Kickstarter abruptly canceled a project that focused on a fictionalized depiction of a biology teacher challenging a law that forbids him to question gender affirmation.
According to the project’s author Hans G. Schantz, the illustrated novel “The Wise of Heart” was previously reviewed and approved by Kickstarter and already passed its original $3,000 goal. Schantz then expanded the goal to $6,000 ahead of the deadline on May 31 only for Kickstarter to then remove the project, claiming that it had violated the community rules.
“A thorough review of your project uncovered one or more of the following violations: Inappropriate content, including but not limited to explicit or pornographic material [or] Hateful or offensive content that fails to meet Kickstarter’s spirit of inclusivity by promoting discrimination, bigotry or intolerance towards marginalized groups.” Kickstarter Trust and Safety said in a note to Schantz.
Schantz criticized the “generic note” for failing to hold to the “spirit of inclusivity” that the company presumed to hold.
“It’s sad that Kickstarter lacks a sufficient spirit of diversity and inclusion to be willing to tolerate an objective look at the scientific and political issues surrounding transgenderism as presented in the context of a courtroom drama,” Schantz wrote on Substack.
He further attacked Kickstarter for not providing him a reason for removing the project after reaching its initial goal.
“I infer they received a complaint, the substance of which I was not privy to and took unilateral action without allowing me any input. No due process, no ability to face my accusers or even to be informed of the nature of the accusation. The fact that Kickstarter waited until after the project was already fully funded and nearing a close is a more disturbing trend. Creators would be wise to deal with platforms more worthy of their trust,” Schantz wrote…. (Read more)