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Hilarious (And Embarrassing) Failed Celebrity Crowdfunding Campaigns  

Megan McLachlan
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Celebrities are not "just like us": They have a wealth of fame and fortune most people will never experience. For this reason, it's even more hilarious and embarrassing to see failed Kickstarters by famous people. Sometimes, when celebrities ask for money to fund a project, the world has to tell them "no thanks." 

One of the most hilarious failed celebrity crowdfunding campaigns involves former teen star Melissa Joan Hart, who tried to raise money to fund a romantic comedy. Another embarrassing failed celebrity crowdfunding campaign comes from the HBO Girls star Zosia Mamet, who never got her Cabin-themed music project off the ground. 

You may have botched a crowdfunding project yourself; if so, you're in good company. Here are some of the funny times stars crowdfunded projects and epically failed. 

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Creed's Scott Stapp Raises Money For New Album, Fiction Novel
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The rock band Creed rose to prominence in the late '90s and early 2000s with songs like "With Arms Wide Open" and "Higher." In 2014, lead singer Scott Stapp tried encouraging people to donate to his four-month Fundly campaign titled "Scott Stapp album 3 & 1st Fiction Novel."

Not only were many unaware Stapp had two solo albums, but a fiction novel seemed even more out of left field. Fans weren't too apt to reach into their pockets, and the campaign only yielded a little over $500, compared to the desired $480,000.

Age: 45

Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States of America

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A Debt-Ridden Theresa Guidice's Daughter's Music Video
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Theresa Guidice's daughter Gia took to Kickstarter to raise money for her girl band 3KT's next music video, with the goal of $7,500. Sounds simple enough, but when you factor in that the Guidice family is in debt for more than $10 million, it gets complicated. Donors were not so apt to give money to people who already owed money. When the fundraiser ended, it only produced around $900

Age: 18

Birthplace: New Jersey, United States of America

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Uwe Boll's Sequel No One Asked For
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There are plenty of movie sequels people would gladly crowdfund. Films like The Goonies could probably collect a lot of money to bring back Chunk and the crew, but what about Postal?

It's the German director Uwe Boll's psycho-simulator film based on a videogame, and it has a score of 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. Boll started a Kickstarter to fund the sequel, and the incentives were fascinating and terrifying, including an invitation to watch a movie with Boll (which sounds more creepy than anything).

The project only netted around $30,000 when the goal was $500,000. He didn't quit there, and cancelled the campaign.

Age: 53

Birthplace: Germany

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Help Orgy Fund Their Next Album
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In the late '90s/early 2000s, funding a new Orgy album might have sounded fun (remember "Blue Monday" and the band's appearances on MTV's TRL?). But more than a decade later? The band lost steam.

Regardless of logic, that was the goal of Indigogo campaign. Why did it fail? Other than the band's fans being 15 years older and having moved on, it wasn't even the full band, as only lead singer Jay Gordon had shown interest in the project. Only $8,000 were raised when the goal was $100,000.

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