What the hell is wrong with you, Amanda Palmer?
If no one paid her or her husband, Neil Gaiman, they'd be homeless. She is where she is *because* she got paid. A lot. But now that she is rich I guess she thinks artists shouldn't ask for money? They should just make art and hope someone hands them a sandwich and rent I guess? Guys, she is just the worst. This is what unthinking privilege looks like.
Wealthy musician Amanda Palmer, who last year raised $1.2 million on Kickstarter to produce and release a record, recently used a TED talk to expand on the idea that artists should be willing to work for free. After relaying a story about how she used to be a street performer, Palmer, who is married to a very successful author named Neil Gaiman, told an audience of people who'd paid $7,500 apiece to be there that musicians shouldn't "make" people pay for their work, but rather "let" people pay for their work. She also explained that she found it virtuous when a family of undocumented immigrants huddled together on their couch for a night so that she and her band could have their beds, because her music and presence was a fair exchange for the family's comfort. After about 13 minutes of explaining why she is content with people giving her things, Palmer received a standing ovation.