Former Gawker Employees Launch Kickstarter to Buy Back The Site

Former Gawker Employees Launch Kickstarter to Buy Back The Site

We all remember Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel destroying Nick Denton’s Gawker in the court after the tabloid site published Hogan’s sex tape. Not only did the wrestling Hall-of-Famer take the media group to court, Gawker‘s own insurance sued them, saying they weren’t liable for the defense cost in the case. Hogan won and was awarded $115 million in damages, forcing Nick Denton to sell his media group for a measly $135 million to Univision, a Latino-oriented media company.

Now former employees of Gawker Media are raising funds via Kickstarter to buy Gawker back.

Gawker isn’t gone, it’s up for auction. The person who drove the site into bankruptcy wants to buy it. 

We’re a group of former Gawker Media employees across editorial, tech, and business, and we want to put in our own bid to buy it back.

We believe the site can thrive in an entirely membership funded model.

Oh, this is good.

Gawker was willing to chase stories that other outlets considered too risky or salacious. But the truth is often inconvenient, and Gawker’s work isn’t done. We want to dig deeper. By setting ourselves up as an ownerless, advertiser-less, non-profit media organization, the editorial team will be able to do what they do best.

I don’t really think publishing sex tapes is anything to be proud of, but what do I know? I’m just an asshole blogger who doesn’t try to hide behind the title ‘journalist’ to shield myself from criticism when I write utter rubbish.

Many of them are otherwise employed and we can’t disclose their names just yet, but we can tell you’s Founding Editor Elizabeth Spiers is advising and will be joining the board of directors.

Not that bloody harpy. All she does is complain about the Trump children and how no one will give up their seat for her on the train. I believe she also called PayPal founder Peter Theil, who Gawker outed as gay before his big deal with Saudi Arabia, ‘unhinged’ and a ‘gleeful’ nihilist in her Medium post after he joined forces with Hogan to take the media group down.

But honestly, I truly hope they get the funds to buy Gawker back just so I can watch it all burn to the ground again.

Good luck, lads.

Nora Ralph

Student, worker, and Co-Founder of the #Killstream. You can also catch me on TheRalphretort Rundown.

  • Maintenance Renegade

    They’re collecting this money to “make a bid” at he auction so even if they get the cash they’ll still never get it because all Peter Theil has to do is show up and bid one dollar more and since he’s worth 2.5 billion dollars even doubling their kickstarted bid would only be an expenditure of 1/10,000th of his total wealth.

    Personally I hope he does buy the site and turns the front page into a collage of Hulk Hogan glamour shots, paypal ads and #GamerGate memes. Then also hire a few staff writers to continually document every excruciating detail of the live’s of Gawker’s former staff members and continually dox them all on it.

    • Lost Question

      if I had to guess i would say most of the ex-gawker staff are still unemployed and they were offered a bunch of money to be the new face of gawker(2.0: cancer harder) it’s probably going to get a huge jump in funding last minute.

      • Maintenance Renegade

        Whether they actually intend to launch a new outlet or not (I’d lean toward not) you’re right in this being totally about someone’s continued unemployment and a stunt they hope to pay their rent with for some time to come when their bid inevitably gets outbid.

        Whole media apparatus is on the rocks and the clickbaiters are dropping like flies. Even Gawker’s former staff wasn’t so undesirable the “industry” they work in is a rapidly shrinking one.

    • Mr0303

      I don’t think they actually believe they can compete against Thiel, so in true GamerGate fashion this may be a Kickstarter scam to funnel money to their unemployed asses.

  • Mr0303

    I wonder who the hell would actually fund this, but then again there are enough suckers in the world to make Anita Sarkeesian rich, so I suppose it is possible.

    • Celerity

      If I were rich as fuck I would do it just so I could watch it burn again.

      • Mr0303

        There are enough cancerous outlets to watch them burn to revive this one.

  • Grust

    Sorry my money goes to game collecting not helping to resurrect a corrupted site.

  • Toastrider

    Wonder if we could get Markus Persson and Peter Thiel to go halvesies on it?

  • temmy9 .

    This is great because it will give us an opportunity to destroy it again.

  • Maintenance Renegade

    This kickstarter failed, get rekt moar Gawker you subhuman shiteaters.