On Monday, Seattle Weekly's special real-life superhero beat reporter Keegan Hamilton posted to The Daily Weekly about Phoenix Jones' attempts to get the public to pay for a new $10,000 crime-fighting suit. As with all Phoenix Jones related posts, it has garnered quite a response.
For the past month or so, Jones has been soliciting donations online to finance the construction of what he's calling his "super suit." His old black and gold getup was confiscated (and later returned to him) by Seattle police after the infamous pepper spray incident last year, and is apparently a little worse for wear. He wants his new outfit to include all sorts of cutting edge technology and materials, and, as a result, it comes with a $10,000 price tag.
Jones, aka MMA fighter Ben Fodor, writes on his website that he wants to upgrade the "bulletproofing, functionality, and redesign of my current superhero suit." He has convinced a company called Nightmare Armor Studios to donate their time and labor (worth $100,000 by Jones' estimate) assembling the ensemble, but he still needs cash for the raw materials.
His wish list includes a "ballistics shield used by SWAT teams, police officers, and superheroes to shield themselves from bullets, breach houses, and protect citizens caught in cross fire," that will reportedly be installed within the costume. According to Jones, the cost of this contraption "is in the $80,000 range," but the manufacturer has agreed to give him a drastic discount. He also wants a bulletproof face shield, and an HD live-streaming camera to broadcast his crime-fighting exploits on the Web in real time.
The post inspired a number of Daily Weekly commenters to chime in.
Ian Finkenbinder writes:
This guy is such a fucking horrible person.
Don't know the man, but I don't see why people are getting bent out of shape over this. Why do so many people get all crazy about his asking for support for a project? There are people raising money for all sorts of stuff, why can't Jones? I would like to take this opportunity to point out two things.
1. Purple Reign has raised at least two grand for an awesome cause. (citing the linked article)
2. If Phoenix Jones were planing on misleading his supporters and pocketing the funds, I imagine he would have come up with a better, and less controversial, story than that he wants to buy a new super-suit.
Corporate charities ask for millions pay their CEOs six-figure salaries and seven-figure exit packages. People should direct some of that righteous anger where it belongs. P.S. As an RLMS I can't wait to see how the suit turns out. :)
RLMS stands for Real Life Mad Scientist (everyone eventually asks)
Crystal Michelle Grant writes:
Thousands of artists online I run across EVERY DAY are asking for handouts for their own personal problems. Medical bill, "ask people for money" Going to be evicted "ask people for money". You can ask what you want. and the people that care about you will help you. Cool you don't give a flying fuck. But some people do. So what the hell ever.
And, finally, Anonymous writes,
Just like the musician that loves his art, he must beware that once he has tasted fame, his love does not become that of the lifestyle.
On a side note, real time streaming of his "patrols" is an utterly terrible idea for so called "crime fighting"... fan and haters can track him down, the police can monitor his every move and criminals can avoid him.