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You might remember (if you’re a long term reader of Sick Chirpse) that way before Hunter Moore and Is Anyone Up got super famous we actually featured it as one of our best new tumblr finds. Sure, it’s not like nobody had heard of it back then but it wasn’t as big as it was now, and Hunter Moore wasn’t on Anderson Cooper or being profiled on every prolific internet blog in the world (except this one) all the time. But then, a couple of days ago, the unthinkable happened. Hunter Moore did what thousands others had attempted through legal means and shut down Is Anyone Up.
Crazy right? Why would you shut down one of the most successful websites every that made you notorious in the world and was a guaranteed source of income for as long as the internet existed? In case you didn’t read my original article on Is Anyone Up, it’s a site that encourages people to send pictures of their ex’s dicks or boobs or pussies in, and then posts them on the website with a suitably tongue in cheek .gif or picture underneath. It’s pretty lolz. That is until you get featured on it and then it ruins your life. But there is an easy way to avoid that – just don’t send noodz to dickheads or just don’t BE a dickhead to start with.
Hunter claims he shut down the site for a myriad of reasons which are detailed below in the letter I’ve included at the end of this article, but it mainly seems because he was tired of underage girls submitting themselves or being submitted (apparently he got about 10 a day and couldn’t face looking at them anymore). I guess this is as good a reason as any, but you would think that if Hunter could afford to spend $5000 a month on security for his website then he could probably employ someone to look through the pictures so he didn’t have to. Although maybe it’s the principle.
Either way it’s kind of suspicious that a guy who has been so odious in the past about his website/occupation would suddenly perform a complete U-turn in his ideology. That’s right – instead of running Is Anyone Up now, Hunter will concentrate on raising money for charities by organising parties. Er, what? Interestingly, the domain name was sold to the owner of BullyVille – a site that encourages readers to send in pictures of people who have bulled them and then posts them up in an effort to reduce bullying – but this dude also owns a website called CheaterVille, which is remarkably similar to Is Anyone Up, only minus the nudity. Can you see there being some kind of curve ball on all this as the Is Anyone Up/CheaterVille super site gets launched later in the year?
Normally I would think so but the sincerity of Moore in his letter would kind of make me think he was genuine. Having said that, it would fit in with his persona if he just got everyone real hard like that and make him even more hated, as his Twitter handle suggests. The fact that he isn’t trying to less of an asshole in his general demeanour – he posted on his Twitter moments after the site got shut down that ‘ill fuck everyone you know and get them pregnant and lie about you and you’ll still be on my dick because i have hella followers on twitter ’. Since then he’s also tweeted stuff like ‘Do you know how much money i have now? do you know how much drugs are in front of me !? lil hunna mo go hard’ so it’s quite clear he’s not trying NOT to be an asshole anymore. But what is he up to? Guess we gotta wait and see.
You can read the full transcript of Hunter’s open letter explaining why he shut down Is Anyone Up below. If you don’t want to read it, it’s basically some bullshit about how he started the site because he was pissed off at his and his friend’s exes who essentially ‘bullied’ them and he wanted to get back at them, but the site developed into an actual way to bully people. Oh geez, didn’t see that coming when it was described as a REVENGE PORN site. How long until someone makes the next Social Network about Hunter Moore? Fuck it, how long until someone makes the next Hunter Moore movie about me!?
It’s been a little over a year from the first post on Is Anyone Up and its crazy to think that the few posts I did with my friends to get back at a few girls that broke our hearts would turn into what it did. I started the site with zero dollars, I had -$120 in my bank account and had to ask my mom for her credit card to pay for the $9 Server bill.
Running this site has been an uphill battle to say the least. From the Server Company’s bills to the lawyers taking people’s money promising they could get your images down to Facebook, PayPal, Live Nation, A Day to Remember and the countless others who tried to shut me down, beat me up or the girl who stabbed me and yet we are still here.
The site was started for the scene and I tried to keep it that way as long as I could by supporting bands and giving them reasonable prices on ad space. The bills were getting too insane and I had to turn to the porn game for extra money but it’s too shady and, in my opinion, it ruined the site. That and my appearance on Anderson Cooper didn’t help. The site was a blessing for me and still is, but I am burned out and I honestly can’t take another underage kid getting submitted and having to go through the process of reporting it and dealing with all the legal drama of that situation.
To everyone who got a tattoo, bought a shirt, wrote on your body, self-submitted or came to a party, I truly thank you for the support. Without your support, the site would not have been what it was. To all the girls who submitted those band guy’s and too all the guys who submitted the groupies, you made the Internet fun again. We Got #NBHNC trending on twitter, bands to make music videos about us and a lifetime ban for me on Facebook. Since we launched Isanyoneup.com a year ago, we received over 500 million page views. Girls got naked of all sizes at the IAU parties; we did it from Canada to Vegas. You made it possible for me to have the best life and made me realize what people will do for a few extra friend requests & followers on twitter. I’ll miss a lot of things but mostly the community. I never got to take in everything while it was happening because it was going so fast even though there was drama and lots of tears and pissed off parents, I feel blessed and thankful for all of you who came here to support me. I’ve become friends with the founder of BullyVille, CupidVille, CheaterVille and KarmaVille and he helped me realize that my talents in the programming and social networking world could be channeled in a positive way and we spoke about ways to move on, which is ultimately what I’ve decided to do. I might do some writing on bullyville.com to help people who have been bullied; I’ve been on both sides of the fence. I am putting this message up on Bullyville.com to stand up for underage bullying. I think it’s important that everyone realizes the damage that online bullying can cause. I would love to write everything here but I can’t. I’ll miss you all but once you’re on page 2 nobody cares anymore….”
I also have a new project at www.wepartyforacause.net. This will be all about me organizing parties that benefit different charities. These will be some of the largest and craziest parties you will ever see with a percentage of earnings going to a range of causes.