No one wants guilt money

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Ap­par­ently guilt-stricken users of the web­site Red­dit are try­ing to do­nate money to good causes, but no one seems to want their cash.

A Red­di­tor, as users of the news-shar­ing web­site are called, on Sept. 1 urged other Red­dit users to give money to the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion to ease their con­sciences for look­ing at the naked pho­tos of fe­male celebri­ties that hack­ers un­leashed on the In­ter­net the pre­vi­ous day. The pic­tures first showed up on the web­site 4chan and spread to Red­dit, Twit­ter and other sites, ac­cord­ing to web­site Mash­able.

The char­ity was sup­pos­edly cho­sen be­cause one of the ac­tresses in­volved in the hack, Os­car win­ner Jen­nifer Lawrence, made do­na­tions to support prostate can­cer re­search.

But the foun­da­tion wasn’t in­ter­ested, and on Sept. 2 firmly made its views known and re­turned the $6,000 that had been raised.

“We would never con­done rais­ing funds for can­cer re­search in this man­ner. Out of re­spect for ev­ery­one in­volved and in keep­ing with our own stan­dards, we are re­turn­ing all do­na­tions that re­sulted from this post,” the foun­da­tion said in a no­tice on its web­site.

Red­di­tors then tried to raise money for Wa­ter.org, a not­for-profit de­voted to pro­vid­ing clean drink­ing wa­ter, but were again re­buffed. Mash­able re­ported Wa­ter.org shut down its do­na­tions page Sept. 3.

A Red­dit user summed up the sit­u­a­tion in a com­ment: “Guys, we’re lit­er­ally worse than can­cer.”

Jen­nifer Lawrence, shown after win­ning an Os­car in 2013, was one hacker tar­get.

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