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UPDATE: Newest FCKH8 Video Blurs Activism And Marketing, But Will Donate $25K Anyway

While FCKH8’s latest video raises awareness about Tennessee’s absolutely fucked up “Don’t Say Gay” bill (which won’t face passage until 2012), it also spends about half of its 2-minute running time asking 100,000 people to repost their video and consider buying FCKH8 t-shirts, stickers, and buttons. FCKH8 pledges to give 25 cents for each repost, up to $25,000, all going towards the Tennessee Equality Project, but while it’s important to raise awareness and funds for local LGBT groups, the same question always arises in such campaigns: will FCKH8 donate less than $25,000 if their video fails to achieve their 100K viral goal? And if so, what does that say about their intentions? Maybe they’re depending on a fair amount of those 100,000 people to help subsidize their donation by buying merchandise. Hmmm…

UPDATE: According to Luke Montgomery, head of the FCKH8 campaign, “Tennessee Equality Project will ge getting the full $25,000 amount for sure at the rate people are clicking “Like” and tweeting [our video]. We’ve already cut the first check for $5,000 on the first day to them… but we would for sure give them the full amount even if an asteroid hit because they are fighting in the trenches and doing great work down there.” Montgomery also says that of the half a million made through merch sales, that $40K has gone to Equality California and $30K to the The Trevor Project (though that still leaves $170,000). However, it’s still a nice surprise! Looks like FCKH8 isn’t just about hawking t-shirts, stickers, buttons, and getting children to say the F-word after all.

By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           May 6, 2011
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  • 5 Comments
    • Bubba C
      Bubba C

      “… will FCKH8 donate less than $25,000 if their video fails to achieve their 100K viral goal?”

      Only way to find out, is to repost!
      Honestly, these people have been trying to raise money for gay causes since they began, as long as they stay within the law, who cares how they get it done?!

      May 6, 2011 at 8:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonathan Cole
      Jonathan Cole

      The blatant homophobia behind the Don’t Say Gay Bill in Tennessee provokes a visceral reaction that challenges common civility. Opponents cannot expect LGBT people and their families to remain civil while their civil rights are attacked. Tennessee Equality Project does not use or endorse the use of profanity in our advocacy work. TEP may disagree with other’s style and tactics, but we welcome financial support from individuals and organizations that share the same goals of protecting our rights and recognize the importance of our work.

      Jonathan Cole
      TEP Board Chair

      May 6, 2011 at 9:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Luke Montgomery with FCKH8
      Luke Montgomery with FCKH8

      Of course, FCKH8.com will be giving the full $25,000 amount to the work of the Tennessee Equality Project as they kick-ass and are the ones fighting this fight on the ground. In the first day alone we’ve already cut them a check for $5,000.

      May 6, 2011 at 9:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • divkid
      divkid

      filthy mouthed fuckers!
      – a BIG mother fucking TICK :)

      May 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Janine
      Janine

      a secret agenda of brainwashing is proven by the use of the little girl at the beginning.

      she is being exploited. any group that goes to that means proves its immorality.

      how can anyone justify pulling in a little girl to push an agenda. absolutely disgusting, deplorable, and despicable.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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