High Scam Guardian?

There’s something going around about a new Americanized Anime for Crunchyroll. It’s making some buzz around the internet for all the wrong reasons. Well, if Kate Leth isn’t enough to make you repulsed for the project… Then, let’s go ahead and talk about Marge Dean… Who’s also got quite a scam under her belt. Since we know virtue signaling and scams go together like peanut butter and grape jelly… Let’s tell a tale about Women in Animation.

An amateur animator was looking for work in the industry. As she’s in a central state, most people in that region are usually shut out of jobs for a big reason… To state that old adage: Location, location, location. If you’re not in New York City or the West Coast, you’re usually left out in the cold. It’s mainly because jobs in those fields merge around those metropolis areas. Anyone who wants a job is forced to move to those areas. And those jobs are not guaranteed.

While those jobs are scarce enough in general, animation jobs are hard if you don’t know the right people. Our animator wanted to find the right people to network with. So, after being told a handy tip by another animator, she was told to contact Women in Animation. Of course, networking groups require a bit of money. For a nominal fee a month, she gained access into this group. However, the access wasn’t worth the price.

As with all things related to a group of this nature, there were minimal resources related to the group. No forums. No contact lists that were automated. If you were quite gullible to create a profile for their yellow pages, you would expose your information for someone to do what they will with it. Never a good situation to be in, honestly. Screencaps are provided courtesy of this artist. This shows the beginning.

Initial letter from Marge Dean to the artist.

This first picture shows said artist sending out an introduction to Marge Dean, the group Co-President. The name is blurred out in this as is the email to avoid any doxxing or liability. Marge is trying to sell the artist into moving to the big areas. Anyone will realistically tell you that moving to said areas are a time suck, at best. And a money risk, at the very worst. There’s also that bit of uncertainty, as well.

However, the artist tried to move on from it all and tried to live her regular life. Yet, a few months passed by from that initial contact. Something just didn’t smell right for our artist. It would be another four months before she acted upon it with a simple inquiry.

You don’t hear from anyone for four months, you wonder what the heck is going on, right? Most normal people would have actually checked in around month number two or so, if they’re in charge of such an agency. Instead…

Wait? You’re an advocacy group, Marge? Well, that would have saved everyone else a lot of time and trouble if you say that up front. It was sold to this artist as a networking hub. Networking hub and advocacy groups are two different creatures. So, after our artist sees this, she replies back.

It’s only reasonable to ask these questions. Perhaps, the artist asked a bit too late. But, anyone with a reasonable amount of scruples would check to make sure everyone had the proper information, you know?

You don’t have the resources, Marge? Well then. What does the membership you collect actually go to? Perhaps you are working on acquiring those resources? Or maybe…

Oh yes, now we have the most reasonable statement here. Our artist is correct. Any free job site or paid job mill can actually do the same services that Marge claims to do. And they actually have proven results. But can Marge answer this?

That’s about a false apology if I’ve ever seen one. Also, Marge. Maybe you should work on your site, your membership ideals, and just overhaul the whole bloody thing. It’s just a suggestion.

I mean, it’s a reasonable statement to have if you’re in the artist’s shoes, you know. And she is right, if a site blasts around the idea of NETWORKING!!! for all to see. You would probably expect them to at least help you with something related to the online networking. But, since our artist had actual realistic expectations on how this works…

We get a sorry, but not sorry from Marge. That seems to be bad from from a group Co-President. Is this smelling like a scam to you, reader? I mean let’s face it… You get promised the moon, and they deliver moon shoes instead. I’d get a little mad. But the artist actually delivers a curt and polite answer. It’s more than I would have given. I would have probably used the line from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert about dynamite. Just saying.

Now, I’m firing the first salvo out. My fellow reporters in Nick Monroe and Ian Miles Cheong will have more out about it in the next bit. Also, my friend Weaponized Nerd Rage will also get more out about this story. But I’m not entirely making this up. Because I’m leaving the best part here for you. While Ink doesn’t have the best microphone at the time… Go ahead and listen to her story.

This is one of the women that Crunchyroll is trusting to bring Anime to make them like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. Except for the fact that Marge Dean isn’t pushing for any actual women in animate that isn’t white and logged into the ideals of the Maoist Left. Truly Diverse, Marge. Truly diverse.

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