Carolina Public Press this week published a story about a Kickstarter campaign launched by television and movie star Whoopi Goldberg, one that left me asking one question - why is a Goldberg, who has a net worth of $45 million, asking the public to give her $65,000 to make the documentary?
Goldberg wants to tell the story of Jackie “Moms” Mabley, a groundbreaking comedian who was born in Brevard. That’s a worthy end. Mabley was an influential figure, as Jon Elliston, a Carolina Public Press editor, rightly points out. Her story should get a rightful re-telling.
But why is Goldberg, who probably drops $65,000 a year on coffee drinks and clothes, using Kickstarter to raise money for the project? It galls me that someone with cash and connections would take advantage of a site that to me is designed more for the struggling artist seeking to make a dream come true.
Goldberg, in her Kickstarter video pitch for the Mabley documentary, never explains why she’s turning to the public. At this writing, with five days to go on Goldberg’s campaign, she’s running about $7,000 short of her goal. We’ll see how it turns out, but you won’t see me making a donation.
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