To anyone who’s on the internet a little more often then they’d care to mention, you’re probably aware that Nickelback is the subject of a big “in-joke”. Hating Nickelback is just funny, nobody really knows why it happened, but it just happened. To the internet, Nickelback is one of the worst out there. One British man, however, has taken the joke to the next step. Craig Mandell has launched a crowd funding campaign simply entitled “Don’t Let Nickel Back”, and the goal is quite clear. Mandell has set to raise $1000 by November 23rd and is following a recent crowd funding project to bring The Foo Fighters to Richmond Virginia, except Mandell wants Nickelback to not come to London. In the description for the page, he says
“Following the recent crowdfunding of a Foo Fighters gig in Richmond, Virginia that did not exist, the Foo Fighters agreed to play the gig - subsequently traveling to Richmond and performing for thousands of adoring fans who helped make it happen. In a similar vein, we are attempting to ensure that Canadian ‘rockers’ Nickelback do not come to London, England to play a gig. With your help, we can ensure that the band do not schedule any gigs here, do not attempt to come here - nor even phone here. Just imagine, thousands - perhaps tens of thousands of music lovers - all not witnessing an exclusive concert by Nickelback in London. It will be glorious. Legendary. Dare we say, game changing?”
Quite an ambitious goal, how does Mandell expect to achieve this, you may ask? Well, depending on the amount of money donated, the campaign will email something to the management of the band on your behalf. The rewards range from a $1 prize for a kind request that the band does not play in London, to a $50 prize to send Nickelback’s music to Nickelback, in hopes that the band will hear their own music and retire immediately, ensuring the success of the campaign. All of the prizes come with the added bonus of “not seeing seeing Nickelback for the foreseeable future.”
Obviously, the campaign has come under a lot of fire, despite it just being a joke, from fans of the band, and people who are in on the joke itself. Non-fans criticize the page for accepting money to do something that anyone could do themselves. As a response an update to the page was added, saying
“Update: this campaign is not about personal profit. All proceeds will go to charity. Or perhaps therapy for those who've been affected by the band.”
Still not breaking character of course, but all the proceeds will hopefully be going to an actual good cause. So, for those of you who hope to have a laugh while potentially helping out an unnamed charity, this is your place to go. Especially if you like to revel in the collective butthurt of fans who take a joke just a bit too seriously.
Check out the kickstarter page here