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Minneapolis man tries to crowdfund $53M to help Kanye West


Kanye West has asked for aid, and the people are responding thanks to a Minnesota man's effort.

After the rap superstar issued a high-profile Twitter plea to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to help him pay off his $53 million debt, Jeremy Piatt of Minneapolis has charitably decided to give a struggling Kanye a helping hand.

Piatt created a GoFundMe page titled "Help Get Kanye Out of Debt" that has so far attracted more than $5,000 in donations, though it has some way to go to reach its $53 million target.

The graphic designer's tongue-in-cheek (we hope) effort has also seen him reach out to Kanye's management on Twitter. In his personal message to donors, he writes:

"We must open our hearts and wallets for Kanye today. Sure he is personally rich and can buy furs and houses for his family, but without our help, the true genius of Kanye West can't be realized."

Piatt's effort has attracted international attention, with news organizations including Time magazine, The Daily Mirror, Cosmopolitan and Mashable picking up on the page.

"It's caught me by surprise, I didn't think it was going to get this big. I just kind of put it out there to see if it would do anything and it has," Piatt told KARE 11.

People donate, just to slam Kanye

Most of the donations have come from people who want to give the "Gold Digger" artist a piece of their minds.

"From a disabled veteran to one of the sleeziest men alive, I feel it's worth spending $5 to tell you that you sir, are one of the most arrogant turds on this planet," one wrote. "How dare you be so selfish. Here's $5 to buy a mirror and take a long, hard look at yourself."

"This was worth 5 bucks to tell you here is a real fundraiser to help our family struggling to pay cancer treatment bills." another wrote. "Kanye can go suck a lemon."

"I was about to pay for a veteran's lunch today when I overheard two people at another table express their concern about Kanye's financial woes, and how they wished they could make a difference in the world by ensuring it continues to blessed by his magnanimous and unparalleled contributions to the arts. 'This cannot stand!', they said….and I agree," donor Martijn Middelplaats said.

"Let him pay for his own lunch, until such time brilliant minds like Kanye can once again enjoy the lavish lifestyle they’re entitled to without worrying about how to afford another fur coat."

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