Two pro-socialist and anti-capitalist American filmmakers, basking in the aftermath of their recent political/media success, have decided to use a decidedly capitalist business model – that of Netflix – to promote their socialist streaming service, the Louder with Crowder website is reporting.
Naomi Burton and Nick Hayes are the Detroit-based couple, consisting of two founders – to use another squarely liberal capitalist term promoted in recent years, especially in the tech industry – of the nascent streaming service, Means TV.
Their previous claim to fame includes producing videos for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – known online as AOC – that helped her win the US Democratic congressional primaries for a New York district, and eventually a seat in the US Congress last winter.
Now the Louder with Crowder – a conservative website founded by Canadian-American political commentator and actor Steven Crowder – points out that this approach may constitute for a clear case of hypocrisy – or indeed, an oxymoron at its best, or worst – as the pair seek to raise funds on their website to the tune of half a million dollars by the end of May.
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The money would then be used to fund the new Means TV service on Kickstarter by the end of the year, or in early 2020. Kickstarter itself is US-based crowdfunding platform that helps fund creative projects and merchandising thereof.
The new streaming service – if it ends up reaching its declared goal – will have original TV content, talk shows, comedy, reality TV, and on-the-ground reporting – for a monthly fee of $10. This is not only a business model – but also a news and popular culture model already widely deployed in the US – and to quite some success, both reach, and profits-wise.
It’s no wonder, then, that the Louder with Crowder would like to know if “a pro-socialist company collecting money for a service” to then use the funds toward growing by means of gaining more subscribers, to earn more money – would actually make good on the original socialist promise – and redistribute the wealth collected in this way – to the people.
“Obviously, these young whippersnapper entrepreneurs would never keep the profits – what with profits being a swear word,” the report noted ironically.