Twitter Gets "Hard Corps"

A documentary project raising money on Kickstarter (not news I know) about "sex trafficking" (also, not news) uses on its project page and video and in the documentary trailer itself undercover footage shot of sex workers, apparently without their knowledge or consent.

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  1. The project is called "Hard Corps"

  2. Here's the trailer:
  3. Hard Corps Teaser Trailer
  4. The project description boasts this image (blurred by me for the sake of anonymity):
  5. Update

    Several people who perform in porn are shown in the trailer for "Hard Corps," like veteran porn star Ron Jeremy who is being interviewed. The project page also states they interviewed performer Nina Hartley, who writes she didn't know what she was being interviewed for when they spoke with her at the Exxxotica convention or that they would use the footage in this way:
  6. Update

    About six hours after people began reporting "Hard Corps" to Kickstarter, the project creators have updated their project FAQ:
  7. Heidi DeRuiter also asked about their undercover footage:
  8. So does this project violate Kickstarter's terms for project creators?

    There's two ways it appears to.
  9. Kickstarter doesn't allow charity projects. This one is being produced by SAVN.tv, associated with the Salvation Army. It's not clear if this project is considered a charitable project, or a creative project.
  10. Here's how they describe their mission:

    SAVN.TV is about The Great Commission. Not only are these Internet TV call letters an acronym for Salvation Army Vision Network; they are also a contraction of the word, “SALVATION” -- a Salvation Army Internet Mission Station where salvation can be proclaimed and found. Jesus first cast the vision for this Mission Station in His proclamation of the Great Commission: Go into all the world and preach the good news (of salvation) to all creation (Mark 16:15). William Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army, carried this vision into the 19th and 20th Centuries with his proclamation: “We are a salvation people. This is our specialty – getting saved, keeping saved, and getting other people saved.”  

    “What is a Mission Station?” In 1876, Booth answered the question this way: “To this I reply that, as I understand it, it is not a building, or a chapel, or a hall; it is not even a society, but a band of people united together to mission, to attack, to christianize an entire town or neighbourhood… draw a line around the breadth of population you can hope to reach, and make that your parish, and aim, with tears and prayers, and the trumpet-blast of the Gospel, to christianize every soul within it.”

    Commissioner Jim Knaggs, Salvation Army leader and SAVN visionary, is Spirit-led to expand Booth’s vision, culturally, geographically and digitally into the 21st Century: “…to attack, to christianize” an entire cyberspace community – evangelizing beyond the lines. “It presents a pace-setting opportunity for The Salvation Army to be on the virtual missional and evangelical cutting edge.” `For a generation that is cause-oriented, SAVN provides the ability and opportunity to get involved directly, online, in unprecedented ways.” 

  11. Commissioner Jim Knaggs | Hard Corps Kickstarter
  12. Jim Knaggs, Salvation Army USA Commissioner and executive producer of "Hard Corps," appears in this video about the documentary to promote the Kickstarter project.

    Update

    When Nick Dale backed "Hard Corps" in order to leave a public comment for the directors, he received this receipt, indicating his pledge would be made to "Kickstarter, Inc., The Salvation Army." 
  13. (Kickstarter receipts name both the recipient and Kickstarter. Here's a recent receipt as an example:)
  14. Update (July 24, 2013)

    Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter cofounder, writes to say they are looking into "Hard Corps."

    Update (July 25, 2013)

  15. So: not only does the project front for the Salvation Army, it does so by using images of sex workers in their workplaces, filmed undercover.

    I posted about it briefly, and cc'd @whorephobia in a tweet; that account aggregates instances of bias and abuse against sex workers.
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