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Recounting the extraordinary life of author Kurt Vonnegut, and the 25-year friendship with the filmmaker who set out to document it.
Recounting the extraordinary life of author Kurt Vonnegut, and the 25-year friendship with the filmmaker who set out to document it.
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NO, “TEAM VONNEGUT” HAS NOT GONE INTO THE PORN BUSINESS

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Well this is awkward…

On Friday night, we sent out our latest update about our weekend clearance sale, offering discounts on several rewards, including selected pieces of Vonnegut’s original artwork, and Larry David Broadway tickets.

About a half-hour later, we got an email from one of our backers, saying that one of the links on the page led to some very offensive pornographic images. With our heart racing, we checked out all our links. Every link connected to the proper pages. Then we double-checked and triple-checked. We figured the email was a hoax, and wrote back to the sender saying we thought her alarming message wasn’t very funny. With that, we went to bed.

Much to our horror, we woke up Saturday morning to a handful of similar emails confirming that we indeed had bad links leading to a graphic porn site, yet we still couldn’t replicate the error on our computers. We were then informed that the problem was somehow an issue only on mobile devices, so we got out our iPhones, clicked on the link and… Whoa… hello!

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To make matters worse, there was no way to edit the page, remove the links, or recall or delete the update. With four different people working frantically all morning, someone finally diagnosed the problem as some malicious code stemming from the company that hosts our vonnegutdoc.com website. By mid-day on Saturday, we were told the problem had been remedied, and we could finally exhale.

Needless to say, we extend our deepest apologies to anyone who came across this material, though thankfully, most everyone kept a sense of humor about it, recognizing that we had obviously been hacked. Of the emails we received, our favorite came from a backer who was obviously familiar with Breakfast of Champions. He wrote: “The Vonnegut Mall site is infected, loaded with porn pop ups -- which would have been a bit less upsetting if there was at least something by Kilgore Trout amidst the skin. But alas, there was not.” (Good one, Ben.)

Due to Saturday’s rather unsettling disruption, we will extend our weekend clearance sale into Monday. So the reduced prices will hold for one extra day. That said, there are only limited supplies of the Vonnegut artwork and only two pairs remaining of the Larry David Broadway tickets, so you’d best get on it.

With only minor trepidation, we provide this link to Saturday’s original post. From there you can link to the display of Vonnegut artwork, of which selected pieces have been significantly reduced for the final days of our campaign. And if you see any images unsuitable for family viewing, then heaven help us, we give up.

Remember, we are closing up shop on Tuesday, 12 noon(PDT), 3:00PM (EDT) and 8:00PM (GMT).

And for any cynics out there who might conclude that we purposely planted the porn links to bring more attention to our funding efforts, let us assure you, we are not that dumb, and we are not that smart.

Cheers, everybody!

The “Unstuck Team

(The answer to yesterday's Vonnegut trivia question is: Phoebe Hurty.)

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      László Bóna on March 9, 2015

      It was just a hidden tribute to the art and works of Kilgore Trout. You must find the message even when it is wrapped in porn ;)

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      Terry ramos on March 8, 2015

      Well, as they say, there is a first for everything, so this was my first Porn Hack!
      Too bad I play on a different team, the porn was not my cup of tea but as a recovering catholic I must say it was more stimulating than my Facebook hack on my pc from the fellow Zhen in China.
      It being the weekend I still have not spoken with my boss, who I forwarded your email to, to inform her of the play tickets and plant a seed of support, so hopefully I am still gainfully employed come Monday. (This brings totally new meaning to "The Sterile Cuckoo" song..)

      I Thank you for your quick response, honesty, vindication and efforts.. alas I am not crazy ( the hysterectomy only took a little piece of my brain during mental pause.)
      Kurt is amused I am sure.
      I was ready to take my mobile device to my carrier and rip them there own new personal Breakfast of Champions emblem and really support and promote you folks but I had already cleared my mobile device memory of the page.
      No good deed goes undone and all that.
      Good luck and I wish you continued success with this awesome project..

      Is there anything I need to do to my mobile device?

      Do I get a porn consolation gift or door prize for being Jane on the Spot??

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      Terry ramos on March 8, 2015

      Well, as they say, there is a first for everything, so this was my first Porn Hack!
      Too bad I play on a different team, the porn was not my cup of tea but as a recovering catholic I must say it was more stimulating than my Facebook hack on my pc from the fellow Zhen in China.
      It being the weekend I still have not spoken with my boss, who I forwarded your email to, to inform her of the play tickets and plant a seed of support, so hopefully I am still gainfully employed come Monday. (This brings totally new meaning to "The Sterile Cuckoo" song..)

      I Thank you for your quick response, honesty, vindication and efforts.. alas I am not crazy ( the hysterectomy only took a little piece of my brain during mental pause.)
      Kurt is amused I am sure.
      I was ready to take my mobile device to my carrier and rip them there own new personal Breakfast of Champions emblem and really support and promote you folks but I had already cleared my mobile device memory of the page.
      No good deed goes undone and all that.
      Good luck and I wish you continued success with this awesome project..
      Do I get a porn consolation gift or door prize for being Jane on the Spot??

    4. Tiago Peczenyj on March 8, 2015

      Seems a plot by Kilgore Trout.
      Open Beavers :)

    5. Craig de Mello on March 8, 2015

      Ah damn, I missed the wide open beavers.