Mandell states on the page that the campaign is not for his own profit. “All proceeds will go to charity,” the site says. “Or perhaps therapy for those who’ve been affected by the band.”
Originally posted on Time.com, the story has made national headlines. Whether people agree with Mandell, or just think it is a hilarious joke, the project is an extreme case of music elitism.
Whilst I was fact checking, I found the campaign hosted on Tilt, not Kickstarter. I was also amazed to find that 171 dollars had been donated from 34 backers. Seven of these people chose the ten dollar option of sending an explicit email to Nickelback.
Now, I don’t know if their music is to your taste, or if you’ve really listened to their album at all. Many people jump on the Nickelback hate bandwagon without a fair trial, but none of this matters. I don’t care if you think their music is worse than the scum of the ant you squashed on the side walk today.
This so called social campaign is BULLYING. People, it is national bullying month and one of our top news stories is about a man who is collecting money from people to harass a band. Mandell is publishing the fact that he is bullying the band. You can get arrested, fined and dragged to court over these issues and he is parading that fact around the internet.
Think about what you’re doing and sharing before you come to a conclusion. Whilst the emails probably won’t even get to the band members themselves, the news of what he was trying to do certainly will. We often ask what drives celebrities to depression, alcoholism and drug problems, at what could make them so stupid.
Have you stopped to think, even for a second,
that the reason could be us?
Be mindful of others and think before you act. Turn down the hate.