This weekend, Reddit was told by its parent company, Condé Nast, that they couldn’t run ads supporting Prop 19, California’s ballot initiative to legalize marijuana. Condé Nast stated they “do not want to benefit financially from this particular issue.” So, to prevent Condé Nast from benefiting financially, Reddit ran the ads for free, and members of the community voted up several threads related to Prop 19, filling up the front page with almost entirely Prop 19 material (as seen in the banner pic). But don’t worry, Condé Nast didn’t make a dime from it.
Condé Nast, I’m publicly offering to buy Reddit.
Hi TDWers, I’m Ben Huh, and I run the Cheezburger Network (which includes The Daily What, if you were too Prop 19’d to notice). I have made this offer privately to a few people associated with Reddit, and I’ll say it publicly now:
I believe that Reddit is one of the best communities I have seen on the Internet. I also believe that Reddit would benefit from more resources and less corporate interference. We can offer all of the above. And we’d love to buy Reddit and all those pesky troublesome users that we love so much.
Condé, we’ll be waiting for a call.
Then Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian responded:
Considering all that you’ve done with the Cheezburger empire, Ben, I think it’s at least worth dropping a note to Chris Slowe & the team to chat over some . . . uh . . . cheeseburgers?
Ooooooo this is getting good. *drags out lawn chair, scarfs popcorn, instinctively chants, “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry”*