Nina Paley v. Cancel Culture

Animator (Sita Sings the Blues), comic strip creator (The Hots), and all-round cartoonist Nina Paley had her most recent effort to self-publish foiled by IndieGoGo.

From Post Millennial:

On Friday, the crowdfunding site IndieGoGo canceled a campaign by cartoonist, comic creator, and gender-critical radical feminist Nina Paley after the project had exceeded full funding. IndieGoGo told Paley that her work, titled Agents of H.A.G., did not comply with their “Terms of Use” without further clarification.

Paley posted on Twitter, “I successfully raised 150% of my comic book goal on @Indiegogo. The campaign officially ended Tuesday. I just ordered books from the printer. IndieGoGo just canceled the campaign, and refunded the donors, with no appeal. All the money, funders, orders, gone.”

Paley’s IndieGoGo was a return to the comic medium for the artist until the cancellation. Paley wrote on her blog, “This is just another chapter in the story of my cancelation that began in 2017” when she realized she was a gender-critical radical feminist.

© Nina Paley

Nina has more to say about the efforts to frustrate her cartooning.

IndieGoGo just canceled  Agents of H.A.G, my first comic book in 30 years, AFTER the campaign successfully ended with 150% of goal. I already ordered books from the printer. Now all the money, all the orders, gone. No appeal, just gone.

She has recently taken to television interviews.

5 thoughts on “Nina Paley v. Cancel Culture

  1. Companies make decisions about what they will produce. Customers make decisions about what they will buy. If that’s “canceling,” so be it, but to me it just sounds like capitalism.

  2. Carlo and Ignatz comments seem to misunderstand she had for funding for her project. That proves that there was a demand for it.

    The donors didn’t cancel the project Indiegogo did.

    I have no idea about the legality, but they’re canceling the funding and returning it with no prior notice or chance of appeal.

    But IMO if the “reason” isn’t logical that is exactly what canceling someone would look like.

  3. I didn’t misunderstand anything. I’m just pointing out that using the term “cancel culture” for this situation is not appropriate, because it “politically” exaggerates a situation that, as far as we know, has no political motivation. I find it, frankly, exaggerate.

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