Luckey: ‘I contributed $10,000…because I thought the organization had fresh ideas.’
Last night The Daily Beast reported that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is the “NimbleRichMan” behind a group of Donald Trump supporters pushing anti-Hillary Clinton memes, and now Luckey has responded. In a Facebook post claiming recent news stories don’t accurately reflect his views (and light on references to either shitposting or meme magic), the 24-year-old claimed his support of the Nimble America group consisted of a $10,000 donation because he “thought the organization had fresh ideas,” and that he did not write the posts credited to the pseudonym or delete the account.
Facing claims by a number of developers (including Polytron, TomorrowTodayLabs and others) that they would not support the Oculus VR platform if he remained attached to it, Luckey apologized for the impact of his actions. Despite the group’s roots in the /The_Donald subreddit, the exec claims he is a Gary Johnson supporter in this election. Even with this statement, it will be tough for anyone to forget his link to people known for spreading memes with racist, homophobic and other offensive themes, but he says he has no plans to donate further.
Unfortunately, the post also fails to answer our biggest question about the scandal — that someone out there is actually paying for 4chan-style posts and blatantly ignorant Pepe memes. That’s the kind of thing you do for the love, and seeing it commercialized by deep-pocketed private interests breaks my heart.
Update: Apparently contrary to the statement, The Daily Beast reporter Ben Collins has posted emails from Luckey earlier in the week claiming he made the posts under the NRM name.
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) September 24, 2016