Let it never be said that NMR isn’t a voice to “the little people.” We are the little people — and until I have my yacht that I do blow off of with transgender prostitutes and Chinese circus folk, I will continue to consider us as such. As such, we spotlight YouTuber stories, concerns and videos from all walks of life — successful or not. Here we have a YouTuber who calls himself Jeff 4 Justice who has recently focused his camera lens on the Young Turks and their recent Indiegogo campaign.
Full disclosure: I like the Young Turks and their crew. I’ve been to a few of their functions in a press capacity and have copped to liking their schtick in previous articles. I feel like if I went and hung out with other Jeff, I would find him whiny and pontificating (but then, so am I). So naturally, my biased ass might not be the best person to necessarily appeal to in regards to covering a video called “Was the Young Turks Studio Fundraiser Unethical?” Fortunately for other Jeff, I happen to be a HUGE fan of burning bridges and “shitting where I eat” (metaphorically speaking only). That being said, unfortunately for other Jeff, I wholly disagree with his theory.
See, similarly with the Zach Braff thing, which I defended as well, you can’t exactly say, “Well this person, made x amount of dollars at some point, why should I have to send them my hard-earned money?” Because the point is, you don’t. You don’t have to send them a dime. That is the beauty of this thing we call the USA. Hell, you’re not even forced to watch them do their thing. Jeff, neither you nor I, have any idea of how the Young Turks allocate their “income.” Is that gross or is that net profit? As you mentioned, they do have a large crew; I suspect that that crew does not work for free. Plus, filming and studio equipment takes quite a bit of money. Yes, you pretty much get to film for free by using your car as your set, but, well, there is a reason the Young Turks have a million+ followers a day — and a part of that reason has to do with the fact that their show contains production value and not a tarp in a car. I’m not mocking your tarp — I’m just pointing out the disparity.
Additionally, you slamming them for covering what you don’t view as real news, is clearly not a matter of widespread opinion — as you point out, they’ve exceeded their Indiegogo campaign amount. Enough people like what they do and how they do it, that they are willing to pony up the cash to have them keep doing it. Do the Young Turks have to put in their own cash? I certainly don’t think they need to if others are willing to pay for it. This is why producers exist, other Jeff. They round up money from investors to finance productions — in this case, the investors aren’t oil billionaires and speculative venture capitalists, but rather folks like you and I who think it’s pretty neat to get a t-shirt or a visit to the set.
In the interest of keeping my rant short (considering that your video, at 34 minutes long, didn’t extend me the same courtesy), I will conclude by saying that the argument that people should just give their money to the homeless instead of contributing to the Young Turks’ effort is a Swiss cheese notion. Why not have everybody give any and all their money to the homeless? Why should we have entertainment at all? Why not make homeless people the new millionaires? Arguing that people should donate to a cause close to your heart is fine — getting offended that they have a different set of priorities is childish. If it makes you feel any better though, I will forgo my usual canned, generic Cenk Uygur quote. Like I said, I’m a man of the people.
Here’s more from the oft-controversial world of fundraising: