TheOatmeal.com is one of those sites that everyone loves. This site posts hilarious comics about daily life that anyone can relate to, and the writer Matthew Inman strives to be unique, original, and hysterical on a pretty constant basis.
This afternoon, TheOatmeal posted this piece on the on-going battle between the site and FunnyJunk, which has been posting a lot of TheOatmeal’s original content without giving credit to the site. It seems the latest installment in this online drama is that FunnyJunk is threatening to sue TheOatmeal if Inman does not remove all mentions of “FunnyJunk” from the site, and also sends FunnyJunk $20,000 in damages.
To quote Inman’s rebuttal, “You want ME to pay YOU $20,000 for hosting MY unlicensed comics on YOUR shitty website for the past three years? No, I’ve got a better idea. 1. I’m going to try and raise $20,000 in donations. 2. I’m going to take a photo of the raised money. 3. I’m going to mail you that photo, along with this drawing of your mom seducing a Kodiak bear. 4. I’m going to take the money and donate one half to the National Wildlife Federation and the other half to the American Cancer Society.”
So, Operation BearLove Good, Cancer Bad began. And reached its goal of raising $20,000 in 64 minutes. (At the time of publication, $29,606 had been raised.)