In a moment straight out of MTV's Ridiculousness, Nicole Easton made the decidedly stupid decision to try a leap from the roof of her new home into her backyard pool. She unfortunately landed on the concrete and crushed the bones in both of her feet. It was determined that she'd need to be in a wheelchair for 6 months to a year, pretty much halting her fun-with-roomies plans. Her mother's response? Crowdfunding.
That's right. Her mother posted the video on YouTube and made a GoFundMe page to raise $4,200 for Nicole.
I know what you're thinking. Yes, Kickstarter campaigns for the "Veronica Mars" movie and Zach Braff's "Garden State" sequel raised a few brows (mainly because they were spearheaded by people who aren't particularly light in the wallet), but they were both wildly popular, set online fundraising records and probably aren't a sign of humanity's moral demise. "Nicole's Recovery Fund" page on GoFundMe, started by her mother Carrie, is an entirely different story. Carrie hopes to raise money, not for medical expenses, but to pay her daughter's share of the rent in her new home so Nicole can continue to live with her buddies through her disability. She also hopes to raise enough money to pay for Nicole's food and toiletries.
Needless to say, the response from the GoFundMe community has been less than positive. Though Carrie has attempted to frame herself as a caring mother trying to help her daughter, most people see a person with no real point of reference to disability, sacrifice and suffering; and she's accused of being wildly insensitive and capitalizing on her daughter's immaturity. Several biting comments have been left on the GoFundMe page (most along the lines of "how dare you ask me for money for your stupid kid"). The video has since been removed and Carrie claims she's even been reported for fraud.
Please. Get well soon, Nicole. - Court Williams