was wrong. Then the story got too big and they coughed up $25k to a great charity, but still allowed a manual on sexual assault to be funded. They have to live with that, I won’t ever fund a project, or promote one, on Kickstarter again.
The trust was broken.