After watching Kim's video RE: Vlogbrothers spam thing, and reading the comments, I just realise how fucking brave that is of her! After the post-bobs4kim thing, she becamse the postergirl for 'youtube scam', totally unwarrentedly as she NEVER HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT.
Can I just take a moment to talk about this. Bobs4Kim was an idea that Damien had, which then a LOT of people got behind, myself included. Our idea was to host a 12 hour stickam chat, which people would pay $3 to come into. The $3 was a donation to buy Kim a new computer. Hers had broken and we missed her videos. As a group of friends we thought that would be a cool way to get her online again. There was no suggestion that we were holding out our stickam chat to ransom or something, or that you had to pay to watch our videos... it was just like a little donation to get kim a new computer. If you watched her videos and liked them, and you wanted to help out, that was a way of doing it. Noone asked Kim about it, and she was not involved at all.
That was the whole thing- put $3 into a pot, and we will hopefully raise enough money to get our friend back online. So that it wasn't a boring thing where you got no return on that donation, we had the stickam thing like some sort of party to celebrate it. It was essentially like a 'charity dinner' except really cheap and more fun. The people involved often used Stickam at the time anyway so it wasn't like this was the only opportunity to get to see them on there.
The money raised was a little less than needed for a computer so I think Kim paid the remainder. In any event, afterwards she was villified on youtube for her part in this 'scam'. I have never understood how this could be a scam- it was a fund raiser- the whole thing was explained beforehand to anyone who donated money. You donated $3 and you could come into the stickam chat we were having if you wanted to. THAT WAS IT. If you didn't want to help kim get a new computer, then you didn't donate. The definition of a scam is someone being duped into something. Noone was duped into anything.
After this whole thing, darling Phil of SXEphil decried it on his channel, after being an active part of this whole thing. That was pretty much the time when I stopped talking to him and realised his two-faced 'anything for teh viewz' ways.
The larger youtube community ended up seeing the whole thing as some kind of scam. Damien took months to send Kim the money for some reason, and she was put off making videos after the vicious backlash. I got dubbed 'Paypal-lilies' and was tarred for a while (still, I guess) this 'scam artist' brush.
So yeah. That is the story. I don't really like to even talk about it here because someone who didn't like it will get on the bandwagon of calling me a scammer again.
The argument that there are better causes out there than a friends computer stands perfectly true. There are. But so what? Why don't YOU raise some money for them?