Rich celebs taking to Indiegogo creates backlash 

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  • James Franco on the film set of 'Good People' on July 4, 2013 in London, England
The growing trend of celebrities taking to crowdfunding to raise money for their pet projects has began to have more than a few people scratching their heads. Why do millionaires need to raise money to create “art”?

For example, James Franco recently started an Indiegogo campaign to get the cash to bring some of his short-film ideas to life, asking for $500,000 (to date he has raised $241,937). Franco claims all the profits of his films will go to charity, but who in the hell is going to pay to see his indie short films?

It appears he just doesn’t want to sink any of his reported fortune of $20 million into it.

“Critics say this practice is taking away funds from lesser-known moviemakers,” said Fox’s Pop Tarts column. The blog cites the $3.1 million Zach Braff collected to create a sequel to “Garden State,” despite the fact that he’s reportedly worth millions as well.

A “Keep Celebs Off Kickstarter” site has popped up on Facebook. It will be interesting to see if this backlash continues.

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