Earlier this week, British musician Devonté Hynes lost all his belongings when a fire broke out in his apartment. Even more tragically, the fire killed his beloved dog Cupid. Seeking a way to help, the mother of his girlfriend Samantha Urbani (of the band Friends) started a Go Fund Me that has raised over $24,000 from supportive fans. It also caught attention of a member of the Guardian's editorial board.
In her piece as it reads now, currently entitled "Why celebrity crowdfunding has little appeal," Holly Baxter takes issue with the idea of wealthy and/or privileged and/or famous people crowdfunding, comparing Hynes to crowdfunders like Zosia Mamet and Zach Braff. Baxter argues that crowdfunding is legitimate when it allows people to produce work that they otherwise wouldn't be able have creative control over. She's not supportive of people who are raising money to replace things but is supportive of those raising money to make things: