Twas the fight before Christmas
And all 'cross the net
A shitstorm was brewing
That none would forget
For those of you who don't frequent EQD, you might be unaware of the PR nightmare that became of the release of a song called "This Christmas Night", a holiday themed song sung by 5 Voice Actors and Actresses of My Little Pony, and their friend, some guy named Gabriel.
Ostensibly, the song is intended to raise money for a charity effort, something we can whole-heartedly support (as we are just assholes, NOT monsters). However that message quickly became lost in the muck and the mire that is one man's ego, and an online comment section.
The theater for this showdown? Equestria Daily of all places (or at least it was, before the mass comment deletions by administrators)
It is clear that Gabriel was doing little to improve his image in the community in his responses to many of these comments.
Honestly, including screencaps of the entire exchange would take pages of space, you can go examine the whole thing at your own discretion.
The reason we're posting this at all, is because it's mentioned in the exchange that this is somehow all OUR doing in the first place
For the record, saying that it's "all" exaggerated, is - in itself - an exaggeration.
By now you must be wondering what all of this is about. What we can gather is that this is ongoing backlash for the $100 Skype Chat that is now for sale on "BuyMyMerch.com" which many fans have deemed distasteful in recent days. This, being the first recent major post involving Gabe on the much larger web community of Equestria Daily allowed it to be the first outlet to voice opinions on the matter. The multiple hour-long tirade was only fueled by his presence on the thread and his tendency to reply to those voicing negative opinions of his public behavior.
Other commenters had concerns with the method of the charity itself, as it lacked any discernible "direct donate" option for the cause, only allowing those in a giving mood to give by purchasing the song, and trusting that the proceeds find their way to the organization.
The links provided for the purchase of the track linked to his personal BandCamp page and Michelle Creber's "cdbaby" account.
The charity link provided offers only one option for donation, a confusing page with a single option
"Help build a school
Add to Cart"
But there you have it. Anything bearing the Black Grieving brand seems to be tainted currently, to the point that even the hugbox is taking the gloves off.
We now return you to your hiatus, already in progress.