Guys, we need to talk. You need to stop kickstarting the vanity projects of the rich and famous. I saw that Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas (not the Matchbox 20 guy) raised three million dollars on Kickstarter to fund a Veronica Mars movie, a couple of days ago, and I couldn’t believe what I was reading. My jaw dropped, hit my keyboard, and completely ruined an awesome tweet I was in the middle of. Some of you are now saying “Who’s Kristen Bell?” and even more of you are saying “Who’s Veronica Mars?” Kristen Bell is an actress who was the star of the former TV series, Veronica Mars. According to Celebrity Net Worth, as late as 2010, Kristen was worth 8 million dollars, and she has worked steadily since then. Veronica Mars is a TV show that aired on UPN (you remember UPN!) and the CW.
At this point, you’re probably wondering why I’m poo-pooing plans to revive a TV show as a movie, funded by fans of the TV show. You’re saying to yourselves, “You’re just an internet spoil sport, Earnest Pettie!” No, I am not a spoil sport! I am a person who has the bigger picture in mind.
This movie is the latest in a series of high profile Kickstarter projects in which people who are both rich and famous take to the internet and beg their fans to give them money to do their passion projects. These are projects that likely wouldn’t ever stand a chance of making money. That’s why their money managers laugh, take a moment to compose themselves, and laugh again whenever their clients bring these projects up. These rich and famous people don’t want to spend their hard-earned money on these projects so they beg their fans for funding. “Well, Earnest Pettie,” you ask, “why shouldn’t a fan pay to help create something they’re obviously interested in?”
Fans shouldn’t be asked to do this because they are being tricked into investing in a project without receiving the benefits of being an investor. If Kristen Bell had asked all these fans to invest in this film, then they’d be entitled to a share of the revenue earned by the film should it ever turn a profit. If fans are this excited to donate to a project, imagine how much more excited they’d be to invest in it! As it is, if this project turns a profit, those profits will be divvied up by Kristen Bell, Rob Thomas, and Warner Brothers, and as far as I’m concerned, this is just unfair.
Now that Warner Brothers has seen that they can get three million dollars for a small movie just by using a little star power to ask for donations from the public, I find it hard to believe that this won’t happen again and again. That’s why I’m asking you to please stop kickstarting the projects of the rich and famous. They are the most able to afford to fund these projects so let them do it. You can still do your part to pay for these projects by buying a ticket to the movie, renting the video, or even buying film-related merchandise. We love you Kristen Bell, but when it’s time for the Veronica Mars sequel, maybe you and your friends could try just paying for it.