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Cracked fires its full time contributors?

Postby sunglasses » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:08 pm

Soooo I don't know any details or what just happened but may people are now looking for jobs. Cheese, Fortney, etc
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Postby archaeologydalek » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:47 am

Things are, indeed, going down. Stay tuned. Good night, and good luck.
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Postby iMURDAu » Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:26 am

Good luck back atcha.
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Re: Cracked now requires a subscription to vote on comments

Postby Tesseracts » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:12 am

















David Wong Tweeted to confirm Cracked still exists.



I'm not alleging anything but he is eating Cracked in this photo.

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Postby DamianaRaven » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:25 am

Well, this is heartbreaking. I'm not ashamed to say that I absolutely LOVE that website - not just for all the great content over the years, but also for bringing us all together. If not for Cracked, I wouldn't have Drew in my life so even if everything goes completely to shit, they'll always have my gratitude for that much!
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Postby cmsellers » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:25 am

It's sad that all these people are getting laid off before Christmas. I want to post Merle Haggard's "If We Make it Through December" but that feels flippant. It's weird that I'm fine joking about mass shootings but not people who made stuff I liked (well, some of them), getting laid off. I guess I feel like I know them, even if they never knew me.

And yet part of me is annoyed that David Wong apparently still has a job. It's not that I particularly wish him ill, but the decline of Cracked is at least partially thanks to decisions he made, and it seems like he'll be the very last person to suffer the consequences of those decisions. I wish his employers had tried replacing him before it came to laying off most of Cracked's writers.
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Postby DamianaRaven » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:34 am

It seems as if the concept of "staff writers" is being universally abandoned in favor of "freelance submissions." It should be interesting to see what manner of society this "gig economy" is building. I'd like to go on record now as predicting that it won't be pretty!
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Postby ghijkmnop » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:39 am

So, Cakewalk is killed off last week, LA Weekly was gutted this past weekend, and now Cracked. I don't know to take this, to be honest.
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Postby KleinerKiller » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:44 am

David Wong wrote:Cracked is still alive and I still work there and my plan is to keep publishing good things until the sun swallows the earth.


*glances around, shocked that I somehow missed the solar apocalypse*

But in all seriousness, cripes, this is not great. I harbor a lot of misgivings toward the site itself and I'm obviously about as fond of Mr. Pargin as the rest of y'all, but it's not fun to see all of these writers suddenly put out of work. My optimistic hope is that they manage to find jobs where they don't have to constantly whinge about politics 'n shit, and that the FCC doesn't strangle the internet dead and burn its remains so that it's still remotely possible to profit off writing online.
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Postby 52xMax » Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:01 am

Something's up alright, but I don't know if we should be jumping to conclusions based on the little information we have.

That said, whatever's going on is probably not good, but also not completely shocking to any of us who've been keeping track on the site and the continuous fuckups from those in charge of the business side of things.

I still like most of the creators that have worked there for years, and I hope they land on their feet, and perhaps the greatest tragedy here is how a company can't manage to turn all that talent into gold, but seems to be the current state of things.



I think he meant fuck Jason Pargin, and I agree.


Edit: the plot thickens.


So...they were all laid off. Wow, that sucks. It doesn't look great for cracked either, though.
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Postby A Combustible Lemon » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:23 am

Editors still seem to be up there, last I checked Brockway and Buccholz still say cracked in their bio.
http://forums.cracked.com/viewtopic.php ... 4#p3032134
Workshop is still fine too acc. to Wong.

Great signals they're sending though. If the layoffs are the future the new crop of workshop writers are looking up to... ha.

As for cracked itself, I really don't care to eulogize them, anyone who didn't leave five years ago is complicit in what's become of the site today. Just blame adblock and call fans entitled some more, this time I'm sure it'll work. And if you never did that, I'm sure there are other clickbait rags you can go write for now. I hear people are pretending Buzzfeed is good.
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Postby SandTea » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:40 am

If Soren can get a writing job, then Swaim, Wilbert, all the rest (sorry guys and gals, I'm gonna be lazy) should also be alright. Seriously, they all have been way better than UCB or SNL casts recently. I don't mean to disparage those folk either but Crackeds' video stuff has been amazing and I credit its writers. As much as I love to hate on madtv, if all the folk who apparently just got dropped by cracked made a skit show, it would be top of my list right now. Especially the "it must have happened" series. So much potential.
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Postby DamianaRaven » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:08 am

Here's hoping that Cracked didn't slip any sneaky "no-compete" language into their contract negotiations to prevent just that kind of thing from happening! They might be in for some serious competition of those guys got together and made their own comedy site.
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Postby DoglovingJim » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:19 am

cmsellers wrote:It's sad that all these people are getting laid off before Christmas. I want to post Merle Haggard's "If We Make it Through December" but that feels flippant. It's weird that I'm fine joking about mass shootings but not people who made stuff I liked (well, some of them), getting laid off. I guess I feel like I know them, even if they never knew me.

And yet part of me is annoyed that David Wong apparently still has a job. It's not that I particularly wish him ill, but the decline of Cracked is at least partially thanks to decisions he made, and it seems like he'll be the very last person to suffer the consequences of those decisions. I wish his employers had tried replacing him before it came to laying off most of Cracked's writers.


Bloody hell CMSellers, you got Merle Haggard stuck in my head again. Thank you for that, if we didn't have that tradition I'd have up-voted you.
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Re: Cracked now requires a subscription to vote on comments

Postby archaeologydalek » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:04 am

So...I still have a job, it turns out. I know that's going to be a disappointment for A Combustible Lemon considering their passive-aggressive 'complicit' bullshit, which makes it sound like I spent the last few years committing war crimes in the Sudan instead of writing internet comedy. They're okay-ish jokes, Brent.

Anyway.

We lost most of our salaried staff and the main office in LA is now closed. The only full-timers to survive are Wong, Brockway, Kristi, Cyriaque, Alex Schmidt, and Ann, and as far as I can't tell that's because they're all department heads; Kristi is Workshop, Cyriaque is Quick Fix (hi!), Ann is Image Contests, Alex is Podcasts, Wong is Executive Editor, and Brockway is Ramping Cars and Drinking Whiskey. Probably. We've entirely lost Video.

As for us contractors, our 'orders' are to carry on as-is...which leads me to suspect that we've just been LA Weekly'd: drop the big-name talent, replace them with relatively-cheaper contractors and freelancers. It's...a thing, I guess.

I'm meant to get out of bed today and carry on as normal, but what the fuck is 'normal' these days? I can't dwell on the assholes who are crowing about our demise and saying that we deserved this -- I need to do my job and support my friends, and that's going to be the new normal for a long time.

I know there's still love for some creators at Cracked, and I know that any kind or supportive messages directed on social media would go a long, long way. If you love someone, tell them -- now more than ever.
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