What I will also say any day of the week is that if you want to come to the internet, accept $160k, and ...
...I AM angry about it....
Why on earth would you be angry?
A youtuber with an existing channel and a large following put their hand up and said, hey guys I want to do this silly little niche project, if I can make 6 grand off it then I'll break even and be able to forge ahead with no worries.
Then people in that niche threw 26x more money at her than she needed, making it a very successful business for her, no doubt funding her work for the next many years.
So fucking what? She didn't ask for 26x more than her expenses. She didn't promise to expand the project if more money was thrown at her. She has fans, they gave her a lot of money and it has nothing to do with you.
People who backed it knew who she was and what kind of content she produced. She was already making these kinds of feminist pop-culture videos at that point, and already had a fan-base -- it's these people that funded her, not you.
Are you angry when people win the lottery?
Are you angry when millions of people rush out to buy the latest "Call of Honor: Medal of Duty", giving the publisher 100x their expenses while receiving the same poor quality turd they're happy to swollow every year?
Are you angry when the people behind Nicky Minaj or Justin Bieber or One Direction do the same?
You might not like the videos, but thousands of other people do.
As for comments on YouTube -- everyone knows that youtube comments are only 2nd to 4chan when it comes to useful discourse. It's not a medium for conversation or debate at all, so arguing that disabling comments there has stifled debate is ridiculous.
Second, when she launched her kick-starter, she was inundated with hate-mail from anti-feminist "gamer" dick-weeds, many of whom went so far as to make death threats against her. 4chan in particular had a field day with her. She has good reason to believe that youtube comments will be full of the worst kind of abuse. In fact, the main reason that she received so much funding was because the severity of this harassment turned it into a big news story, and many people decided to over-fund her in order to show their support and solidarity against the misogynist hordes attacking her!
If you really want to join the conversation, you're free to do so within the little feminist communities which the series is targeted at / made for / funded by, such as in the tumblsphere or facebook, or on forums like this.
Edited by Hodgman, 11 March 2013 - 12:27 AM.