Earlier this week, Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal webcomic, responded to a lawsuit threat by FunnyJunk with an Indiegogo campaign to raise $20,000 for the National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society. The campaign hit its $20,000 goal in an hour, and has accrued over $144,000 to date, with 14 days still left to go.
But–not content to settle for just one asshole move–FunnyJunk lawyer Charles Carreon has responded to Mr. Inman’s campaign by trying to get it pulled from Indiegogo. Because egos are more important than cancer research, obviously.
According to NBC, Mr. Carreon:
believes Inman’s fundraiser to be a violation of the terms of service of IndieGoGo, the website being used to collect donations, and has sent a request to disable the fundraising campaign. (The fundraising website has only responded with an automated message so far.)
Apparently some Oatmeal fans did take the whole fracas a step too far, though: Mr. Carreon claims that he has been the target of “obscene emails” following Mr. Inman’s campaign, an unfortunate consequence of becoming an Internet punching bag.
Trying to cancel a charity campaign, though? Not exactly the best way to engender sympathy from the Internet masses.