Last night, Lauren Faust joined Tara Strong and a laundry list of #horsefamous fan-VA's, on "The Old Gray Mare" podcast, to raise money for the Wildlife Learning Center. Up for auction, was a rare opportunity - the chance to have artwork of your own OC, drawn by Lauren herself. Right off the bat, this commission was expected to pull in a few grand, and everyone hoped that the character would be something inspiring. At the end of the show, the high bid hit $3604, the winner? A brony in Canada named "Cole" or "thereallynewmop".
This would be a very generous gesture....if he actually paid up.
Let's meet Cole.
From his DeviantArt (which was used to place the bid in the charity auction), this is Cole's OC.
And she was going to! Here she is on DeviantArt, telling the guy he "rocked" for his generosity.
And we would be inclined to agree with her! But shortly after placing and confirming his winning bid in this charity auction to help animals, our artistically-challenged philanthropist...disappeared.
This, of course, is not shit that the community tends to tolerate, and so a search ensues for any form of contact information for the bidder. Was it a troll account? Was it a hacked DA?
We wish we could tell you it was.
The truth is far more cringeworthy.
First, anons looked deeper into his DeviantArt account, to see if it was truly an active individual. It was. Has been for years. Above is a selection of some of Cole's "artwork". In the corners you can see where he made tributes to Everfree Network, Equestria Daily, and the Terrorist Attacks of September 11th.
Still in search of contact info, the concerned anons looked into his DeviantArt journal.
They found only fanfiction and complaints about Youtube.
Deviantart was getting them nowhere, so they expanded their search to the internet at large.
There, they found his Soundcloud.
And his Tumblr
And his MLP Forums account (in which he claims to be 23 years old).
If you were curious, his interests include PewDiePie, Sonic the Hedgehog, and The Wiggles.
They also found his steam account and several others, but nothing in the way of contact info, to retrieve the funds for the charity.
Until they found his facebook.
Yep, Cole is a real person, but he's definitely not 23.
From here people were able to contact him, but not before learning more about his interests.
Interests which include Justin Bieber and Rainbow Dash.
And Everfree Network, and "Journey of the Spark"
And, apparently Jose Mendoza...
Finally the charity organizers were able to reach him about his massive bid for the Wildlife center.
Which he is not going to honor, because apparently this kid doesn't even have a credit card.
By the way, this kid has over 2000 twitter followers, on an account where you can learn the fascinating backstory to the OC that will NOT have art made of it now.
Oh thank you for clearing that up.
This entire ordeal has created more questions than it answered.
Will the charity get it's money?
Will it go to the second place bidder? Is he even obligated to honor his bid now?
How old IS Cole?
Did he even know he was bidding with real money?
WAS HE GOING TO ASK HIS PARENTS FOR IT?
What the hell is going on in THIS?
Because of how many things are unclear right now, and because of how badly the Wildlife Center needs this money, you can donate to the cause using the link below.